Off Beat: Davy Jones made Monkees fan’s day – twice

By Tom Vogt, Columbian science, military & history reporter

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After the Monkees’ amphitheater concert in July, a Vancouver couple attended a private meet-and-greet with Davy Jones.

Jan Carr became a topic of conversation among some other people waiting in line, thanks to Ron Carr. He was telling them about his wife’s previous meeting with the singer.

“None of the others had met him,” she said. “They were saying, ‘You already met him?’”

The first meeting was almost 40 years ago, during the Vietnam War. Jan Carr recalled both meetings after Jones died Wednesday.

In 1972, she was a 20-year-old bride, living on a U.S. Navy base in Japan while Ron was an officer on a destroyer.

Jan was looking for the swimming pool when she heard music coming from the officers club. It was Jones, rehearsing for a concert at the Navy base.

A Kodak moment

She was sitting in back of the rehearsal room, taking some snapshots with her little Kodak Instamatic camera, when Jones’ security man came up and asked what Jan was doing.

“I told him I was a reporter with Stars and Stripes,” a newspaper for the U.S. military community, she told The Columbian in July.

The security guy nodded, walked away … and returned with a question: “Don’t they use 35 mm cameras?”

“Yes,” she admitted. But Jan was allowed to stay. After the rehearsal, the security guy told her, “Davy wants to meet you.”

They posed for photos, then Jones gave Jan a front-row ticket to the concert.

Thirty-nine years later, at the Sleep Country Amphitheater meet-and-greet, Jan had one of those photos. It showed her in a paisley-print shirt standing next to Jones, who was wearing a jacket with really wide stripes.

“I got a hug. I was the last one in line,” she said.

“They were going to rush us through, but he kept looking at that picture,” she added. “He laughed and said, ‘I still have that jacket.’

“I laughed and said, ‘I still have that shirt.’”

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