I am sitting here eating lunch and learned that Peter Tork of the Monkees died today, February 21, 2019. Peter was 77 and passes almost 7 years to the day after Davy Jones (February 29, 2012). I haven’t been doing memorials for passing artists lately as I saved that for my year end In Memoriam list, but I am going to make an exception.
Growing up, The Monkees were a big influence on me. Their whimsical behavior and their music were a big part of my childhood. I am sure it was that Beatles sound, but whatever it was, I loved it (They outsold the Beatles for a short time, by the way).
Peter was the lovable goofball bass player who might have been my favorite on the show as he always made me laugh. Now, I didn’t see the shows live, but I did watch them religiously on the cable station TBS back in the 70’s. The first album my parents bought for me was The Monkees Greatest Hits. They ordered off one of those TV commercials because I am sure I hounded them until they did. I still have that vinyl today and it plays beautifully.
I am going to keep this short, but wanted to pay my respects to Peter Tork. Thanks for the musical memories and the joy you brought me as a little kid.