Peter Tork Biography
Peter Tork born Peter Halsten Thorkelson was an American musician and actor, best known as the keyboardist and bass guitarist of the Monkees.
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He was born on February 13, 1942, in Washington, D.C., United State. He died at the age of 77.
Peter Tork Height
He measures 1.75 meters tall.
Peter Tork Married
He was married to Pamela Grapes and they had three children, two daughters, Hallie born to Stewart and Erica from a relationship with Tammy Sestak but they break up and son, Ivan born to Lannoli.
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Peter Tork Tour
The tour was canceled because of the death of Peter Tork.
Peter Tork From The Monkees
Peter Tork, a blues and folk musician who became a teeny-bopper sensation and a member of the Monkees, the wisecracking, made-for-TV pop group that imitated and briefly outsold the Beatles, he died February 21, 2019. He was 77 years old.
Peter Tork’s Health
On March 3, 2009, he took on his website that he had been diagnosed adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare, slow-growing form of head and neck cancer. They discovered that cancer had spread beyond the initial site. He underwent radiation treatment to prevent cancer from returning. On March 4, 2009, the surgery was successful.
On June 11, 2009, a spokesman for Tork reported that his cancer had returned.
He was given an 80% to continue to and shrinking the new tumor. On July 2009 he w underwent radiation therapy. He was interviewed and said “I recovered very quickly after my surgery, and I’ve been hoping that my better-than-average constitution will keep the worst effects of radiation at bay. My voice and energy still seem to be in decent shape, so maybe I can pull these gigs off after all.” He continued to tour and perform while receiving his treatments. On September 15, 2009, Tork received an “all clear” from his doctor.
Peter Tork Quotes
- Pop music, disco music, and heavy metal music are about shutting out the tensions of life, putting it away. Peter Tork
- Only one of us would usually sing lead. Which most of the time was, Mickey or Dave. They thought it was perfectly a natural routine because Mickey and Dave saw themselves as TV actors. Peter Tork
- Getting to play the blues has been transcendent for me. I can’t say if my finest hour is yet to come, you want to make a dent in this world, well I do anyway. Peter Tork
Peter Tork Celebrity Net Worth
He had an estimated net worth of $4 million before his death.
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Peter Tork And Micky Dolenz
Peter Tork the Monkees, the group of two surviving members, Micky Dolenz, and Michael Nesmith have posted messages paying tribute to their departed bandmate.
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Peter Tork: Tributes to Monkees musician who has died aged 77
“There are no words right now… heartbroken over the loss of my Monkee brother Peter Tork,” bandmate Micky Dolenz tweeted.
Tork, who played keyboard and bass for the group, was diagnosed with a rare form of tongue cancer in 2009.
The Monkees were huge in the 1960s, with hits like I’m A Believer and Daydream Believer.
A post on Tork’s official Facebook page said “the devastating news” was being shared “with beyond-heavy and broken hearts”.
It said: “Our friend, mentor, teacher, and amazing soul, Peter Tork, has passed from this world.”
A message posted on the band’s official Twitter page said that Tork had “passed peacefully” and invited fans to share their favorite memories by adding their comments.
The family later released a statement in which they said they were “saddened” by Tork’s death, but “grateful” for the “attentive energy and dedication of Peter’s fans worldwide”.
“Peter’s energy, intelligence, silliness, and curiosity were traits that for decades brought laughter and enjoyment to millions, including those of us closest to him.
“We ask that our family have time and space to grieve in privacy,” it added.
Tork’s contemporary, Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, tweeted:
The Monkees – Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork – were brought together for an American TV series in 1966.
They were famous for their clean-cut image and were marketed as the American answer to The Beatles, notching up nine Top 40 hits.
As well as playing instruments for the band, Tork also sang on many of the tracks.
Among those to pay tribute on Thursday were Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith and Blur guitarist and solo artist Graham Coxon, who simply tweeted: “RIP Peter Tork – my favorite Monkee.”
Award-winning songwriter Diane Warren, who contributed to the 80s hit Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship, tweeted “Oh no” and thanked Tork for “giving me your love beads… when I was a little girl”.
The post on Tork’s Facebook told fans: “We want to thank each and every one of you for your love, dedication, and support of our ‘boss.’
“Having you in our world has meant so very much to all of us. Please know that Peter was extremely appreciative of you, his Torkees, and one of his deepest joys was to be out in front of you, playing his music, and seeing you enjoy what he had to share.
“We send blessings and thoughts of comfort to you all, with much gratitude, the PTFB team.”
Tork was born in Washington in 1942. He learned to play multiple instruments, including the piano and the French horn.
As recently as October last year, he addressed “some concerns” about his health on Facebook.
“While it is true that my health has required a little more attention these days, I’m feeling pretty good,” he wrote.
The Monkees ran for just two television series, but that was enough to win an Emmy Award for outstanding comedy.
Discussing the show in an interview with Guitar World in 2013, Tork said: “I refute any claims that any four guys could’ve done what we did.”
He added: “There was a magic to that collection… they got the right guys.”
In 2012, following the death of Jones from a heart attack in February at the age of 66, Tork reunited with Nesmith and Dolenz for a US tour in what was the musicians’ first live shows together in 15 years.
Remembering Peter Tork: The Monkees’ Beloved Clown Saint
Peter Tork had the funniest line at the Monkees’ 50th Anniversary Tour show, three years ago: “If you’ve been following us from the beginning, just remember one thing. Anyone thing.” If you were lucky enough to see the Monkees live over the past decade, you know being in the room with Peter Tork was one of the planet’s happiest places to be. He was the funniest Monkee, their Ringo, their truest hippie, always happy to pitch in with a banjo solo or a bit of his dazed flower-child wisdom. This man knew how to rock a black-velvet silver-button tunic. That’s why fans around the world are grieving his death Thursday at 77. As he promised all those years ago in “For Pete’s Sake,” he made the world shine.
Hear a Celebration of Peter Tork’s Life and Music
The latest episode of our Rolling Stone Music Now podcast celebrates the life and music of Peter Tork, with previously unheard interview audio and more. Andy Greene and Rob Sheffield join host Brian Hiatt to discuss Tork’s place in music history, while also tracing the Monkees’ broader story and making a case for their greatness.
The show includes portions of Tork’s 2007 interview with Rolling Stone, recently published for the first time, in which he defends his band. “As to whether the Monkees could play their own instruments,” Tork said, “the usual joke is that no, we all played borrowed instruments, and we went out on the road and played our own hits, and it was kind of funny. That’s almost exactly what the Byrds and the Beach Boys did, and the Byrds, after all, were playing other people’s songs with other musicians in the studio.”
Download and subscribe to Rolling Stone Music Now, hosted by Brian Hiatt, on iTunes or Spotify, and check out two years worth of episodes in the archive, including in-depth interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Ice Cube, Neil Young, the National, Julian Casablancas, Sheryl Crow, Johnny Marr, Fleetwood Mac, Donald Fagen, Phil Collins, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Pete Townshend, Bob Seger, Gary Clark Jr. and many more – plus dozens of episodes featuring genre-spanning discussions and debates. Tune in Fridays at 1 p.m. ET to hear the show broadcast live on Sirius XM’s Volume, channel 106.
Peter Tork, The Monkees Bassist, Cause of Death Revealed by Family
The family of The Monkees’ Peter Tork issued a long statement on Thursday, confirming his cause of death. Tork died Thursday after a 10-year battle with rare cancer at age 77.
In the statement, the family shared on Facebook that Tork “succumbed to a 10-year bout with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare cancer of the salivary glands.”
“Peter’s energy, intelligence, silliness, and curiosity were traits that for decades brought laughter and enjoyment to millions, including those of us closest to him,” the family’s statement continued. “Those traits also equipped him well to take on cancer, a condition he met with unwavering humor and courage.”
Tork’s family continued on to ask for privacy.
“We are all still raw, and still have much to process, but we are also feeling appreciation for Peter’s contributions,” the statement continued. “We are grateful that we have an extended support network thanks to the attentive energy and dedication of Peter’s fans worldwide. We want those fans to know with absolute certainty that your spirit and goodwill fed Peter with continued energy and force (and of course humor).”
The family asked fans to make a donation to The Institute for The Musical Arts in Massachusetts in Tork’s name. The non-profit helps young women with music education and recording.
Tork’s sister, Anne Thorkelson, confirmed his death to The Washington Post on Thursday. That same day, the surviving Monkees — Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz — both shared their memories of Tork on their social media pages.
“There are no words right now…heartbroken over the loss of my Monkee brother, Peter Tork,” Dolenz wrote on Twitter.
“[Peter Tork] will be a part of me forever. I have said this before — and now it seems even more apt — the reason we called it a band is because it was where we all went to play,” Nesmith shared on Facebook. “A band no more — and yet the music plays on — an anthem to all who made the Monkees and the TV show our private — dare I say ‘secret’ — playground. As for Pete, I can only pray his songs to reach the heights that can lift us and that our childhood lives forever — that special sparkle that was the Monkees. I will miss him — a brother in arms. Take flight, my Brother.”
The Monkees to perform in Lancaster without the late Peter Tork
The Monkees may be fewer in number, but they haven’t stopped touring yet.
The 1960s heartthrob band rose to fame thanks to its self-titled television show. The group came out with hits including “Last Train to Clarksville,” “I’m A Believer” and “Daydream Believer.” The two living members of the group will be presenting a concert at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster on March 3.
This is the first tour guitarist Michael Nesmith and drummer Mickey Dolenz have gone out on as a duo. Singer Davy Jones died in February 29, 2012, while bassist Peter Tork died on Feb. 21, 2019 at the age of 77.
Tork was never part of the latest tour, which Nesmith and Dolenz will be kicking off on March 1 in Medford, Massachusetts. The group will be performing their greatest hits, as well as a few deep cuts. Joining them onstage will be a 10-piece band complete with a steel guitar player.
Tickets for the March 3 show are still available and range from $59 to $79. There is also a VIP Soundcheck option for $350, which includes a premium reserved ticket, access to the soundcheck, a signed copy of the tour book and a commemorative lanyard. To purchase tickets visit amtshows.com/the-monkees or call 717-397-7700. The American Music Theatre is located at 2425 Lincoln Highway East in Lancaster.
The Monkees concert is part of a busy month for American Music Theatre, which is also hosting performances by The Oak Ridge Boys on March 9, NeedtoBreathe on March 15 and a Patsy Cline tribute act on March 16.