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'Sugar, Sugar' Singer

FLOORED by Davy's Death --

He Was in 'Perfect Health'

3/1/2012 1:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ron Dante and Davy Jones photographed together.
The lead singer of the 60s band The Archies -- famous for singles like "Sugar, Sugar" -- is completely shocked by Davy Jones' death ... telling TMZ, Davy was in "perfect health" just months before his death.

66-year-old Ron Dante -- whose group released several hits around the same time as The Monkees -- tells us, he was great friends with Davy ... and even spoke to him a few months ago, when Davy appeared to be doing just fine.

Dante tells us, he and Davy had been in discussions to do a show together not too long ago ... and possibly even cut a few records -- but those plans never materialized.

Dante adds, Davy "will be missed by millions."

Fun fact: The Monkees and the The Archies shared the same manager ... Don Kirshner.

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16.

SLH    

The Monkees refused to record "Sugar, Sugar" because they thought it was too childish, so Kirshner created a cartoon band - The Archies - to sing his songs without complaining.

To say they had the "same manager" is idiotic

903 days ago
17.

me    

Maybe he was hit by something and didn't think it was significant until it was too late similar to what happened to actress Natasha Richardson. It could have explained his trouble breathing even though his heart was healthy. Who knows what happened in the barn before the workers came.

902 days ago
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