August 3, 2021
Cover of The Who's "Tommy" album

Saturday, May 17, 1969

(52 years ago)

The first copies of the Tommy LP are appearing on store shelves in America, disc jockeys also receive a 4-single box set of selected tracks. Ellen Sander in Saturday Review calls it a masterpiece and says it features some of the best rock music ever recorded. John Gabree in High Fidelity calls it "superlative rock-and-roll". David Walley in Jazz &Pop hails it as a "superlative achievement" while Charles E. Fager in Christian Century loves it and calls it a "thoroughly religious work." Despite the acclaim and promotion, sales are slow for the rock opera at first.


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