Though he started his career as a performer on stage and screen, Davy Jones gained enormous popularity as the lead singer and tambourine player of the late-1960s pop sensation, The Monkees. Initially formed by producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider for the short-lived sitcom, "The Monkees" (NBC, 1966-68), the band battled to gain control of their own musical destinies, while continually facing a barrage of criticism from fans and critics over questions about their legitimacy. Regardless, The Monkees were a big hit and topped the charts with a number of singles and best-selling albums. While they continued recording after the show went off the air, the band soon split, leaving Jones to pursue an array of solo projects over the ensuing decades. Having largely left acting behind, Jones spent the remainder of his career pursuing music, leading his solo effort, the Davy Jones Band, while periodically collaborating with fellow Monkees Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork in a number of reunions. The full band reunited for their 30th anniversary, leading to a massively successful tour, but old tensions resurfaced and future plans were perpetually left in doubt. Despite attempts to reform in the new millennium, all hopes for any further reunions were squashed following Jones' unexpected death in 2012. Despite a constant struggle to gain respect, in the end Jones left behind a lasting legacy as a legitimate frontman and pop icon.