A week before The Monkees was set to debut on NBC on September 12, 1966, the group undertook a promotional tour that made stops in Chicago, Boston, New York, and Los Angeles. The promotional tour was launched in Hollywood on September 1 with a private reception at Screen Gems. For the first time, The Monkees played briefly in front of an audience. Here's a few pictures of Peter from that event. (Note: I'm uncertain if the picture of Peter "tied up" is from the Screen Gems event, despite the shirt being the same as the one he wore that day. Can anyone confirm?)
This article, from the December 1967 issue of Fave, digs deep into Peter's pre-Monkees days washing dishes at the Golden Bear, a folk club in Huntington Beach, California.
Monkee Spectacular was published from April 1967 through August 1968 for a total of sixteen issues. Each magazine was completely devoted to The Monkees, and featured color photos, exclusive stories, fan letters, contests, and more.
Peter's rendition of the folk standard "Cripple Creek" was on the set list of The Monkees' 1967 summer tour, as well as every major Monkees tour in the 1980s, but has been absent ever since. Tonight in Hampton, New Hampshire, where The Monkees are appearing, Peter performed the song during sound check.
In this interview ahead of last night's show in Ottawa, Peter talks about working in the recording studio, Justus, departing The Monkees in the late 1960s, Good Times!, and more.
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Here's a photo of Peter and Reine Stewart at an after-show party for Tiny Tim in Santa Monica, California that was sponsored by KHJ Radio. Also in attendance that evening were Dennis and Carl Wilson, Sally Field, Desi Arnaz Jr., and Jone Barbour, sister of Phyllis.
This is an excellent interview with Peter where he discusses The Monkees' new album in great detail.
Peter also discusses the 50th Anniversary, his vocal work on Good Times! and the chances of Michael Nesmith appearing live with The Monkees this year with the Chicago Tribune:
Be sure to check out this informative interview with Peter Tork where he broaches all current topics related to The Monkees and more. And thanks to James Grant, who conducted the interview, for alerting the Live Almanac to it, and for supplying the audio, too!
This is a really nice and lengthy interview with Peter Tork, where he talks about meeting The Beatles, touring with Jimi Hendrix, his early days in Greenwich Village with Stephen Stills, the inner workings of The Monkees' television series, Head, Davy Jones, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and much more.
Peter talks about Jimi Hendrix, the 50th Anniversary Tour, Good Times! and more:
Peter also spoke about "I Know What I Know," Michael Nesmith's songwriting contribution to Good Times!
"Michael wrote one song, a lovely song," Tork said. "It's like he shed his skin, and now we have the real Michael underneath. It's very moving to listen to the stuff he did."