Since David Bowie succumbed to cancer on Sunday, there has been no shortage of tributes to his many personae: Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke, Aladdin Sane, even Jareth the Goblin King. But few have fully recognized Davy Jones, an English teenager who dreamed of singing American R&B and playing saxophone for Little Richard.
Before he was Bowie, David Robert Jones spent the early Sixties finding his voice by playing in a handful of little-known bands. The music he made during this period has been widely forgotten, but it provides crucial insight into his artistic development. Plus, a lot of it is pretty damn good. Here are 10 of the best Davy (and "Davie") Jones–era tracks by the man we'll always know as David Bowie.