A Sunday Song Series Salute to Peter Tork

When our weekly Sunday Song Series debuted last September, we found ourselves listening to Carole King’s performance of Pleasant Valley Sunday.

Now, 25 weeks later, it’s decision time. Considering how there’s a vast and diverse selection of other Sunday titled / themed songs, there’d certainly be little excuse to feature another recording artist merely covering songwriter King’s own masterpiece.

However… this is no little excuse… and the man in question… unquestionably… is no ordinary musician… and his cover has taken on an extra special meaning.

You see…scant days ago… on 02/21/19… composer / multi-instrumentalist / actor Peter Halsten Thorkelson… better known as Peter Tork of the Sixties era rock group, The Monkees… passed away at the age of 77.

As for Tork’s rise to fame, you can choose either an in depth bio or my following thumbnail… maybe even both?

While Beatlemania was sweeping over the entire world, the NBC TV network’s suits…opportunists / capitalists all… clowns and would-be cloners all… were all conniving to shamelessly tap into the Fab Four’s popularity… create a sitcom for the small screen that’d mimic the Liverpool lads’ musicianship and capture their larger than life personae / big screen zaniness. And while the suits manufactured group of music apers could’ve been aptly named… oh… say… the PreFabricated Four, their choice of The Monkees had been quite suitable, too.

The network “gods” only saving grace, here? Their music centric sitcom actually was/is quite entertaining… at times LOL…


But… all humor aside… mega success had taken its toll… so much so that Tork had to opt out… exit the show… buy out the remaining four years of his network contract… take a $160,000 hit (in today’s dollars that’d be $1,154,514)… for the sake of preserving both his musical integrity and peace of mind.

Let’s get an even deeper perspective of Tork… firstly, as he eulogizes his old bandmate Davy Jones…

Secondly, with his lyrically sung hopes for a kinder, gentler, more peaceful world… A Better World

And… speaking of peace… let’s conclude our online memorial with our RIP wishes to Peter Halsten Thorkelson. You spoke to an entire generation and will continue to do so for all the generations to follow. For our having experienced your wit, wisdom and music the better world you spoke of is ours… will remain so for all who care… for all capable of fully appreciating these precious gifts you’ve bestowed upon us.

And what better further tribute could there possibly be than to watch a vid featuring Tork and his more recent band Shoe Suede Blues… to give a listen to their fine performance / cover of Carole King’s Pleasant Valley Sunday




A Non-Preachy Sunday “Sermon”

Give a listen to a selection from Carole King’s “living room” jam session… her catchy “little tune”… Pleasant Valley Sunday… is jam-packed with big thoughts.

Listening / reading between the lines, we can all get a better sense of what really does (and does not) matter in life.