Thread Status: Not open for further replies. "It's a bad news / good news situation," explained Tork. Later that year, he reunited with Jones and Dolenz in the studio for the recording of the single "Christmas Is My Time of Year" backed with "White Christmas", which saw a limited release for fan club members that holiday season. What are you going to do?"[48]. My voice and energy still seem to be in decent shape, so maybe I can pull these gigs off after all." [26] He moved to Fairfax in Marin County, California, in the early 1970s, where he joined the 35-voice Fairfax Street Choir and played guitar for a shuffle blues band called Osceola.

He played with members of the soon-to-be Lovin' Spoonful and dated Cass Elliot from the Mamas & the Papas. Dolenz felt that once he had accomplished something and became a success at it, there was no artistic sense in repeating a formula. Unlike fellow Monkees Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones, Peter Tork was an actual musician before TV executives held casting calls and assembled the sitcom band. The tracks were recorded at Blue Horizon House at 165 West 74th Street, home of Sire Records, but Seymour Stein, president of Sire, rejected the demo, stating "there's nothing there". "We're like Peter's backup band", added Stewart, "except we happen to be a group instead of a backup band." In 1967, free from Don Kirshner's restrictions, Tork contributed instrumental flourishes, such as the piano introduction to "Daydream Believer" and the banjo part on "You Told Me", as well as exploring occasional songwriting with the likes of "For Pete's Sake" and "Lady's Baby". Recording and producing as a group was Tork's main interest, and he hoped that the four members would continue working together as a band on future recordings. He became proficient as a banjo and guitar player at an early age. The trio of Monkees parted ways in 2001 following a public feud, but they reunited in 2011 for a series of 45th-anniversary concerts in England and the United States. '"[24], Tork's record and movie production entity, the Breakthrough Influence Company (BRINCO), also failed to launch, despite such talent as future Little Feat guitarist Lowell George. [29] He performed comedy bits and lip-synced the Sire recordings. He spent a total of three years as a teacher of music, social studies, math, French and history, and coached baseball at several schools.[17][27]. In it, Nesmith states that Tork was better at playing guitar than bass. Tork was again cast as Jedidiah Lawrence, while Jones was Reginald Fairfield, and Dolenz's character was Gordy. (Later, Davy Jones, the Ramones, Shrapnel, and others would follow in his footsteps. Songs written or co-written by Tork include the following: Monkees reunions, other bands, and activities, Peter Tork speaking in a July 12, 2013 phone interview with Roger Friedensen, a correspondent for, Learn how and when to remove this template message, An Evening with The Monkees: The 45th Anniversary Tour, "Local Indy Band Lucky Town Coasts To Radio", "Hey, Hey, He's Back Again : Pop music: Ex-Monkee Peter Tork has started a new band, which plays at Bogart's tonight", "Former Economics Professor John Thorkelson Dies", "Maritime Days sails back to port Seafaring fest carries a cargo of music, food and nautical pastimes", "Interview: Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork Talk Monkees Summer Tour, 'Headquarters' and What They Learned from Jimi Hendrix", "A Memphian, a Monkee and a Horse walk into a horror movie ...", "Peter Tork 6 of 8 on The Strange Dave Show", "Peter Tork and Shoe Suede Blues – Cambria Hotel", "Peter Tork, Court Jester of the Monkees, Is Dead at 77", "Pam Tork, Peter Tork's Wife: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know", "Former Monkee Peter Tork diagnosed with rare cancer", "Micky Dolenz Posts Heartbreaking Reaction to the Death of his Monkees Bandmate Peter Tork", "The Monkees' Surviving Members Mourn Peter Tork's Death", "The Monkees' Mike Nesmith & Micky Dolenz Open Up Like Never Before", “Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again?”, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Peter_Tork&oldid=975101802, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Season 1, Episode 10: "Romancing the Tube", Season 7, Episode 6: "She's Gotta Have It", Season 1, Episode 1: "Television Comes of Age", "Zilch" (with Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith), "No Time" (with Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith); credited to Hank Cicalo, "Peter Percival Patterson's Pet Pig Porky", "Goin' Down" (with Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, Diane Hildebrand), "Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again?”, "God Given Grant" (with Tork’s brother, Nick Thorkelson), This page was last edited on 26 August 2020, at 19:07.
In 2001, Tork took time out from touring to appear in a leading role in the short film Mixed Signals, written and directed by John Graziano. During this time, Tork appeared regularly on The Uncle Floyd Show, broadcast on U-68 out of New Jersey. The group finally went their separate ways in 1971, some pursuing solo careers.