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Spiff Carner recalls Davy Jones, who was at his 1996 ‘wedding’ reception


Spiff and Janet Carner with a then 50-year-old Davy Jones in May, 1996 at the Ultimate Oldies concert at the Georgia Dome for Fox 97. Photo courtesy of Spiff Carner

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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.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

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Mercedes S.

February 29th, 2012
4:57 pm

And here I thought the two Believer songs were one and the same…


February 29th, 2012
4:59 pm

Two different songs… two different singers, Mercedes.

Fred ™

February 29th, 2012
9:52 pm

Nice piece Rodney. I still can’t believe you are that old lol. I’d say change your picture but I’ve seen your videos that you post.

Fred ™

February 29th, 2012
9:54 pm


March 1st, 2012
1:12 am

Too young to remember the original broadcast of the show, but man I bet we watched the reruns hundreds of times in the afternoons when we got home from school. When I was little I thought last train to Clarksville was about Clarkston, GA.


March 1st, 2012
7:02 am

Sorry for Davy’s passing, i still miss Randy and Spiff, and the Kimmer too

alec baldome

March 1st, 2012
8:08 am

spiff why do you always have that stupid hat on ,even during your wedding? take it off and sport that bald head, i mean it’s not that bad being bald


March 1st, 2012
8:21 am

Will miss Davy. Was fortunate enough to see him, Micky and Peter last year in Atlanta. Never fortunate enough to meet Davy though. I’ve met Micky. He’s a great guy. RIP Davy. (Spiff, we miss you and Randy, hope y’all land somewhere on Atlanta airwaves soon!)


March 1st, 2012
8:53 am

If you would like to see the very last time Davy sang on camera, go to Youtube and search for “Davy Jones – Last Song on Earth”.


March 1st, 2012
11:47 am

I suspect Davy’s hair wasn’t real either.


March 1st, 2012
12:09 pm

Nice tribute – the Monkee’s were the first concert I ever attended and Davy Jones died only a few miles from my home town in Martin County, FL. where he has done tremendous work for the local school system to feed the children of the migrant workers who live there.


March 1st, 2012
7:39 pm

I *so* miss Fox 97, and Randy and Spiff. I would love to hear them DJ a *GOOD* oldies station again soon!

Tammie Meeks

March 2nd, 2012
3:51 pm

I remember that day too. He was so nice too. MY mom and I went to the same concert in Atlanta. I LOVED IT! It made me think how short our lives really are. We will miss you Davey!