RIP Peter Tork

Peter Tork has passed away.

For those of you unfamiliar with Peter Tork, he was a member of the Monkees, both a rock band and a TV show about a rock band.  While I didn’t know Peter Tork personally, I have been listening to the Monkees for a very long time, and they have provided a soundtrack for my life.

I was fortunate enough to see the Monkees in concert when Micky, Davy, and Peter were touring.  I remember how, in the middle of playing their usual songs, Peter plays Bach’s “Two Part Invention in F” and everyone was blown away.  I knew that Peter was an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, but was still awed by that performance.

The best way to honor a musician is to share their music, so here’s to you Peter Tork.

The Monkees in one of their trademark romps with Peter handling the lead vocals…

 

A gem from their 1980s work that tells the bright side of a nasty break up…

 

I would never thought of mixing a banjo with a big horn sound, but they pull it off in this song performed in their concerts in later years.  I don’t think this version was ever officially released, but was included on a live CD available during their 2001 tour.

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