Thursday, February 7, 2013

"The Real Peter Tork" on Facebook

So, I'm finding all sorts of usefulnesses from fan pages on FB.  They post (way too many) videos from Youtube and lots of funny pictures on a regular basis.  (Sorry that I don't, there are already WAY too many fansites that are FULL of visuals).

But Peter's actual online presence has generally been growing VERY slowly.  Glacially, in fact.  (I first saw Shoe Suede Blues in 2005 and back then, they barely had a website.  In fact, NOW, they barely have a website)

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So the nice people running his FB page put up a Trivia Quiz to celebrate him getting to 25,000 likes.  (Which seems like a bit of work, rather than a reward)

The questions and SOME of my answers
1. What were the names of Peter’s parents?
2. Who called Peter “the most talented Monkee”?
3. In what year did Peter release his first solo album, Stranger Things Have Happened, and on what label?
4. In what year was Shoe Suede Blues created and what was their first show?
5. Derek Lord and Lauren Ellis have performed with Shoe Suede Blues from time to time. In which other of Peter’s bands did they perform?
6. In what year did was the first CD released that included Peter as a member of Two Man Band? Who else was a member? What was the name of the CD?
7. In addition to The Monkees, name 3 other TV shows Peter has appeared on.


1.  He is the son of Virginia Hope (née Straus) and Halsten John Thorkelson (Wikipedia)
2.  Everyone, but here you may be referring to Jimi Hendrix.  Or Mike.
3. According to my personalized copy, 1994, Beechwood (which has me singing "Beechwood 45789")
4, Maybe 2000??, and I'm guessing California.  My friend, their #1 fan who has been to 99% of their concerts (I will gladly use her name if she wants me to)  who I have dubbed the SSB Unofficial Historian says that "Tadge, John Palmer, Michael Sunday, Richard Michaels & Peter were all living in CA then."
5. Better question:  What do they play?? Derek Lord (drums!) & fabulous Lauren Ellis on Guitar and Repair (PT Project)
6.(Buy the cd!!)  James Lee Stanley is amazing!!
7. (Too obvious)

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My trivia questions for PT:
Has PT ever seen "Searching for Sugarman"?
Any extant recordings from Dashboard Saints???
Can the prize be that the winner gets the first copy of Peter's Autobiography?
Or can it be that he writes one??

My real question is: Why are so many of these questions too difficult to find on the internet?
ie No pages for PT's old bands & members, and no links to his former bandmate's pages.  Which is really ironic, because he is a VERY generous performer onstage.

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Later that same day:

All answers posted:
1. What were the names of Peter’s parents? 
Virginia and John Thorkelson

2. Who called Peter “the most talented Monkee”?
Jimi Hendrix

3. In what year did Peter release his first solo album, Stranger Things Have Happened, and on what label?
1994, Beachwood label

4. In what year was Shoe Suede Blues created and what was their first show?
1994, benefit dance. 

5. Derek Lord and Lauren Ellis have performed with Shoe Suede Blues from time to time. In which other of Peter’s bands did they perform? 
Derek Lord – The Peter Tork Project
Lauren Ellis – Dashboard Saints

6. In what year was the first CD released that included Peter as a member of Two Man Band? Who else was a member? What was the name of the CD?
1996, James Lee Stanley, Two Man Band

7. In addition to The Monkees, name 3 other TV shows Peter has appeared on.
The Uncle Floyd Show, 7th Heaven, The List, King of Queens, Wings, and Boy Meets World, California Dreaming, The Steven Banks Show, The Bradford Exchange, VH1's The List, Prime Time Country (with James Lee Stanley), The Rosie O'Donnell Show (with The Monkees), Tonight with Jay Leno (with The Monkees), The Mike and Mattie Show, the Today show (performing with Davy and Micky), Behind the Music, Rachel Maddow Show

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