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Monkees vocalist and bassist Peter Tork dies at 77

Monkees singer and bassist Peter Tork died on Thursday (21) at age 77. The information was confirmed by the musician’s sister, Anne Thorkelson.


He was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called adenoid cystic carcinoma​, which affected his tongue.

In the band, he played several instruments and was the lead vocals on some tracks, such as Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All Over Again and Your Auntie Grizelda.

With 35 million albums sold, the group also starred in the TV series The Monkees, which has been quite successful with the children’s and children’s audience.

Originally formed by Micky Dolenz (vocals and drums), Peter Tork (bass, keyboard and vocals) and Mike Nesmith (vocals and guitar), the band lasted until 1970 but returned in four periods: between 1986 and 1989; 1993 and 1997; in 2001 and also in 2011.

Among the Monkees’ biggest hits are Last Train to Clarksville and I’m a Believer.

The band

The band was formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider specifically for the American television series The Monkees, which aired from 1966 to 1968. The musical acting quartet was composed of Americans Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork; and the English actor and singer Davy Jones. The band’s music was initially supervised by producer Don Kirshner, backed by the songwriting duo of Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart.

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