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Peter Tork Dies: The Monkees’ Affable Bassist Was 77

Deadline — Erik Pedersen

Peter Tork, the affable, moptopped bassist for The Monkees who starred in their mid-’60s TV show and toured the world with the group, died today. He was 77. His sister Anne Thorkelson confirmed the news but did not provide details. Tork had been diagnosed with throat cancer a decade ago.

The Monkees were the made-for-American-TV group that attacked video and audio airwaves in 1966 at the height of Beatlemania. The NBC series aired only two seasons but won the 1967 Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series and also launched the group to radio stardom. Their first hit was “Last Train to Clarksville,” which started a run of five consecutive Top 3 singles stateside and was the first of three chart-toppers followed by “I’m a Believer” and “Daydream Believer.”