Today in Whostory: 7/31/2021

1964 – The High Numbers play the Goldhawk Social Club in Shepherd’s Bush opening for The Kinks

1965 – The Who play Wilton Hall in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire. A girl who likes John brings her friend Karen Astley to see The Who. Afterwards they go out for drinks with the band where Karen kisses Pete, beginning the relationship that will lead to marriage three years later.

1965 – Pete tells Disc “We’ll be cutting the new disc soon, which I expect will be one of my compositions, ‘My Generation’. It’s a more uptempo number and it talks about old people and young married people. The fellow who’s telling the story can’t really express himself properly and stutters. In a way, I’m trying to stop the group getting old. It’s the one serious thing we’re always talking about.”

1966 – The Who are at IBC’s Studio A for two days of recording and mixing of the A and B side of the new single, “I’m A Boy”/”In The City” plus a new recording of “Disguises.” Manager Kit Lambert produces while Paul Clay engineers.

1967 – The Who play the Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg, Florida

1967 – Pete reunites with his old art school buddy Tom Wright, now a photographer at Silver Springs. Tom comes aboard to be The Who’s official photographer for the rest of the tour. His introduction to life with The Who comes aboard the tour plane as it takes off from St. Petersburg. The father of a girl Keith had kept out all night the night before pursues the plane in a station wagon, firing a shotgun out the window.

1968 – The Who play The New Place in Algonquin, Illinois

1971 – The Who play the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in New York

1971 – Henry Mancini’s album Mancini Concert hits the U.S. charts. It features a cover of “Overture (from Tommy).”
You can listen to it on YouTube here

1973 – Anne Nightingale interviews Keith for BBC Radio 1’s Scene And Heard broadcast on August 2. On the same day “Four Faces” (under the name “Quadrophenia”) and “We Close Tonight” are officially dropped from the album

1991 – Roger makes a special appearance with The Chieftains at the Grand Opera House in Belfast. He must perform without a soundcheck due to a bomb scare. The result is later released on CD and DVD as An Irish Evening: Live At The Grand Opera House, Belfast with Roger singing “Raglan Road” and “Behind Blue Eyes.”
You can listen to Behind Blue Eyes from this show on Youtube here

1995 – Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band, featuring John Entwistle on bass, play the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio

1997 – The Who play the Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts in Mansfield, Massachusetts

2002 – The Who play the first of four nights at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. Someone throws a full water bottle at Roger and hits him in the arm causing more than a few cross words from the singer.

2004 – The Who play the Vodafone Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2007 – The Raspberries release their CD Live on Sunset Strip (Deluxe Version) featuring a cover of “I Can’t Explain”. A cover of “Substitute” is also available as a download to purchasers.Listen to “I Can’t Explain” on YouTube here
You can watch The Raspberries perform “Substitute” at a show here

2011 – Roger plays Valdemar’s Castle in Svendborg, Denmark

2012 – Roger joins Eddie Vedder on stage the Hammersmith Apollo to perform “Blue, Red and Grey” and “Naked Eye” on ukulele. Watch a clip on YouTube here

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Today in Whostory: 7/30/2021

1962 – The Detours’ rhythm guitarist Roy Ellis drowns while swimming in the Thames. The Detours inherit his Vox 15s amp.

1965 – The Who play the Fender Club in Kenton, Middlesex

1966 – The Who play the Sixth National Jazz and Blues Festival at the Royal Windsor Racecourse in Windsor. The crowd is both drenched by a howling rainstorm and disappointed by the non-appearance of the scheduled Yardbirds. Despite this, The Who manage to rev up the crowd with a tremendously destructive show probably inspired by having their act partially stolen by The Move earlier in the day (they smashed television sets). Pete performs all this destruction while dressed in a tuxedo. Melody Maker later reports that The Who’s act inspired a small number in the audience to perform some offstage destruction.

1966 – Beach Boys fan Keith gives his public assessment of their new album Pet Sounds to New Musical Express: “I think Pet Sounds illustrates the way one man’s mind works, that of Brian Wilson. There’s nothing revolutionary in the album, I don’t think. Perhaps the only revolution is in the group itself, the way they’ve changed with the album. They are not so much a vocal group these days. Vocals, as such, have almost disappeared with this album.”

1967 – The Herman’s Hermits tour is scheduled to play the Miami Beach Exhibition Hall in Miami, Florida but it appears this concert was cancelled

1971 – Pete is interviewed in The Times. He discusses Mick Jagger’s fascination with The Who, his desire for a film project, and how tired he is of Tommy.

1977 – A single from Roger’s solo album One of the Boys, “Say It Ain’t So, Joe” backed with “Satin and Lace,” is released in the U.S. It fails to chart

1978 – A version of “Who Are You” even more edited than the U.K. version and with the “F” word replaced with “hell” is released as a single in the U.S. “Had Enough” is again on the other side. It peaks at #14 in Billboard and #9 in Cash Box.

1978 – Peter Meaden, the Mod impresario who changed The Who’s name for a time to “The High Numbers” and wrote the lyrics for “I’m The Face” and “Zoot Suit,” is found dead at his parents’ home of an overdose of alcohol and barbiturates. He was 37 years old

1981 – Many stories begin to circulate about Pete’s drinking, drug use and deteriorating health. In response, Pete writes a letter for publication in the Who’s News fanzine denying that he is ill, has marital problems, has given up on Meher Baba or is an alcoholic. The final lines are: “I still get upset when I hear people talking about me ‘killing’ myself. That won’t happen unless by accident.” In truth, everyone around him is horrified by his lifestyle and afraid he will soon join Keith Moon in the afterlife

1982 – Pete’s “Uniforms (Corps d’Esprit)” is released in Britain where it peaks at #48. The B-side is the non-LP track “Dance It Away” that was originally written for The Who’s Face Dances album.

1988 – TV Time features Roger on the cover and a story titled “Gone Fishing! Why Roger Daltrey’s hooked on the good life”

1989 – The Who play Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida

1993 – Pete appears on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and performs “English Boys” and “Face the Face”

1994 – Roger begins his orchestral celebration tour of the music of Pete Townshend at Red Rocks in Denver. His band consists of John on bass, Pete’s brother Simon on guitar and Zak Starkey on drums. The highlight of the show is an abridged version of Quadrophenia. Before the show Roger and John are interviewed about the new Who boxset. Roger shows his attitude towards it by turning the boxset upside down and dumping the contents on the ground

2007 – The Who: Live in Houston, Texas 1975 is released as a semi-legal DVD in Europe

2011 – Roger plays the Lokerse Festival in Belgium

2012 – Roger is at the Royal Academy of Arts attending the UK creative industries reception hosted by the British Government