Monkees Bassist & Peter Tork dies at 77

Monkees Bassist & Peter Tork dies at 77

Bassist for the Monkees, Peter Tork, passed away today at the age of 77. No cause of death was specified, however, Tork was diagnosed with a rare form of tongue cancer in 2009.

The MonKees was a bread folk and rock musician before joining The Monkees, a “made-for-TV” group. Filling the band gaps were Mike Nesmith, Micky Golenz and Davy Jones. Tork was recommended for the show by Steven Stills and played guitar on the group’s first two albums, going on to contribute keyboards, bass, banjo and harpsichord, among other instruments to the band’s recordings.

The piano intro on “Daydream Believer,” banjo riff on “You Told Me,” and songwriting credits on “For Pete’s Sake” and “Lady’s Baby.”

Tork was a familiar face on many of The Monkees reunions including in 1986 and 2011. In 2012, he joined Dolenz and Nesmith with a Monkees tour in honor of the album “Headquarters” and its 45th anniversary, as well as in tribute to the late Davy Jones. The trio would tour again in 2013 and 2014.

Kristina Killingsworth

February 21st, 2019

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