October 25, 2020

Daddy Rolling Stone

From the "My Generation" liner notes by Brian Cady.

Recorded April 12-14, 1965 at IBC Studios, London.

"This was one of our favorite stage songs. We played this on and off right up to the end. It grew into something far more powerful than this version."
–Pete Townshend (1965)

From the My Generation liner notes by Brian Cady:

Recorded April 12-14, 1965 at IBC Studios, London.

"This was one of our favorite stage songs. We played this on and off right up to the end. It grew into something far more powerful than this version."
–Pete Townshend (1965)

A cover of the song originally released by Otis Blackwell in 1953. Blackwell left recording in 1955 to become a songwriter and wrote a few tunes you may have heard of like "Don’t Be Cruel," "All Shook Up," "Return To Sender" and "Great Balls Of Fire." However, the version from which The Who got their arrangement was the 1963 cover version by Derek Martin.

The Who’s version appeared on the B-side of the European release of "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" and was not released in the U.S. (in a stereo mix probably prepared in 1965) until the Two’s Missing LP in 1987. This stereo mix is currently available on The Who’s box set 30 Years Of Maximum R&B.

Often performed live in The Who’s first few years and a live version recorded for the U.S. show Shindig is available on bootleg videotapes. The stereo version on My Generation: Deluxe Edition features different backing vocals from the original version and is missing Roger’s tambourine. The mono mix is on the 2008 My Generation Box released in Japan.