The Talented Peter Tork Part Three
On March 3, 2009, Tork reported on his website that he had been diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare, slow-growing form of head and neck cancer. A preliminary biopsy discovered that the cancer had not spread beyond the initial site. “It’s a bad news / good news situation,” explained Tork. “It’s so rare a combination (on the tongue) that there isn’t a lot of experience among the medical community about this particular combination. On the other hand, the type of cancer it is, never mind the location, is somewhat well known, and the prognosis, I’m told, is good.” Tork underwent radiation treatment to prevent the cancer from returning.
On March 4, 2009, Tork underwent extensive surgery in New York City, which was successful.
On June 11, 2009, a spokesman for Tork reported that his cancer had returned. Tork was reportedly “shaken but not stirred” by the news, and said that the doctors had given him an 80% chance of containing and shrinking the new tumor.
In July 2009, while undergoing radiation therapy, he was interviewed by the Washington Post: “I recovered very quickly after my surgery, and I’ve been hoping that my better-than-average constitution will keep the worst effects of radiation at bay. My voice and energy still seem to be in decent shape, so maybe I can pull these gigs off after all.” He continued to tour and perform while receiving his treatments.
On September 15, 2009, Tork received an “all clear” from his doctor.
Tork documented his cancer experience on Facebook and encouraged his fans to support research efforts of the Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation.
Tork currently resides in Mansfield, Connecticut. He has been married four times:
* Jody Babb
* Reine Stewart – one child, Hallie Elizabeth, born January 25, 1970
* Barbara Iannoli – one child, Ivan Joseph, born December 22, 1975
He also has a daughter, Erica Marie, born June 15, 1997, from a relationship with Tammy Sustek.
All songs written by Peter Tork or co-written by Tork as indicated.
* “For Pete’s Sake” (Peter Tork, Joseph Richards)
* “Band 6” (Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork)
* “Zilch” (Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork)
* “Goin’ Down” (Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, Diane Hildebrand)
* “No Time” (Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork) but credited to Hank Cicalo
* “Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again?”
* “Can You Dig It?”
* “Lady’s Baby”
* “Tear the Top Right Off My Head”
* “Gettin’ In”
* “Merry Go Round” (Peter Tork, Diane Hildebrand)
* “Get What You Pay For”
* “Sea Change”
* “I Believe You”
* “Run Away From Life”
* “Tender Is”
* “Easy Rider”
* “Hi Babe”
* “Little Girl”
* “God Given Grant” (Peter Tork, Nick Thorkelson)
* “Ain’t Your Fault”
* “Mister Bob” (Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, Eric Van Den Brink)
* Stranger Things Have Happened (1994)
with James Lee Stanley:
* Two Man Band (1996)
* Once Again (2001)
* Live/Backstage at the Coffee Gallery (2006)
with Shoe Suede Blues:
* Saved By The Blues (2003)
* Cambria Hotel (2007)
* Step By Step (2013)