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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013.
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Nesmith returns to The Monkees

Nesmith returns to The Monkees

CHICAGO, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Micky Dolenz says Michael Nesmith had planned to return to The Monkees before their British band-member Davy Jones died last February.
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Monkees announces reunion tour

Monkees announces reunion tour

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The surviving original members of The Monkees -- Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork -- Wednesday announced plans for a 12-date U.S. concert tour.
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Monkees won't attend Jones' funeral

Monkees won't attend Jones' funeral

STUART, Fla., March 7 (UPI) -- Micky Dolenz says he, Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork don't plan to attend the private funeral of their fellow Monkees band member Davy Jones in Florida.
Dolenz shocked over Jones' death

Dolenz shocked over Jones' death

INDIANTOWN, Fla., March 1 (UPI) -- Davy Jones' longtime friend and collaborator Micky Dolenz says he was "in a state of shock" after hearing the British singer-songwriter had died.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Feb. 13, 2012.
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Monkees cut concert tour short

Monkees cut concert tour short

LONDON, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- American pop group The Monkees announced this week they have canceled the last nine dates on their concert tour.
Tork suffering from rare form of cancer

Tork suffering from rare form of cancer

LONDON, March 6 (UPI) -- U.S. musician and singer Peter Tork, known for his work with the popular band The Monkees, says he is suffering from a rare form of head and neck cancer.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Feb. 13, 2009.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008.
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Peter Tork
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Peter Tork (born February 13, 1942) is an American musician and actor, best known as a member of The Monkees.

Tork was born Peter Halsten Thorkelson in Washington, D.C.. Although born in 1942, many news articles report him as born in 1944 in New York City as this was the date and place given on early Monkees press releases. His father was John Thorkelson, an economics professor at UConn and his mother was Virginia Thorkelson. He began studying piano at the age of nine, showing an aptitude for music by learning to play several different instruments, including the banjo and acoustic and bass guitars. Tork attended Windham High School in Willimantic, Connecticut, then was a member of the first graduating class at E.O. Smith High School in Storrs, Connecticut. He attended Carleton College before he moved to New York City, where he became part of the folk music scene in Greenwich Village during the first half of the 1960s. While there, he befriended other up-and-coming musicians such as Stephen Stills.

Stills suggested Tork audition for a new television series about four pop-rock musicians, when the producers asked if Stills 'had a better looking (musician) friend'. Tork got the job and became one of the four members of The Monkees, who ended up being both characters in a television sitcom and a band in their own right.

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