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Peter Tork, bassist, keyboardist and singer for iconic late ’60s pop-rock band The Monkees died on Thursday. He was 77.
Tork’s death was confirmed by his sister, Anne Thorkelson, to The Washington Post. Thorkelson did not share the cause of death or where Tork died. His Twitter and Facebook accounts announced his death shortly after.
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“Please know that Peter was extremely appreciative of you, his Torkees, and one of his deepest joys was to be out in front of you, playing his music, and seeing you enjoy what he had to share,” a message attributed to the Peter Tork Facebook Team said.
Tork rocketed to fame as the elder statesman — at 24 — of The Monkees in 1966, when the band’s show debuted on NBC. Crafted by producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider, “The Monkees” was created to mirror the success of The Beatles’ music and movies of the era.
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While the band’s show only lasted for two seasons, it won an Emmy award for outstanding comedy and turned the band into recording superstars. The Monkees — with Tork on bass, keyboards and vocals, Michael Nesmith on guitar, Micky Dolenz on drums and Davy Jones on vocals — sold 35 million albums in 1967, according to The Post, doubling both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined.
A string of singles released by the group shot to the top of the Billboard...
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