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Peter Tork of The Monkees passed away

Peter Tork, endearingly offbeat bassist and singer in the Monkees, dies at 77

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The Monkees, in 1966, featured Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith. The made-for-TV pop band spawned a frenzy of merchandising, record sales and world tours that became known as Monkeemania. (AP)
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February 21 at 10:58 AM

Peter Tork, a blues and folk musician who became a teeny-bopper sensation as a member of the Monkees, the wisecracking, made-for-TV pop group that imitated and briefly outsold the Beatles, died Feb. 21. He was 77.

His death was confirmed by his sister Anne Thorkelson, who did not say where or how he died. Mr. Tork was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare cancer affecting his tongue, in 2009.

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If the Monkees were a manufactured version of the Beatles, a “prefab four” who auditioned for a rock-and-roll sitcom and were selected more for their long-haired good looks than their musical abilities, Mr. Tork was the group’s Ringo, its lovably goofy supporting player.

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On television, he performed as the self-described “dummy” of the group, drawing on a persona he developed while working as a folk musician in Greenwich Village, where he flashed a confused smile whenever his stage banter fell flat. Off-screen, he embraced the Summer of Love, donning moccasins and “love beads” and declaring that “nonverbal, extrasensory communication is at hand” and that “dogmatism is leaving the scene.”

A versatile multi-instrumentalist, Mr. Tork mostly played bass and keyboard for the Monkees, in addition to singing lead on tracks including “Long Title: Do I Have to ...Over Again,” which he wrote for the group’s psychedelic 1968 movie, “Head,” and “Your Auntie Grizelda.”

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Reply #1 posted 02/21/19 11:08am

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rose RIP Peter. Thanks for all the good times!!

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rose rose rose Hope he's off to another Pleasant Valley Sunday.


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Reply #3 posted 02/21/19 11:36am

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RIP Peter Tork

Thanks for the entertainment during my youth.

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Reply #4 posted 02/21/19 1:17pm

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Reply #5 posted 02/21/19 2:54pm

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Reply #6 posted 02/21/19 2:55pm

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Just saw that his bandmate Mickey posted it on Facebook and I'm shocked and sad. RIP Peter.
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Reply #7 posted 02/21/19 3:55pm

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Year of Return 2019
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Reply #8 posted 02/21/19 5:13pm

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cheer up, sleepy Jean...
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Reply #9 posted 02/21/19 5:19pm

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RIP pray

Keep Calm & Listen To Prince
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Reply #10 posted 02/21/19 5:26pm

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RJOrion said:

cheer up, sleepy Jean...


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Reply #11 posted 02/23/19 5:41pm

JoeBala

Sticky. This guy was part of our childhood.
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Reply #12 posted 02/25/19 10:23am

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Michael Nesmith: Pardon me if I am being dogmatic -- but I think it is harder to put together a band than a TV show -- not to take anything away from TV shows. These days I watch MSNBC -- mostly aghast at what I see -- and what I am missing is "madcap".

Peter Tork died this AM. I am told he slipped away peacefully.

Yet, as I write this my tears are awash, and my heart is broken. Even though I am clinging to the idea that we all continue, the pain that attends these passings has no cure. It's going to be a rough day.

I share with all Monkees fans this change, this "loss", even so.

PT will be a part of me forever. I have said this before -- and now it seems even more apt -- the reason we called it a band is because it was where we all went to play.

A band no more -- and yet the music plays on -- an anthem to all who made the Monkees and the TV show our private -- dare I say "secret" -- playground.

As for Pete, I can only pray his songs reach the heights that can lift us and that our childhood lives forever -- that special sparkle that was the Monkees. I will miss him -- a brother in arms. Take flight my Brother.

Micky Dolenz: There are no words right now...heart broken over the loss of my Monkee brother, Peter Tork.

For 65 years straight, the #1 genre in music, selling wise, was rock n' roll worldwide. Last year (2017) in June, it got de-crowned by hip hop. Hip hop is the #1 genre. It's hip hop - rock - country - pop or pop - country. ~ Pras
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For 65 years straight, the #1 genre in music, selling wise, was rock n' roll worldwide. Last year (2017) in June, it got de-crowned by hip hop. Hip hop is the #1 genre. It's hip hop - rock - country - pop or pop - country. ~ Pras
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For 65 years straight, the #1 genre in music, selling wise, was rock n' roll worldwide. Last year (2017) in June, it got de-crowned by hip hop. Hip hop is the #1 genre. It's hip hop - rock - country - pop or pop - country. ~ Pras
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For 65 years straight, the #1 genre in music, selling wise, was rock n' roll worldwide. Last year (2017) in June, it got de-crowned by hip hop. Hip hop is the #1 genre. It's hip hop - rock - country - pop or pop - country. ~ Pras
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For 65 years straight, the #1 genre in music, selling wise, was rock n' roll worldwide. Last year (2017) in June, it got de-crowned by hip hop. Hip hop is the #1 genre. It's hip hop - rock - country - pop or pop - country. ~ Pras
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poppys said:



RJOrion said:


cheer up, sleepy Jean...



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"Daydream Believer" is one the truly great pop songs of all time...i never thought that song was taken seriously enough... Peter Tork's sweet piano melody, the amazing hook, Davey Jones syrupy vocals...timeless joint...
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Reply #18 posted 03/21/19 8:46pm

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For 65 years straight, the #1 genre in music, selling wise, was rock n' roll worldwide. Last year (2017) in June, it got de-crowned by hip hop. Hip hop is the #1 genre. It's hip hop - rock - country - pop or pop - country. ~ Pras
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