October 21, 2020

Little Billy

From the "Odds & Sods" liner notes by Brian Cady.

Produced by Kit Lambert at IBC Studios, London February 11, 1968.

"Now if I might take a little liberty here, this is a masterpiece. Written and recorded for the American Cancer Society in exchange for world wide success and fame it ended up not saving lives, but moldering unheard in some executive’s office for six years.’It’s too long’ he said in a slimy East Coast accent of the nastiest possible kind. Actually he was quite nice — used to take me to lunch in the Russian Tea Room. Had baseball bats embroidered on his Y-fronts. I really hate him because he jilted me, the swine. But, as you can hear, Little Billy is doing fine, just fine."
–Pete Townshend

Played by The Who live during early 1968 where it was promoted as a possible single.

Track 10 on the 1998 Odds & Sods CD. Pete’s final words from the control room were not on the original version.