Feb. 13th, 1942
Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Peter Tork's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1995 - The Brady Bunch Movie
1968 - Head
1968 - Wild in the Streets
Guest TV Roles
The Surf Guru
Performed as a folk musician in Greenwich Village and Los Angeles before being selected for the Monkees TV show. Made 58 TV episodes 6 albums, a TV special, and a movie before leaving the Monkees in 196 Released a solo single in 1982. Rejoined the Monkees for tours and an from 1986 to 1989. Released his first solo album, "Stranger Things Have Happened", in 1994
- The most accomplished musician of 'The Monkees' (qv), Tork plays 12 different instruments; his choice "depends on what kind of music I'm playing." While producers 'Tommy Boyce' (qv) and 'Bobby Hart' (qv) admired Tork's playing, he was almost never given lead vocals on the Monkees' records) box-set and CD bonus tracks from the 1980s and 1990s include several rarely-heard Tork songs and vocals).
- Tork and his grandmother were close; when he became a Monkee, "Grams" was one of his staunchest supporters, running a fan club for him, keeping a huge scrap book on 'The Monkees' (qv) and checking local record stores to see that they kept Monkees records in stock.
- While with 'The Monkees' (qv), Tork was involved in the group's most famous musical outtake, "Lady's Baby," a song released in 1995 as a bonus track on the reissue of the group's fifth LP, and inspired by Karen Harvey Hammer, the wife of his business partner Bob Hammer. The Hammers had an infant son, Justin. Peter insisted on getting the cooing of little Justin recorded for use on "Lady's Baby," which required following the baby around the studio with a microphone. Peter's use of baby cooing on a pop album predated by some 30 years the practice later incorporated by country beauties 'Martina McBride' (qv) and 'Sara Evans (I)' (qv), who used the cooing of their own children on some of their songs.
- Peter and his close friend 'James Lee Stanley' (qv) have released two CDs of their music. Among the songs used is a cover of "Pleasant Valley Sunday."
- Declined an invitation to rejoin 'The Monkees' (qv) for a McDonald's TV commercial, as he is a vegetarian ('Michael Nesmith' (qv) also declined, because there was no promise of further work).
- Taught algebra and coached baseball at a private school in the late 1970s; also worked as a singing waiter. Said later he'd have been pleased to join 'Micky Dolenz' (qv) and 'Davy Jones (I)' (qv) in their reunion with 'Tommy Boyce' (qv) and 'Bobby Hart' (qv), had they asked.
- The Monkees were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6675 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
- When 'Stephen Stills' (qv) was turned down by _"The Monkees" (1966)_ (qv) producers because his teeth were crooked and his hair was falling out, he recommended a local folk musician who looked like him named Peter Tork.
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