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Monkees Singer and Bassist Peter Tork Dies at 77

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Monkees Singer and Bassist Peter Tork Dies at 77

 

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Peter Tork, bassist and singer for The Monkees, died Thursday at age 77. The cause of death is unknown. Tork played with the group from their earliest days as a made-for-TV band in the 1960s, through to their recent reunion tours.

 

He was diagnosed with rare tongue cancer in 2009, but made a full recovery and was back on the road with The Monkees in 2012. Tork toured with the band through 2016 when he was sidelined for undisclosed reasons.

 

The musician played a lovable dimwit on The MonkeesTV show, but in real life was an accomplished songwriter and performer. He wrote several songs for the group, including “Can You Dig It?” and “For Pete’s Sake.” “While it is true that my health has required a little more attention these days, I’m feeling pretty good,” Tork wrote on Facebook in October.

 

Full story: https://www.thedailybeast.com/monkees-singer-and-bassist-peter-tork-dies-at-77

 

-- DAILY BEAST 2019-02-22

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Manufactured Band, I'm thinking there were (are) others, some less gooder. 🤣

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4 hours ago, Catoni said:

   Their first few records, instruments were played by studio musicians.. that much is correct.

          However all the Monkees could play instruments and did so for their following recordings and live on stage.  Nezmith and Dolenz played guitar, and Dolenze also took drum lessons and became an accomplished drummer. Tork could and did play guitar, keyboards and banjo. Jones learned to play drums and guitar quite well, and a custom bass guitar was specially built for him. Jones also played other percussion instruments. 

And Nesmith wrote "Different Drum" Linda Ronstadts first hit with Stone Poneys. If you have ability, watch great film "The Wrecking Crew" (not the Dean Martin flick) about those amazing studio musicians who played on a ridiculous amount of hits, from surf to Sinatra.

Loved Monkees film "Head". Where else could you see Sonny Liston, Zappa, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson in same goofy surreal film?

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22 minutes ago, Emdog said:

And Nesmith wrote "Different Drum" Linda Ronstadts first hit with Stone Poneys. If you have ability, watch great film "The Wrecking Crew" (not the Dean Martin flick) about those amazing studio musicians who played on a ridiculous amount of hits, from surf to Sinatra.

Loved Monkees film "Head". Where else could you see Sonny Liston, Zappa, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson in same goofy surreal film?

Really liked "Different Drum" and can still remember the words now!!

 

Also liked the Monkees for their all round abilities and wouldn't miss their shows.

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1 hour ago, atyclb said:

i got their first album as a gift and was a big fan for a while until i heard jimi hendrix that is.

Hendrix was ‘da man. Amazing talent. Known all over the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and many other countries. Hated that he died so young. Gone much too early....like many young talented musicians and singers back then. 

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7 hours ago, soistalker said:

They were a lot of fun. Being the monkees, without all four coming off as douchbags, was probably their greatest charm.

They were alotta fun! Always sad to hear such news. Had the pleasure to meet Davy Jones (who died at 66) in Boston Logan Airport in the early 90s. He could not have been nicer and more approachable. I strolled up and mentioned I had just seen him on Howard Stern and we both had a good laugh...then a nice chat.

 

Seems Peter Tork would have been the same kind of friendly fellow. Condolences. :402:

 

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4 hours ago, Catoni said:

Hendrix was ‘da man. Amazing talent. Known all over the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and many other countries. Hated that he died so young. Gone much too early....like many young talented musicians and singers back then. 

I preferred The Monkees to Hendrix.........one man's meat etc. And The Beatles to The Stones.

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2 hours ago, wgdanson said:

I preferred The Monkees to Hendrix.........one man's meat etc. And The Beatles to The Stones.

 

 

 

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