Monkees Singer and Bass Guitarist Peter Tork Dead at 77

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Peter Tork

Monkees Singer

Dead at 77

2/21/2019 9:11 AM PST

Peter Tork — the lovable member of the pop band The Monkees — died Thursday after a decade-long battle with tongue cancer.

Peter’s sister reportedly confirmed the musician’s death but did not reveal where he passed or the cause. The Monkees singer was diagnosed with a rare cancer affecting his tongue, called adenoid cystic carcinoma, back in 2009.

Tork was known as the wise-cracking, self-described “dummy” of the made-for-TV music group … who played bass guitar and keyboard. His claim to fame might be the piano intro on the group’s mega hit, “Daydream Believer.”

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He also contributed on vocals, singing the lead on tracks like “Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All Over Again?”

Peter was also the oldest member of the group — at 24 — when “The Monkees” NBC show first aired in 1966 … and instantly became a sensation thanks to the trail blazed by Beatlemania.

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Tork left the group after its huge success in the late ’60s and tried to make it on his own as a solo artist, but returned to The Monkees in the mid-80s for major reunion tours.

Peter’s survived by his wife, Pamela, and has 3 kids — 2 daughters and a son.

He was 77.

Source:: TMZ – Music News