This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio # 963

Peter Tork wanted to be a musician. He became famous, a face on TV screens and magazine covers, another pinup idol on the wall. That was never all that he was. The Monkees‘ origin was artificial, but Tork helped them to become something real. On an episode of the group’s TV series, the devil himself offered Peter fame and fortune in exchange for his soul. But Peter Tork didn’t want fame and fortune. He just wanted to make music. He made his music. He kept his soul. For these reasons and more, This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio remembers Peter Tork.

We were born to love one another

This is something we all need

We were born to love one another

We must be what we’re going to be

And what we have to be

Is free

Closing Observations: Peter Tork

The Night I Met Peter Tork

Love is understanding. This is what rock ‘n’ roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

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TIRnRR # 963: 2/24/19

This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio FRESH SPINS! (tracks we think we ain’t played before) are listed in bold

THE MONKEES: Angels We Have Heard On High (Rhino, Christmas Party)

THE MONKEES: I Don’t Think You Know Me [Second Recorded Version] (Rhino, More Of The Monkees)

THE MONKEES: Words (Rhino, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.)

THE MONKEES: Tear The Top Right Off My Head [TV version] (from The Monkees TV series)

THE MONKEES: Little Girl (Rhino, Good Times!)

THE MONKEES: Come On In (Rhino, Missing Links, Vol. 2)

THE MONKEES: Can You Dig It (Rhino, Head)

THE MONKEES: Wasn’t Born To Follow (Rhino, Good Times!)

THE MONKEES: (I Prithee) Do Not Ask For Love [second recorded version] (Rhino Handmade, The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees)

THE MONKEES: Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again (Rhino, Head)

THE MONKEES: Solfeggietto (from 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee)

THE MONKEES: Iranian Tango [from The Monkees TV series]

THE MONKEES: Shades Of Gray (Rhino, Headquarters)

THE MONKEES: Peter Percival Patterson’s Pet Pig Porky (Rhino, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.)

THE MONKEES: For Pete’s Sake (Rhino, Headquarters)

PETER TORK: Milkshake (Beachwood, Stranger Things Have Happened)

GEORGE HARRISON: Cheer Down (Capitol, Let It Roll)

THE SMITHEREENS: Now And Then (Capitol, Blow Up)

EYTAN MIRSKY: Don’t Bother Me (Jealousy, VA: He Was Fab)

THE KARIANNES: Every Word Means No (Big Stir, single)

TEENAGE FANCLUB: Tell Me What You See (UNCUT, VA: Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?)

THE KARIANNES: This Song Is A Cure (Big Stir, single)

THE CURE: Friday I’m In Love (Elektra, Galore)

THE MONKEES: Love’s What I Want (Rhino, Good Times! [Japanese release])

THE FONDETTES: The Beatles Are In Town (Ace, VA: Destroy That Boy!)

THE MONKEES: You Bring The Summer (Rhino, Good Times!)

RICHIE HAVENS: Here Comes The Sun (Stormy Forest, Alarm Clock)

ORBIS MAX: Pieces Of Love (single)

GEORGE HARRISON: If Not For You (Apple, All Things Must Pass)

DEEP PURPLE: Burn [U.S. single edit] (Rhino, A Fire In The Sky)

THE LIVERBIRDS: Talking About You (Ace, VA: Destroy That Boy!)


RAYLENE & THE BLUE ANGELS: Shakin’ All Over (Ace, VA: Destroy That Boy!)

THE JELLYBRICKS: Brooklyn (Wicked Cool, single)

GEORGE HARRISON: Poor Little Girl (Capitol, Let It Roll)

T BONE BURNETT: Jellico Coal Man (Sony, VA: Johnny Cash: Forever Words)

THE WHO: I Can’t Explain (MCA, Who’s Better, Who’s Best)

THE DAMNED: Drinking About My Baby (Sanctuary, Smash It Up)

THE GROOVIE GHOULIES: Freebird (Lookout, VA: Lookout! Freakout!)

PETER TORK & THE NEW MONKS: (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone (Claude’s Music Works, single)

THE DROWNERS: While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Jealousy, VA: He Was Fab)

DEAN LANDEW: I Miss Your Lovin’ (

THE GRAHAM BOND ORGANISATION: Traintime (Hip-O, VA: Best Of British Blues, Volume 1)

JIM BASNIGHT: Best Lover In The World (Precedent, Not Changing)

THE PIVOTS: (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone (Ace, VA: Destroy That Boy!)

THE MONKEES: (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone (Rhino Handmade, Summer 1967: The Complete U.S. Concert Recordings)

JEFF LYNNE: I Want To Tell You (Warner Strategic Marketing, VA: Concert For George)
THE MONKEES: All Of Your Toys (Rhino, Music Box)

THE BEATLES: Think For Yourself (Capitol, Rubber Soul)

THE MONKEES: The Girl I Knew Somewhere (Rhino, 50)

THE BEATLES: I’m Happy Just To Dance With You (Capitol, single)

THE MONKEES: Circle Sky [live] (Rhino, 50)

THE BEATLES: Cry For A Shadow (Apple, Anthology 1)

THE MONKEES: Daydream Believer (Rhino, 50)

THE TRAVELING WILBURYS: End Of The Line (Wilbury, Vol 1)

THE MONKEES: Can You Dig It [demo] (Rhino Handmade, Headquarters Sessions]

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