"Monkees" Band Member Passes Away At 77

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The 60s was an incredible time for music and so many of the iconic bands from the era are still selling out to this day.

We all know the Beatles and the Stones, but who could ever forget The Monkees?

The Made-for-TV band was so much better than some give them credit for and their hits like Daydream Believer, Last Train to Clarksville, and I'm a Believer are still sung or hummed by millions of us around the world.

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Although they were mainly active in the late 60s, the continued popularity led to many reunion tours and concerts. To date, the band has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide.

The world fell in love with the four goofy musicians Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Davy Jones. Sadly, it was recently announced that the band's bassist, Tork, had passed away at 77.

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The cause of death has not been released as of yet, but Tork was diagnosed with a rare form of tongue cancer in 2009. He made a full recovery and was touring with the band as recently as 2016. He did pull out of that tour for unexplained reasons.

In October, he wrote on his Facebook page regarding his health.

"While it is true that my health has required a little more attention these days, I'm feeling pretty good. I'm also cherishing this time with family and friends, and making music."

The Monkees were handpicked to capitalize on the success of The Beatles, but no one could have anticipated how popular they'd become. At one point they even outsold the band that inspired them.

Tork was a fun and friendly man who played a doofus on the show. He described himself as the "dummy" of the group and fans loved him for it.

He contributed vocals to many songs, but was mainly known for playing the bass guitar or keyboard. He also was lead vocal on the song Do I Have To Do This All Over Again.

"We want to thank each and every one of you for your love, dedication and support of our 'boss,'" wrote Tork's Facebook team on the post announcing his death. "Please know that Peter was extremely appreciative of you his Torkees, and one of his deepest joys was to be out in front of you, playing his music and seeing you enjoy what he had to share."

The musical TV show only ran for two seasons, but the band's music has endured.

It's a wonderful legacy for Tork to leave behind.

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