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Matt Hawes
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I could have posted this in the "Music" area of the site, and despite the critics of the TV show and band, the Monkees did play instruments and created a lot of their own music, but they first came together for a TV show.

Anyway, here is the sad news:


May he rest in peace.
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I’m sure he will.

Saddened by this news.

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I loved the Monkees series as a kid and enjoy their music. The album GOOD TIMES they released in 2016 was one of their best. And through that album, my sixteen year old daughter became a fan of the Monkees. We eventually found the series on DVD at our local library. She will be sad.

Rest in peace, Peter. And thanks for the good times!


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I saw the Monkees in '86 (I think) and although it was just 3 out of 4 (Mike Nesmith didn't participate on that tour) they still put on a fun show with some great songs. Sad news indeed.
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He was my favourite Monkee when I was a kid and it still seems to me that he was the most naturally funny out of all of them -- and it is sad to hear he's gone.

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I enjoyed watching the The Monkees television show on re-runs during my youth. Later on I re-discovered the music and was surprised how well it had aged.

Saddened to hear that Mr. Tork has caught The Last Train To Clarksville... Rest in peace, sir. You gave the world some great tunes and big laughs.

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Sad to hear.
My minds eye still sees all of The Monkees very young so there is that momentary shock when I first hear this (like with Davy), still too young to go.

Many of their songs had good "hooks", I'm going to break out my compilation CD (yes I still have CD's) in his honor.
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By far the best musician of the Monkees, and a great songwriter! His vocals on "I Was Not Born to Follow" are hauntingly awesome too!

I wanted to meet Peter and buy a CD from him in Michigan one year, but by the time he got to his table, I was busy at mine, and the line was too long later...
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RIP.
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I am a fan of The Monkees, both the show and the unlikely sprawling nature of them as a band, so the loss of Peter Tork was a very sad moment for me.

The articles that I think best capture Tork were by Randy Lewis in the  Los Angeles Times:


... and Rob Sheffield’s loving tribute in Rolling Stone:


Peter Tork was a musician first, and the one true hippie of the bunch.  I’m glad to see his musical legacy get the proper context above, but I also loved him as a comedic actor.  Earlier this year, we also lost James Frawley, whose first directing jobs were the lion's share of MONKEES episodes.  He was a natural to direct because he was new and experimanetal, and he spent two to three months teaching the four Monkees improv comedy before they started shooting the show.  This isn’t talked about a lot, but it’s a defining aspect to why the show was so good - they really did develop great comic timing through working with Frawley.  It’s amazing to see how well Tork took his innocent Folkie act and used improv techniques to get real laughs on the show.  

When I learned of his death this week, I broke out my DVDs of the TV show and watched some episodes that had commentary by Frawley and Tork - “Monkees Vs. Machine,” “The Devil and Peter Tork,” and “Royal Flush.”  They both recall the improv classes, with Peter even remembering the moment he froze on stage during a workshop.  Interesting he would remember that so many years later - it was probably memorable because it is the stuff of nightmares for performers.

Frawley brought the spark of improv to TV, and Bob Raffleson and Bert Schneider’s post-production team brought the comedic pacing (and sound effects) from Warner Bros cartoons, the Three Stooges, and the Marx Brothers.  The comedy on the show still holds up.  

From a musical standpoint, Tork contributed a favorite song of mine - “For Pete’s Sake,” which is from the landmark HEADQUARTERS album and was used as the closing credits for the second season of the show (and all of the syndicated shows).  It’s a great song, with Dolenz giving a wonderful vocal - of all Tork’s gifts, singing lead was not one of them!  But the message and musicianship are impeccable, and great legacy to leave behind.




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James Frawley, left, appears in the introduction to “Monkees in Paris” - the gag is that the band is tired of the show’s formula, so they leave for Paris. 

Frawley would also play comedic characters through the series.  One of my favorites - he is the voice of the computer harassing Peter Tork in “Monkee Vs. Machine.”


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L-R:  Davey Jones, Micky Dolenz, Mr. Schneider, Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith.  While Tork’s relationship with the show and the band were complicated to say the least, this is the way I like to remember him - smiling in the center of the band.



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