When Peter Tork of the Monkees died in February of this year, at the age of 77, the New York Times obituary didn’t mention his ties to North Carolina and the Triad region.
The Monkees were hugely popular in the late-’60s, starring in their own T.V. show and releasing hit records. Tork left the Monkees, initially in 1969, though the band and its members reunited for tours and events starting in the 1980s. But Tork, who lived most of his life in California and Connecticut, had also spent a lot of time in Winston-Salem and Clemmons over the years, working with musicians and business professionals from the area.
He was managed, from around 2005 to 2008, by Marilyn Ingram, who also performed and toured with him during some of that time. Ingram, the president of the Downtown Arts District Association of Winston-Salem, is helping to coordinate Dancing In The Streets: A Tribute To Peter Tork, an event that will honor and celebrate Tork’s life and career.