BREAKING: “National Lampoon’s Vacation” Star Dies

Mickey Jones, “whose bearded, grizzled face added texture to scores of shows from The Rockford Files to Justified and dozens of films including Sling Blade andNational Lampoon’s Vacation and whose drumming still beats away on oldies radio, died today following a lengthy illness. He was 76,” according to Deadline.

The report went on to state that while “he’ll most likely be recognized from his appearances in National Lampoon’s Vacation, Sling Blade and, to sitcom fans, Flo, Jones got his start in show business seated at a drum kit, playing for 1960s hitmakers including Trini Lopez (“If I Had a Hammer”), Johnny Rivers (“Secret Agent Man”) and Kenny Rogers and the First Edition (“Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town” and “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)”.

Jones even toured with Bob Dylan, drumming during the now-legendary 1966 performance at the Manchester Free Trade Hall when a newly electric Dylan was chastised as “Judas!” by an audience member.”

Source: Mickey Jones Dead: ‘Vacation’, ‘Sling Blade’ & ‘Justified’ Actor Was 76 | Deadline

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