Peter Tork, bassist and singer for the Monkees, dead at 77

The bassist of “America’s answer to the Beatles” has passed.

Peter Tork, the bassist and singer of made-for-TV outfit the Monkees, died on Thursday, The Washington Post reported. He was 77.

In an official statement posted on Facebook, his team described Tork as “a friend, mentor, teacher and amazing soul.” “We want to thank each and every one of you for your love, dedication and support [for] our ‘boss.’ Having you in our world has meant so very much to all of us,” the post reads.

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While the statement doesn’t mention Tork’s cause of death, the musician had been diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare form of cancer which affects the tongue, in 2009.

Tork was one of the founding members of the Monkees, alongside Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones. Dubbed as “America’s answer to the Beatles,” the quartet were formed in 1966 through a nation-wide audition for an American television series, which centered on a fictional rock ’n’ roll band of the same name.

Although the show only lasted for two seasons, the group won two Emmy awards, including one for Oustanding Comedy Series, and scored several hits on the music charts. Some of their well-known songs include “I’m a Believer,” penned by Neil Diamond, “Daydream Believer” and “Last Train to Clarksville.”

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After the band released six albums, Tork left the group in 1968 to pursue solo efforts. He later reunited with bandmates Dolenz and Jones in the mid-’80s to drop Pool it!

Following Jones’ death in 2012, the remaining members, including Nesmith, regrouped for their 12th studio LP, Good Times. They also released a Christmas album last October.

RIP, Peter Tork. Reminisce on the good ol’ days and watch the music video for “Daydream Believer” below:

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