Everybody knows the Beatles made their first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” 50 years ago on Feb. 9, 1964, but so did another very famous British singer, Davy Jones of the Monkees, who, then a youngster, appeared as the Artful Dodger in the cast of “Oliver!” In an interview with this column, Jones said it was exciting.
“'The Ed Sullivan Show'? “That was a cool experience. I’d seen ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ on Broadway. I’d seen ‘West Side Story’. I’d seen ‘Funny Girl’. “I Can Get It For You Wholesale.’ ‘Mame’ and all these things. Dick Van Dyke in “Bye Bye Birdie.” (sings) ‘We gonna be on Ed Sullivan. Ed Sullivan.’ And all these amazing people. That was the start of the English Invasion. All of a sudden, a thing from ‘Oliver’? We’re gonna be on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’!”
He said seeing a picture of the Sullivan theatre marquee brought back great memories.
“I just saw a picture of the outside. They showed a picture of the billboard on the outside. It said 'The Beatles' and also 'Davy Jones.' So that’s a classic for me to remember.”
Jones said he had nothing but respect for the Beatles.
“I am so in awe of all the time I spent with the boys, the Beatles,” he said.
“They’re the Beatles, man. What can I say?”
(Read more of our two interviews with Davy Jones in our ebook, "Meet a Monkee: Davy Jones."
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