|Birthname||Peter Halsten Thorkelson|
|born on||13 February 1942|
|Place||Washington, District of Columbia, 38n54, 77w02|
|Timezone||EWT h4w (is war time)|
|Astrology data||24°20' or|
American musician and actor, best known as the keyboardist and bass guitarist of The Monkees from 1966 to 1968. He sang and played keyboards, bass guitar, banjo, harpsichord, and other instruments on their recordings. He also co-wrote, along with Joey Richards, the closing theme song of the second season of the TV show The Monkees, "For Pete's Sake". On the show, he was relegated to playing the "lovable dummy," a persona Tork had developed as a folk singer in New York's Greenwich Village.
He contributed some of the group's 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".
Six albums were produced with the original Monkees lineup, four of which went to No. 1 on the Billboard chart. This success was supplemented by two years of the TV show, a series of successful concert tours both across America and abroad, and a trippy-psychedelic movie, Head, a bit ahead of its time.
No longer getting the group dynamic he wanted, and pleading "exhaustion" from the gruelling schedule, Tork bought out the remaining four years of his contract after filming was complete on 20 December 1968, at a default of $150,000/year, equal to about $1,020,000 per year in 2019 money.
Striking out on his own, he formed a group called 'Peter Tork And/Or Release.' Tork's record and movie production entity, the Breakthrough Influence Company (BRINCO). He was forced to sell his house in 1970, and he and pregnant partner Reine Stewart moved into the basement of David Crosby's home. An arrest and conviction for possession of hashish resulted in three months in an Oklahoma penitentiary in 1972.
In 1986, after a 1985 tour with Jones in Australia, Tork rejoined fellow Monkees Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz for a highly successful 20th anniversary reunion tour. Three new songs were recorded by Tork and Dolenz for a greatest-hits release. The three Monkees recorded Pool It!. A decade later, all four group members recorded Justus, the first recording with all four members since 1968. The quartet performed live in the United Kingdom in 1997, but for the next several years only the trio of Tork, Dolenz and Jones toured together. The trio of Monkees parted ways in 2001 with a public feud but reunited in 2011 for a series of 45th anniversary concerts in England and the United States.
Since 1986, Tork had intermittently toured with his former bandmates and also played with his own bands The Peter Tork Project and Shoe Suede Blues. In 1991, Tork formed a band called the Dashboard Saints and played at a pizza restaurant in Guerneville, California. In 1994, he released his first album length solo project, Stranger Things Have Happened, which featured brief appearances by Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith.
Tork died on 21 February 2019, aged 77, at his home in Mansfield, Connecticut, from complications of adenoid cystic carcinoma.
- associate relationship with Keys, Peter (born 30 May 1965). Notes: Music collaborators
- associate relationship with Nesmith, Michael (born 30 December 1942). Notes: The Monkees, 1966-1971
Sy Scholfield quotes birth report, The Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan, Wisconsin), 28 February 1942, p. 4. Born at Doctors Hospital, Washington, DC. No time given.
- Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Adenoid cystic carcinoma)
- Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (Three)
- Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Four)
- Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three)
- Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (American expatriate in Germany)
- Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Prison sentence (Three months for possession of hashish)
- Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Other Criminal (Drug possession)
- Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
- Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy
- Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star ("The Monkees," 1966-1968)
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Folk Music
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (The Monkees, 1966-1968)
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Keyboards, bass guitar, banjo, harpsichord)
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.
- Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (Pop music and TV star)