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The Monkees’ Peter Tork, RIP


Peter Tork of The Monkees has died at age 77. The Washington Post reports that his sister, Anne Thorkelson, confirmed the news and that he had been battling a rare form of cancer, adenoid cystic carcinoma, which affected his tongue.

Born Peter Halsten Thorkelson, Tork played The Monkees’ bassist, the self-described “dummy” of the group on the TV musical sitcom, and while the four members were not originally allowed to play on Monkees records, he was a talented musician who came up through the Greenwich Village folk scene. He did eventually play on Monkees records, including the piano intro on “Daydream Believer,” and he co-wrote “For Pete’s Sake,” which was the closing credits theme on the second season of the show.

Rest in peace, Peter.

Davy Jones died in 2012.

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