Worldwide recognized for being the lead guitarist and keyboardist of the band ‘The Monkees’, Peter Tork is a popular musician from America. Being a multi-instrumentalist, he has achieved a huge success as an artist. Today, let’s learn more about the career, biography, and net worth of Peter Tork in 2019.
Early life & Biography
Peter Tork was born as Peter Halsten Thorkelson on February 13, 1942, in Washington, US. His father, Halsten John Throkelson, was an economics professor at University of Connecticut. His mother’s name was Virgnia Hope and her profession is not known. When he was 9 years old, he developed an interest in music and started learning piano. He learned many other instruments too and later became a professional guitarist. While learning the musical instruments, he continued his studies. First, he attended Windham High School and later moved to E. O. Smith High School. Following his high school, he enrolled at Carleton College but left it midway.
Unlike his career, his personal life hasn’t been so smooth. He has been married four times and has 3 kids, two with his wives and one with his then-girlfriend. He first married Jody Bobb in 1960. The same year itself, the couple got separated. Then, he married Reine Stewart in 1973. After separating with her in 1974, he married Barbara Iannoli in 1975. They remained together till 1987 before ending up with a divorce. Thereafter, he took nearly 25 years to get hitched again. He married Pam in 2013 and the couple is believed to be together as of now.
Career, Awards & Nominations
During his graduation years, Peter attended the college briefly and moved to New York to make his career in music. Initially, he performed in Greenwich Village folk scene where he met Stephen Stills who had a significant role in shaping his career. Soon, Peter made a place in the band ‘The Monkees’ in the recommendation of Stephen Still. He became the lead guitarist of the band and achieved a huge success as the band reached the topmost heights of success in very short period of time.
‘I’m Believer’ and ‘Last Train to Clarksville’ are the most popular songs of Peter with this band. After the ground-breaking success of ‘The Monkees’ band, he formed his own music band but it failed terribly. Afterwards, he worked as music teacher for almost three years and then again, made a comeback in show business.
Peter Tork achieved a fair success as a musician but he could never win any major awards and nominations except for a few Grammy nominations for the band ‘The Monkees’.
Net worth & Earnings
As of today, Peter Tork is 76 years old. After the smash success of the band ‘The Monkees’, he couldn’t achieve any major success. Still, at present, he has an impressive net worth of $6 million. He has made this amount of money solely through his music career. He has also acted in a couple of movies but they didn’t add much amount to his net worth.
Peter Tork is a self-made star. Neither his parents nor any of his relatives were in the show business but he himself made his way and achieved the success too. Today, he might be old and so is his songs but once he was a desired musician. Even after battling with cancer, he made a successful comeback.