The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 Friday, January 22, 2021


Folk musician Peter Tork of Monkees fame dies at 77
In this file photo taken on November 10, 2012, musician Peter Tork of The Monkees performs in Los Angeles, California. Tork died on February 21, 2019, according to a post on his Facebook page and confirmed by his siter Anne Thorkelson. The post did not indicate where or how Tork died. He was 77. Noel Vasquez / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP.



NEW YORK (AFP).- Peter Tork, the offbeat folk artist who found fame with 1960s pop band the Monkees, has died, his team announced Thursday. He was 77 years old.

"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," the team posted on his official Facebook page, without specifying a cause of death.

The musician in 2009 had been diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare form of cancer that affected his tongue.

"There are no words right now...heart broken over the loss of my Monkee brother," tweeted drummer-singer Micky Dolenz, one of the band's two surviving members.

A classic teeny-bopper band, the Monkees were the original reality TV stars, whose four-piece group was first conceived as a show in 1965 that went on to win two Emmy awards and in 1967 outsell the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

Songs like "Daydream Believer," "I'm a Believer" and "Last Train to Clarksville" all topped the charts -- but the wisecracking foursome drew criticism by some who considered them a rip-off of the Beatles, who had rushed onto the American pop culture scene a few years prior.

The band released nine albums between 1966 and 1970, after which they disbanded, but they have come back together in various combinations over the years.

"As I write this my tears are awash, and my heart is broken," wrote band member Michael Nesmith.

"I can only pray his songs reach the heights that can lift us and that our childhood lives forever -- that special sparkle that was the Monkees."

Tork, the group's keyboardist and bass guitarist, crafted a persona as the Monkees' lovable "dummy" -- but later began to resent the band as his musical ambitions grew.

Born in Washington on February 13, 1942, Tork took piano lessons and studied French horn.

Having cut his teeth in the free-wheeling folk scene of New York's Greenwich Village, Tork was a multi-instrumentalist who became the first member to leave the Monkees, feeling restricted artistically.

He struggled to regain a music career in the decades that followed, briefly serving time for marijuana possession, working as a teacher and a waiter, and battling with alcoholism before overcoming the addiction in the 1980s.

After MTV began rerunning Monkees episodes, they discovered a resurgence in the late 1980s, leading to a number of -- sometimes partial -- reunion tours.

Despite reports of head-butting among members of the group, Tork insisted on their chemistry.

"I refute any claims that any four guys could've done what we did," he said in 2013 in an interview with Guitar World. "We couldn't have chosen each other. It wouldn't have flown."

"But under the circumstances, they got the right guys."


© Agence France-Presse










Today's News

February 22, 2019

Exhibition at the Vero Beach Museum of Art features Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces

The Estate of Eduardo Chillida will reopen Chillida Leku

Solo exhibition of the legendary American Minimalist Dan Flavin opens at Cardi Gallery Milan

Major UK sculpture project launches online

Folk musician Peter Tork of Monkees fame dies at 77

The birth of modern business: Christie's to auction Pacioli's Summa de arithmetica

Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien opens exhibition dedicated to female positions in Art Brut

Christie's announces highlights included in its mid-season Contemporary Auctions in New York

Los Angeles Modern Auctions sets new world auction records by Noland, Eversley, Ruscha, and Haring

Exhibition of paintings is a visual history of Jörg Immendorff's career

Exhibition at Mitchell-Innes & Nash celebrates the work of Nancy Graves

Swann Galleries' spring offering of early printed books comes across the block for NYC's Rare Book Week

Exhibition at David Zwirner examines the mind and career of R. Crumb

Former Welsh keeper consigns Gordon Banks' England match-worn shirt for auction at Ewbank's

Beck & Eggeling opens "Dessau Files" with photographs by Joachim Brohm

The A arte Invernizzi gallery opens a solo exhibition of works by Niele Toroni

'Roma' star's unlikely road from mountains of Mexico to Hollywood

Exhibition is fruit of 8 years of research about a brutalist building located in Zikhron Ya'akov

Freeman’s will hold back to back auctions of Asian and Japanese arts

Multimedia masterpiece, Different Trains, shown at the Toledo Museum of Art

Die Neue Sammlung releases app that allows visitors to listen to the sounds of various exhibits

Spectacular jade green 'Alicante' glass vase by René Lalique makes auction record at Bonhams

Lennon, Weinberg opens exhibition of works by Richard Kalina

TOTAH opens an exhibition of works by Saul Steinberg

What is essay writing?

How to Get Success by Starting Ecommerce Business




Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful