Monkees Band Member Peter Tork Dies at 77

Peter Tork of The Monkees is dead at 77
Peter Tork dead: Monkees singer and bassist dies age 77 | Daily Star
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24 February, 2019

Peter Tork, one of the four lovable wisecracking musicians in The Monkees, died February 21 at age 77.

A post on behalf of his friends, family and colleagues was posted on his official Facebook page to announce the tragic news.

In 2012 he was given the all-clear after bering diagnosed with a rare form of tongue cancer three years earlier, telling UKMusicReviews, "They carved it out of me and I have recovered exclusively from all of that".

Tork played a goofy, lovable character on the TV show, essentially becoming The Monkees equivalent of Ringo Starr in The Beatles.

Their show debuted in 1966 and lasted only two seasons. Although he was known as the group's bassist, Tork was also an accomplished guitarist, and was responsible for the piano introduction on Daydream Believer, one of The Monkees' biggest hits.

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The band played to sold-out stadium crowds and even once opened for Jimi Hendrix. Jimi Hendrix served as their support act at one point.

Tork bolted the group after their psychedelic film "Head" (1968), written by Jack Nicholson, crashed and burned. He briefly worked as a high school teacher and a "singing waiter" as his previous earnings diminished. In 1972, he ended up in jail on a petty drug charge, and he struggled with alcohol into the early '80s.

The Monkees perform in an episode of their 1960s self-titled TV show. The band had reunion tours every decade since the 1980s.

The Monkees were a made-for-television rock band that was a pop-culture sensation. "Moving forward, I have blues projects that I want to give my attention to.I'm shifting gears for now, but I wish the boys well, and I've learned to never say never on things further down the line". "There was a magic to that collection". We couldn't have chosen each other. "But under the circumstances, they got the right guys".

The Monkees released Good Times! in 2016, their first album in 20 years, and their first since Jones died in 2012. "It's an entertainment operation whose function is Monkee music".

I'm sad to hear about Peter Tork passing. "And what a wild and wonderful trip it has taken us on!"


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