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Peter Tork, best known for being the bassist for The Monkees, has died. He was 77.

A cause of death is currently unknown, but Tork was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare tongue cancer, in 2009. Tork’s sister, Anne Thorkelson, confirmed his passing to The Washington Post.

Tork’s official Facebook page posted the following tribute to Tork:

“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. As we have mentioned in the past, the PTFB team is made up of Peter’s friends, family and colleagues – we ask for your kindness and understanding in allowing us to grieve this huge loss privately…We want to thank each and every one of you for your love, dedication and support of our “boss.” Having you in our world has meant so very much to all of us. 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.”

Monkees guitarist Michael Nesmith shared the brief statement, “Just got the news that Peter died. I am heartbroken.”

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Monkees drummer Micky Dolenz issued his own brief statement, “There are no words right now…heartbroken over the loss of my Monkee brother, Peter Tork.”


Despite being labeled “The Pre-Fab Four,” The Monkees sold millions of albums thanks in part to the success of their NBC television show of the same name, which won an Emmy for “Outstanding Comedy Series” in 1967.

In total, The Monkees had four albums to reach number one on the Billboard 200 chart and a slew of hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including three number one hits with “Last Train to Clarksville,” “I’m a Believer” and “Daydream Believer.”

Last Train to Clarksville (2006 Remaster Original Stereo Version)

Provided to YouTube by Warner Music Group Last Train to Clarksville (2006 Remaster Original Stereo Version) · The Monkees The Monkees ℗ 2006 Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company Drums: Billy Lewis Producer: Bobby Hart Engineer: David Hassinger Vocals: Davy Jones Tambourine: Gene Estes Guitar: Gerry McGee Bass: Larry Taylor Guitar: Louie Shelton Vocals: Michael Nesmith Lead Vocals: Micky Dolenz Vocals: Peter Tork Acoustic Guitar: Tommy Boyce Producer: Tommy Boyce Guitar: Wayne Erwin Composer, Lyricist: Bobby Hart Composer, Lyricist: Tommy Boyce Auto-generated by YouTube.

I'm a Believer (2006 Remaster / Original Stereo)

Provided to YouTube by Warner Music Group I'm a Believer (2006 Remaster / Original Stereo) · The Monkees More Of The Monkees (Deluxe Edition) ℗ 2006 Rhino Entertaiment Company, a Warner Music Group Company Backing Vocals: Davy Jones Producer: Jeff Barry Lead Vocals: Micky Dolenz Backing Vocals: Micky Dolenz Composer: Neil Diamond Auto-generated by YouTube.

The Monkees - Daydream Believer (Official Music Video)

You're watching the official music video for The Monkees timeless hit 'Daydream Believer'. CHRISTMAS PARTY, the first holiday album by The Monkees, is available now

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.