(February 21, 2019) Chicago, IL — MeTV Network pays tribute to the career of actor and musician Peter Tork with a special presentation of The Monkees airing on MeTV this Sunday, February 24, beginning at 5:00pm ET/PT through 6:00pm ET/PT. Complete tribute schedule is listed below.
Peter Tork will forever be remembered as the keyboardist and bass guitarist for The Monkees, the sixties pop/rock band that was formed specifically for the eponymous television show that originally aired on NBC from 1966 to 1968. The Monkees’ musical hits include “I’m a Believer” (featured in this MeTV tribute), “Daydream Believer,” “Last Train to Clarksville” and “Pleasant Valley Sunday.”
Tork got his start in the 1960s Greenwich Village folk music scene before landing the coveted role in the TV series that would bring him national stardom alongside fellow band members Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Davy Jones. Throughout the series, Tork would write some of their hit songs, including “For Pete’s Sake,” which was used as the show’s closing themes during the second season.
Tork’s musical influence continued on even after the show, collaborating with George Harrison on his 1968 soundtrack album Wonderwall. In the late 1980s, The Monkees experienced a resurgence in popular culture and embarked on several reunion tours. After the 2012 death of Davy Jones, the surviving members released Good Times! in 2016 and earned their first Top 20 album in 25 years.
Viewers can see our complete schedule and find out where to watch by visiting MeTV.com.
The schedule for MeTV’s Tribute to Peter Tork includes:
Sunday, February 24, 2019 (All Times are Eastern/Pacific)
5:00- 5:30pm ET/PT – The Monkees: “One Man Shy”
A wealthy debutante hires the Monkees to play at her coming out party, where Peter falls instantly in love with her. The girl’s rich suitor begins a campaign to show her what a bad boy Peter is and the Monkees reply with their own plot, to show what a fine person Peter is. Monkees music includes “Valerie” and “I’m A Believer.”
5:30- 6:00pm ET/PT – The Monkees: “The Devil and Peter York”
Based loosely on Stephen Vincent Benet’s fantasy novel (and the Oscar-winning 1941 RKO movie it spawned) The Devil and Daniel Webster. At Mr. Zero’s Pawn Shop, Peter falls in love with a golden harp. Learning Peter has no money, Zero produces a contract, which Peter signs. At the pad, Micky, Mike and Davy remind him that he can’t play the harp and urge him to return it. Suddenly, Zero appears in a puff of smoke, and, at his command, Peter plays beautifully. Zero disappears and the boys are immediately booked into a harp act, which is an instant overnight success.