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Peter Tork

Musician and Actor
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Born Feb 13, 1942

Peter Tork is an American musician and actor, best known as the keyboardist and bass guitarist of The Monkees.

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  • Watch: The Monkees Talk New Album 'good Times'
    ABC News - Jun 01, 2016
  • S the monkees mini
    Daydream Believers
    Huffington Post - Nov 05, 2013
  • Tony Sachs: Micky Dolenz Talks About The Monkees Present... And The Monkees' Future
    Huffington Post - Aug 30, 2013
  • Up & Coming
    The Portland Mercury - Aug 14, 2013

Timeline

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CHILDHOOD

1942 Birth Tork was born at the former Doctors Hospital, in Washington, D.C. Although he was born in the District of Columbia in 1942, many news articles incorrectly report him as born in 1944 in New York City, which was the date and place given on early Monkees press releases. … Read More

TWENTIES

1967 25 Years Old …  Tork, once free from Don Kirshner's restrictions, in 1967, contributed some of the most memorable and catchy instrumental flourishes, such as the piano introduction to "Daydream Believer" and the banjo part on "You Told Me", as well as exploring occasional songwriting with the likes of "For Pete's Sake" and "Lady's Baby". … Read More
The band finished a Far East tour in December 1968 (where his copy of Naked Lunch was confiscated by Australian Customs) and then filmed an NBC television special, 33⅓ Revolutions Per Monkee, which rehashed many of the ideas from Head, only with the Monkees playing a strangely second-string role.
1969 27 Years Old Tork said in April 1969, "We sometimes have four. … Read More
1970 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Release could not secure a record contract, and by 1970 Tork was once again a solo artist, as he later recalled, "I didn't know how to stick to it. … Read More
1971 29 Years Old Tork was credited with co-arranging a Micky Dolenz solo single on MGM Records in 1971 ("Easy on You", b/w "Oh Someone"). … Read More

THIRTIES

1976 34 Years Old Peter Tork joined 'Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart' onstage for a guest appearance on their concert tour on July 4, 1976 in Disneyland. … Read More
1980 38 Years Old A chance meeting with Sire Records executive Pat Horgan at the Bottom Line in New York City led to Tork recording a six-song demo, his first recording in many years. Recorded in summer 1980, it featured Tork, who sang, played rhythm guitar, keyboards, and banjo; it was backed by Southern rock band Cottonmouth, led by guitarist/singer/songwriter Johnny Pontiff, featuring Gerard Trahan on guitar/keyboards/vocals, Gene Pyle on bass guitar/vocals and Gary Hille on drums/percussion. … Read More
1981 39 Years Old In 1981 he released the 45 rpm single "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" (b/w "Higher And Higher") with "The New Monks". … Read More

FORTIES

1986 44 Years Old In 1986, Tork rejoined fellow Monkees Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz for a highly successful 20th anniversary reunion tour. … Read More
1991 49 Years Old In 1991, Tork formed a band called the Dashboard Saints and played at a pizza restaurant in Guerneville, California.

FIFTIES

1994 52 Years Old In 1994, he released his first album length solo project, Stranger Things Have Happened, which featured brief appearances by Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith.
1996 54 Years Old In 1996, Tork collaborated on an album called Two Man Band with James Lee Stanley. … Read More
1999 57 Years Old …  In 1999, he appeared as the Band Leader of a wedding band in season one episode 13, "Best Man", of The King of Queens.
2001 59 Years Old In 2001, Tork took time out from touring to appear in a leading role in the short film Mixed Signals, written and directed by John Graziano.

LATE ADULTHOOD

2002 60 Years Old In 2002, Tork resumed working with his band Shoe Suede Blues.
2008 66 Years Old In early 2008, Tork added "advice columnist" to his extensive resume by authoring an online advice and info column called "Ask Peter Tork" at the webzine The Daily Panic.
On March 3, 2009, Tork reported on his website that he had been diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare, slow-growing form of head and neck cancer. … Read More
2011 69 Years Old In 2011, he joined Dolenz and Jones for the 2011 tour, An Evening with The Monkees: The 45th Anniversary Tour. … Read More
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