Peter Tork, the member of wildly famous American rock and pop band, died at the age of 77 on Thursday. He was suffering from a rare form of Cancer. He was a sensational bass guitarist of his time.
Facebook post on Tork’s official page read ”the devastating news” was being shared “with heavy beyond-heavy and broken hearts.”
It said: “Our friend, mentor, teacher, and amazing soul, Peter Tork, has passed from this world.”
Monkees band twitter posted that, “@TorkTweet has passed at the age of 77. We will remember him throughout the day.”
— The Monkees (@TheMonkees) February 21, 2019
Later, Tork ’s family released a statement in which they showed its sorrow over Tork’s death.
“Peter’s energy, intelligence, silliness and curiosity were traits that for decades brought laughter and enjoyment to millions, including those of us closest to him.”
“We ask that our family have time and space to grieve in privacy,” it further added.
Tork rose to fame in 1966 as a band member of Monkees which was patterned after the popular “A Hard Day’s Night” starring the Beatles. Before that, Tork was a respected artist in New York folk and blues scenes.
Discussing the show in an interview with Guitar World in 2013, Tork said: “ I refute any claims that any four guys could have done what we did.”
The band was originally active between 1966 and 1971. Newspapers and reporters claimed that Monkees outsold the Beatles and Rolling stones combined in 1967.
Tork was the most technically skilled person in the group, he trained classically and played guitar, banjo, and French horn, but on the TV show, he was the famous band’s bass guitarist. Mike Nesmith, another band member, quoted that “not himself, Tork should have been the band’s main guitarist.”
In some interview, he said, “I’ll tell you a secret, the secret is to play within yourself. If you know only four or five notes, play those notes with conviction.”
Monkees was a show and band both. On the show, Tork played the role of a lovable dunce.
Tork left the band in 1968 and did many other jobs like a friend of him recalled that he sang as a waiter in Los Angeles. Then, Tork went to London where he played banjo for George Harrison’s “Wonderwall” film. In the early 1970s, he returned to California where he taught music in local schools. MTV re-aired the Monkees series in the 1980s where it amassed a new audience. Tork performed for these till 2016.