Peter Tork was the adorable sage of the Monkees, the popular televised rock band that became a star in the 1960s. Tork was a serious musician who pushed the Monkees to create their own music rather than the outside musicians and songwriters used by the producers at the beginning of the show. Tork co-wrote the song "For Pete's Sake", used for the closing credits during the second season of the Monkees. After the Monkees, he continues recording and playing folk and blues music after the release of his latest album with his Shoe Suede Blues band in 2018.
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dead: Thursday, February 21, 2019. (Who else died on February 21?)
Details of the death: Died at the age of 77 years.
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How he became a monkey: Tork played on the folk tour of Greenwich Village and then moved to Los Angeles. He became good friends with Stephen Stills, who auditioned for the Monkees. Stills called Tork and told him that he should audition. Tork told the Washington Post in 1983: "They told Steve," Your hair and teeth are not photogenic. Do you know someone who looks like you who knows how to sing? "And Steve told them about me. "
Monkee Mickey Dolenz on the death of his friend on Twitter: "There are no words at the moment … heart broken by the loss of my brother Monkee, Peter Tork."
Monkee Peter Nesmith on the death of his friend on Twitter: "Our hearts are broken. Peter Tork. Rest in peace, brother, xo.
tributes: I am sad to hear about the death of Peter Tork. I thought the Monkees were great and Peter will be missed. Love and mercy to Peter's family, his friends and his fans. – Brian Wilson on Twitter
"RIP, Peter Tork, Condolences to his family and loved ones, Peter was so adorable, I loved the Monkees when he got back in the '70s, Thanks for all the fun, Now I want to see the Monkees again . " – Actress Ming-Na Wen
Tork said that "Sunday Valley pleasant" Best single of the group, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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Complete obituary: Los Angeles Times
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