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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Remembering The Monkees' Peter Tork 1942 - 2019



Musician and actor Peter Tork, who died today at age 77, was best known as the keyboardist and bass guitarist of the Monkees, who sold more than 75 million records and had three #1 hits - "Last Train to Clarksville" (1966), "I'm a Believer" (1966) and "Daydream Believer" (1967). In addition to their 1966-68 NBC sitcom, The Monkees (which won a 1967 Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series), Tork also appeared with the group in the 1968 film, Head (which was co-written by actor Jack Nicholson), and the 1997 ABC reunion special, Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees!

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate his life and career.


Tork's screen test for The Monkees in October 1965



An episode of The Monkees that originally aired on January 23, 1967



"Daydream Believer" reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in December 1967 and remained there for four weeks.



Directed by Bob Rafelson (Five Easy Pieces), 1968's Head has developed a cult following.



"Win a Date With Former Monkee Peter Tork Night" on Late Night with David Letterman on July 8, 1982



Tork was a guest VJ on MTV on May 4, 1986.



On February 17, 1997, ABC aired Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees! to promote the group's 1996 album, Justus, which was recorded in celebration of their 30th anniversary.

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