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The Monkees and Their Paw
February 21, 2019  | By Eric Gould
 
Sad news, and yet more proof that time is marching on, came the news today (2/21/19) that Peter Tork, the lovable bungler of super pop group the Monkees, has passed away at the age of 77. Tork became an instant star as a member of the group sometimes mocked as the “Prefab Four” when he was selected along with Mike Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones (who passed away in 2012) to star in a weekly comedy series as the American doppelgänger to the Beatles hijinks in Help and A Hard Day’s Night. For a time, they outsold their British competition with number one hits such as “I’m a Believer” and “Last Train to Clarksville” – although the group, despite being musicians in their own right, did not write those and others. Tork and his mates had real charm, as seen in TVWW’s fave clip here from the 1968 episode “The Monkey’s Paw” where Micky buys a cursed artifact, which of course, starts the usual mayhem.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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