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Hey, Hey Monkees Fans

Davy Jones, PBS '60s concert host, reminisces about 50 years in show business

Jones has his other lives as well. An apprentice jockey at age 14, his love of horses has continued unabated. He has a farm in Pennsylvania where he keeps and trains racehorses. "I bred two beautiful horses last season that will race in March," he informs. It's a costly avocation, he admits. Still, riding keeps him physically fit.

Jones married gorgeous 33-year-old dancer and Telemundo personality Jessica Pacheco in 2009, a marriage that's had its tempestuous times, as he has admitted. He changes the subject each time his wife is mentioned. When asked whether she joins him out on the road, he says, "I have other plans right now," and then starts talking about his children.

He has four daughters, ranging in age from 42 to 22, from his first two marriages. Eldest daughter Talia recently competed in a horse show in Pebble Beach, Calif., and Davy was there. "She did well. She looks magnificent on a horse," he says. Daughter Sarah, 39, is the mother of his two grandchildren, and the family turned out for The Monkees' recent Greek Theater show in Los Angeles.

Daughters Jessica and Annabel live in England. Annnabel, 22, "has just moved into her first apartment, and it's in London. She's an absolutely wonderful songwriter, a great little singer — and she's never asked for anything." She wants to be known as Annabel Jones, he says proudly, not as Davy Jones' daughter. "She's in the studio right now, recording."

"I'm well in touch with my family, my children. I keep them on my answer phone, so if I want to hear one of their voices, all I have to do is punch it up and it will be there," he explains. He wishes he'd been there to help Annabel move.

"I have tried to balance my personal life and my professional life, and I feel guilty sometimes," he confesses. But his daughters have been encouraging when it comes to the demands of his show business career. "They've told me, 'Dad, that's who you are.'"

He has no plans to retire. "It used to be 65 when you went into retirement. Before that, when you got into your 50s, you were getting older. Now, we're living longer and we have more and more activities," he points out. "More activities are available for our brains — computers, iPads. I know a lot of people in the retirement village that I have a house in in Florida that are on the Internet and are reading the paper on the Internet, and they're communicating on the Internet."

Wait. He has a place in a retirement village? "I have this little house in Indianwood, Indiantown, Florida. You have to be over 55 to live there."

Jones keeps horses near his Florida place, and when he is there, he rides almost daily. Riding and performing keeps him full of energy, he says. And of course, telling jokes. And if you don't like the jokes, "I'm David Cassidy."

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