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Monkees' Music Sales Increase by 1,172% Following Peter Tork's Death

The Monkees
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The Monkees photographed in Aug. 1967 in Los Angeles.

Following news of the death of The Monkees’ Peter Tork, the band’s music saw a huge jump in sales, according to initial reports from Nielsen Music.

In the U.S. on Feb. 21 (the day Tork’s death was announced), combined sales of the band’s albums and digital songs grew by 1,172 percent, rising to a 3,000 sold (up from a negligible figure on Feb. 20).

The top selling Monkees song on the day of Tork’s passing was “Daydream Believer,” a track which Tork played piano, including its memorable introduction. (Listen below.)

“Daydream” was one of three No. 1 hits for the band on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In total, the act scored 20 entries on the tally. Further, the act has placed 16 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, including four No. 1s – all consecutive – between 1966 and 1967.