Singer, musician and actor Peter Tork from The Monkees has died. He was 77.
Tork appeared in the 1966-1968 NBC-TV comedy series The Monkees, playing a clueless, yet likable version of himself. In real life, Tork was a smart, accomplished musician, singer and songwriter, who wrote and co-wrote songs, some of which were contributed to the series, including “For Pete’s Sake,” “No Time” and “Goin’ Down.” Tork played bass guitar and keyboard and since 1986, had performed in various concert reunions with fellow-Monkees band members David ‘Davy’ Jones, Micky Dolenz and Michael ‘Mike’ Nesmith. Tork was also known for his folk and blues music, having played in the band Shoe Suede Blues.
Besides starring in The Monkees, Tork also made appearances in other TV series’, including Wings, The King of Queens and played Topanga Lawrence’s father in Boy Meets World.
Tork was the oldest member of The Monkees, having just celebrated his birthday on February 13th. Davy Jones, the youngest band member (at age 66), died February 29, 2012 of a severe heart attack.
Peter Tork is survived by his wife Pamela, two siblings and his three children from previous marriages: daughters Hallie Tork, Erica Tork and son Ivan Iannoli.
Tork acting in The Monkees:
One of the songs Tork co-wrote, which appeared on The Monkees TV show:
Performing with his band Shoe Suede Blues: