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|Also Known As:||Peter H. Torkleson||Died:|
|Born:||February 13, 1942||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Washington D.C., USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
A founding member of the Monkees, Peter Tork rose from obscurity to pop idol status with the group's eponymous television series (NBC, 1966-69), and remained with the group through various reunions over the course of four decades. Though his "character" on the television show was gentle but slow-witted, Tork was actually the most accomplished musician of the quartet, having mastered guitar, banjo, bass, harpsichord and numerous other instruments. However, his talents were unable to maintain a career as a solo artist in the wake of the Monkees' initial demise in 1969, and for much of the 1970s and 1980s, Tork struggled with substance abuse and financial issues. The group's unexpected revival in the late 1980s revived Tork's fortunes through a string of successful tours, though the members frequently found it difficult to maintain their Age of Aquarius brotherhood. By 2001, Tork had left the act due to internal conflicts with Davy Jones and Mickey Dolenz. Despite the acrimony, Tork remained as genial and committed to his music as he had been in the Monkees' heyday, which did much to preserve his status as an underrated member of the '60s rock generation.
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