The Monkees' Peter Tork, RIP

Brenda Watkins
February 21, 2019

Peter Tork, the bassist for the super popular 60s "Beatles Knock Off" band The Monkees has died Variety is reporting.

Tork passed away on Thursday as confirmed by his sister Anne Thorkelson, though no cause of death was revealed. TORK was diagnosed with a rare form of tongue cancer in 2009. TORK was the group's flaky "lovable dummy" comic foil, sort of the RINGO of the band.,. a persona he developed during his stint as a folk musician on the GREENWICH VILLAGE downtown NY scene.

"... We want to thank each and every one of you for your love, dedication and support of our "boss. We send blessings and thoughts of comfort to you all, with much gratitude".

"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.

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He auditioned for The Monkees TV show in late 1965 after close friend Stephen Stills recommended him to the producers, becoming the final musician to join the cast.

Tork was one part of the foursome that made up The Monkees, which also included Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, and Michael Nesmith. While the band was initially a strictly studio enterprise engineered for the television series, Tork would later help pen some of their songs, including "For Pete's Sake", later used as the show's closing credits during the second season.

Tork was a member of The Monkees until 1968 when he bought out the four remaining years on his contract to leave the band, saying he was "exhausted" by the heavy schedule. The trio would tour again in 2013 and 2014.

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