In May, 1996, I attended a Fox 97 Ultimate Oldies concert which featured Monkees frontman Davy Jones, who died today at age 66 of a heart attack in Florida.
Fox 97 morning host Spiff Carner staged a wedding reception of sorts with his wife Janet at the Georgia Dome. I got back stage and spoke with Jones briefly. Here’s what I wrote at the time AJC’s Peach Buzz:
MONKEE BUSINESS: As lead singer of the comeback-minded Monkees, Davy Jones had plenty of thoughts to share with Fox 97 (WFOX-FM, 97.1) morning DJ Spiff Carner during Saturday night’s Ultimate Oldies Concert at the Georgia Dome. How Carner, 45, should conduct himself as a newly married man, however, wasn’t among them. “I’m not the right person to ask, ” Jones said sheepishly. “I’m in the middle of my second divorce.” Carner and his new wife, Janet, 39, were married Saturday afternoon and celebrated it with 42,000 of their “closest friends” at the concert. The honeymoon will have to wait, said Carner, who is too busy these days doing anything to please listeners and finalizing the purchase of a home in Acworth.
Spiff, who with his on-air partner Randy Cook was dismissed from Atlanta’s Greatest Hits last fall, is still happily married to Janet in 2012. “I’m probably lucky I didn’t take any advice from him,” he said today.
His favorite Monkees song is probably the consensus choice: ‘Daydream Believer.”
“I remember telling Davy that,” he said. “Janet was the homecoming queen at Ridgeview High School.”
They didn’t have their honeymoon immediately after the concert but did get a lovely honeymoon suite at the downtown Hilton. Later, they went to Lake Tahoe.
Carner, who is now seeking a new job, has seen the Monkees in various incarnations though never all four of them since Michael Nesmith largely stayed away from the reunion tours. “It was fun music,” Carner said, though when he was in high school, the Monkees were really for the girls. Once he got into oldies DJing, he better appreciated the Monkees’ memorable pop songs.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk