PETER Tork was best known for being a bass player for The Monkees.
The musician and actor was the oldest member of the group, but has today died age 77. We take a look at his legacy.
Rex Features Tork made an appearance on ‘Loose Women’ back in 2016
What was Peter Tork’s cause of death?
Peter Tork has died age 77 after being diagnosed with rare tongue cancer.
Tork was diagnosed with the rare tongue cancer adenoid cystic carcinoma in 2009.
But he made a full recovery and was back on the road with the Monkees in 2012.
A message posted on his official Facebook page said: “It is with beyond-heavy and broken hearts that we share the devastating news that our friend, mentor, teacher, and amazing soul, Peter Tork, has passed from this world.
“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.
“We send blessings and thoughts of comfort to you all, with much gratitude.”
Rex Features Peter Tork was the bass player and also vocalist in the Monkees
When was he in the Monkees?
Tork played bass and sang lead vocals on some of the band’s tracks including Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again.
He also wrote the tune for the four-piece’s 1968 movie, Head, which featured cameo appearances from the likes of Dennis Hopper, Frank Zappa and Jack Nicholson.
Tork became part of the thriving folk scene in Greenwich village, before auditioning for a planned series about a fictitious pop four-piece called The Monkees.
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The series became The Monkees, and Tork was the slightly goofy keyboard and bass player, alongside Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and singer Davy Jones.
After their formation in 1966, the made-for-TV group had number one hits with I’m A Believer, Daydream Believer, and Last Train To Clarksville soon after they were established.What were the group’s biggest hits?
After their formation in 1966, the made-for-TV group had number one hits with I’m A Believer, Daydream Believer, and Last Train To Clarksville soon after they were established.