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Encyclopedia > Peter Tork
Peter Tork
Born February 13, 1942
Washington, D.C.

Peter Halsten Thorkelson (born February 13, 1942), better known as Peter Tork, is an American musician and actor. Image File history File links Pt2. ... February 13 is the 44th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia. ... February 13 is the 44th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


He was born in Washington, D.C. and began studying piano at the age of nine, and showed an aptitude for music by learning to play several different instruments, including the banjo and acoustic and bass guitars. Tork attended Windham High School in Willimantic, Connecticut, then was a member of the first graduating class at E.O. Smith High School in Storrs, Connecticut. He then attended Carleton College but flunked out (twice) and moved to New York City, where he became part of the folk music scene in Greenwich Village during the first half of the 1960s. While there he befriended other up and coming musicians such as Stephen Stills, and after both moved to the Los Angeles area Stills suggested Tork audition for a new television series about four pop-rock musicians. Tork got the job and became one of the four members of The Monkees, who ended up being both characters in a television sitcom and a band in their own right. Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia. ... A grand piano, with the lid up. ... A four-string banjo For other uses, see Banjo (disambiguation) The banjo is a stringed instrument of African origin, early or original examples sometimes being called the gourd banjo. One predecessor to the banjo is called the Akonting. ... Classical and Bass Guitar The guitar is a musical instrument, used in a wide variety of musical styles, and is also widely known as a solo classical instrument. ... Willimantics town hall sports a Victorian-era clock tower. ... Edwin O Smith High School Edwin O. Smith High School, commonly referred to as E.O. Smith, is a secondary school located in Storrs, Connecticut. ... Storrs, Connecticut - Near the Hawley Armory Gymnasium Storrs is a census-designated place and part of the town of Mansfield, Connecticut located in eastern Tolland County. ... Skinner Memorial Chapel, Carleton College Carleton College is an independent, non-sectarian, coeducational, liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota, USA. The school was founded on November 14, 1866, by the Minnesota Conference of Congregational Churches as Northfield College. ... Nickname: Big Apple; City that never Sleeps; Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... The Washington Square Arch Greenwich Village (pronounced Grennich Village; also called simply the Village) is a largely residential area on the west side of downtown (southern) Manhattan in New York City. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... Stephen Stills Stephen Arthur Stills is an American guitarist and singer/songwriter best known for his work with the Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. ... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City 1,290. ... The Monkees were a four-man musical band created for an American television series of the same name, which ran on NBC from 1966 to 1968. ... now. ...


Tork was a proficient musician, and though the group generally did not play their own instruments on their first two albums, he was an exception, playing what he described as "third chair guitar" on "Papa Gene's Blues," a Mike Nesmith song, on the first album. After that point he played keyboards, bass guitar, banjo, and other instruments on their recordings. He also wrote along with Joey Richards the closing theme song of the second season of The Monkees, "For Pete's Sake." On the television show, he was relegated to playing the lovable dummy, even though he is actually a highly intelligent, literate person, as the other Monkees have always been keen to point out in subsequent interviews. Michael Nesmith, born December 30, 1942 in Dallas, Texas, is an American musician, songwriter, actor, producer, novelist, businessman and philanthropist. ... Dummy may refer to: A mannequin The figure used by a ventriloquist A babys dummy – the British English equivalent word for a pacifier Something that is not real; a forgery Something that features certain aspects of a real object that require repeated or straining exposure to testing, but does...

Peter Tork, circa 1966.
Peter Tork, circa 1966.

After two years of the show, six albums, a movie, and a television special, Tork had had enough and quit the group, striking out on his own with a group called “Release.” This new band never put out any recordings (making its name quite ironic), and did not achieve success. Tork was credited with co-arranging a Micky Dolenz solo single on MGM Records in 1971. Problems with drugs and alcohol led to his leaving show business entirely for a few years while he taught school and coached baseball. Image File history File links Pt3. ...


In 1976, Tork reunited with fellow Monkees Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz for the recording of a Christmas single, which saw limited release. Finally in 1980, he quit drinking and the next year gave up drugs. In 1981 he released a 45 RPM single, his first solo record, and did some club performances and live television appearances. Davy Jones, 1967 Davy Jones redirects here, for other uses see David Jones. ... George Michael Dolenz, Jr. ...


In 1986, Tork rejoined fellow Monkees Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz for a highly successful 20th anniversary reunion tour. Three new songs were recorded by Peter and Micky for a greatest hits release. In 1987, the three Monkees recorded Pool It!. A decade later, all four group members recorded Justus, the first recordings with all four members since 1968. Davy Jones, 1967 Davy Jones redirects here, for other uses see David Jones. ... George Michael Dolenz, Jr. ... Pool It! is the tenth album by the Monkees. ... In the 1990s, The Monkees continued to create new musical material, eventually recording an album which all four members performed and produced, Justus, in 1996. ...


Since 1986, Tork has intermittently toured with his former bandmates and also played with his own bands The Peter Tork Project and Shoe Suede Blues as well as in solo performances and with touring partner James Lee Stanley. In 1996, he released his first album length solo project, Stranger Things Have Happened, which featured brief appearances by Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith.


Peter has three children: Hallie Elizabeth (b. 25 January 1970) with Reine Stewart, Ivan Joseph (b. 22 December 1975) with Barbara Iannoli and Erica Marie (b. 15 June 1997) with an unknown girlfriend.


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Peter Tork (277 words)
Peter Halsten Thorkelson (born February 13, 1942), better known as Peter Tork, is an American musician and actor.
Tork got the job and became one of the four members of The Monkees, who ended up being both characters in a television sitcom and a band in their own right.
Tork was the most proficient musician of the four, and though the group did not play their own instruments on their first two albums, after that point he played keyboards, bass guitar, banjo, and other instruments on their recordings.
Peter Tork and Blue Suede Shoes Bio - Mars Talent (331 words)
Long before Peter Tork became a legendary part of the pre-fab pop-star phenomenon known as the “The Monkees”, he was a well-respected musician/artist in the burgeoning New York folk and blues scene.
Peter’s talent as a multi instrumentalist (bass, guitar, keyboard, banjo and french horn) made him much in demand as a sideman/back-up artist.
Peter was never satisfied with pre-fab rock fame, and even at the Monkee’s pop-star heights, never forgot his roots as an artist or a starving musician looking for a gig.
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