The Monkees Fans React to Micky Dolenz’s Loving Celebration of Peter Tork’s 80th Birthday: ‘Thinking of My Partner and Monkee Brother’

Micky Dolenz celebrated what would have been the 80th birthday of his Monkees castmate and bandmate, Peter Tork. In a loving Instagram post, Dolenz shared a photograph of the twosome with a caption that encapsulated his feelings for Tork and honored the milestone. This flashback image and Dolenz’s kind words caused fans of the actors and musicians to react with love and respect for all they accomplished together.

The Monkees members Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork on a boat.
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Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork performed as actors on ‘The Monkees’ for two seasons

After answering a casting call from the producers of a television series who looked for “folk & roll musicians, singers for acting roles in new TV series,” Dolenz and Tork unknowingly became a part of television and music history. Along with Davy Jones and Mike Nesmith, the prefab four would evolve to become more than just actors on a series. They would eventually break a Billboard record for four number one albums in one year and go on to tour for decades after the series ended in 1968.

In an interview with Cleveland Scene published in 2017, Tork spoke of his longtime friendship with Dolenz.

“Micky, I enjoy hugely. We have had some very good times together. We laughed a lot and paid attention to what each other is doing on stage and so there’s communication there. Micky’s always been a lot of fun,” Tork said of Dolenz.

Micky Dolenz honored his late Monkees ‘brother’ Peter Tork for his birthday

In an Instagram post dated Feb. 13, Dolenz shared an image where he and Tork were photographed together.

The black and white photograph showed Tork standing among a group of people. Dolenz held a video camera where he captured Tork in the moment amongst their peers.

In the comments section, Dolenz wrote the following message of appreciation for his Monkees co-star and bandmate.

“Thinking of my partner and Monkee brother, Peter Tork today on what would have been his 80th birthday.
Born February 13th, 1942. Forever in our hearts,” the musician stated.

Fans shared their own reflections in the comments section of the post

The Monkees perform on the set of their television show in 1967.
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Monkees fans shared their own reflections regarding this milestone birthday for the man dubbed “the quiet Monkee.”

“Happy birthday Peter! Hope you, Mike and Davy are having a wild time!!” penned one follower.

“Happy Heavenly Birthday Peter! You are truly missed,” wrote a second viewer.

“Sending you love and prayers today, and wishing Peter a blessed and happy heavenly birthday,” said a third Instagram commentor.

“Happy Birthday in heaven Peter! We were lucky to have you in our lives,” exclaimed a fourth Monkees fan.

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