Today in Whostory: 1/24/2021
1964 – The Detours play the Glenlyn Ballroom in Forest Hill, opening for the Hollies
1967 – “Happy Jack” appears on Sweden’s Kvällstoppen sales chart where it will peak at #8
1968 – The Australian tour flies to Essendon Airport in Melbourne, Victoria. A press conference gathers in the V.I.P lounge. Reporters badger the two groups demanding to know what drugs they had smuggled into the country and what they were high on now. When one reporter gets in Pete’s face, Pete punches him.
1969 – The Who play the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
1970 – The Who play Tommy at Der Kunglige Teater in Copenhagen. Due to the bitter cold in Copenhagen on this date, Pete introduces the opera as “Tommy on Ice!” Leading members of the Danish government take the first two rows for themselves but walkout halfway through. Despite the highbrow attention, The Who find no room at the inn as their reservations at the Copenhagen Inn are turned down due to a hotel policy against “long-haired pop groups.”
1970 – Melody Maker prints the article: “Who in colour tv film.” It says The Who are the subject of a documentary being shot for European TV featuring concerts and behind-the-scenes footage.
1971 – Pete and Keith are drinking at the Speakeasy when Frank Zappa asks them if they want to be in his new video movie 200 Motels, then shooting at Pinewood Studios in London. Pete begs off, being too busy with Lifehouse, but Keith takes up his offer.
1975 – John Entwistle and his band play the University of East Anglia in Norwich
1977 – Eric Clapton records a guitar overdub for Roger’s One of the Boys solo LP. The results aren’t quite good enough to use, however, after Eric gets soused on Roger’s gift of a barrel of Fuller’s Superstrong Ale.
1980 – Chet Flippo writes a lengthy report on December’s Cincinnati tragedy for Rolling Stone . He reveals that various citizens and city officials had warned that something like this was going to happen at Riverfront Coliseum as early as three years before. In another article, promoter Larry Magid calls the tragedy a “symptom of society” that could happen again
You can read the article here: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/rock-roll-tragedy-why-11-died-at-the-whos-cincinnati-concert-93437/?fbclid=IwAR2XMjMQNW1CvKxKKQiFD9bTkI9nUEqmLVEq9fE7IuWu1BcqD2wuhPLrAOI
1996 – John appears on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”
2005 – The New Yorker carries a cartoon captioned “Pete Townshend Vineyards”
2007 – Pete reveals on his website that he and Roger had a business meeting prior to the South Bank Awards show and decided on a European tour for May followed by a winter tour of Japan, Australia and Hawaii. He also discusses a recent French author’s view that soon all music will be available for downloading for free: “iTunes are getting away with murder, and the French want to stop them. Oh! I warned you all back in 1986 and no one listened.”
2012 – “Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan” is released. It includes a cover of “Corrina, Corrina” by Pete Townshend.
Watch a short documentary on Pete talking about this on youtube here
You can also watch him recording the song on youtube here
2012 – It is announced that Pete has sold his interest in his entire song catalog to the Spirit Music Group. You can read about it here
2013 – Roger Daltrey joins with Steven Tyler to perform at the Raise Your Voice benefit in Los Angeles. The event is in honor of Dr. Steven Zeitels whose techniques gave new life to both singers’ voices.
2019 – Billboard.com carries an article entitled “Pete Townshend Talks New The Who Album & Avoiding Certain Songs In Their Catalog” by Gary Graff
You can read it here
2019 – thewho.com posts an article from Pete about recording with Gordon Giltrap MBE. You can see it here: https://www.thewho.com/pete-recording-the-who-album/
Today in Whostory: 1/23/2021
1964 – The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford.
1965 – The Who play the Corn Exchange in Chelmsford.
1965 – The Who play Club Noreik in Tottenham. Opening for The Who at the all-night rave is The Muleskinners featuring future Small Faces’ keyboardist and second husband to the future Mrs. Moon, Ian McLagan.
1965 – The magazine FABulous carries a photo with the caption “The High Numbers…now under new management as The Who”
1966 – The Who play the Co-Operative Hall in Warrington, Lancashire
1968 – Another performance at Sydney Stadium, this time The Who and Small Faces are accused of using foul language onstage and the press demands a police investigation.
1971 – Pete again tries to explain what the Lifehouse project entails to Penny Valentine in Melody Maker: “We are intending to produce a fiction or a play or an opera, and create a completely different kind of performance in rock. We are writing a story and we aim to perform it on the first day we start work in this theatre. Tied in with the whole idea is the use of quadraphonic sound and pre-recorded tapes. About 400 people will be involved with us and we aim to play them music which represents them.”
1971 – Record Mirror carries an article entitled “Pete’s Plan For The ‘New’ Who” by Bill McAllister, a report of the press conference Pete gave at The Young Vic on the 13th
1972 – John’s son Christopher is born at Queen Charlotte’s Maternity Hospital in Hammersmith
1973 – Keith has another guest spot, this as a drummer on Dave Carlsen’s album A Pale Horse. Recruited at The Speakeasy, Keith plays on “Death On A Pale Horse” and another track that doesn’t make the finished album. The session ends abruptly after Keith gets in an argument with the studio manager.
You can hear a short sample of the music here: https://www.amazon.com/Death-On-A-Pale-Horse/dp/B000T2EI7A
1975 – John Entwistle and his band The Ox play in Leicester
1981 – Billboard magazine carries an article entitled “Who’s Movie Due On RCA SelectaVision”
2002 – The Who hold the first of their rehearsals for their upcoming shows
2007 – “Pete Townshend – The Definitive Collection” CD is released
2007 – Pete is interviewed on XFM and speaks about playing Glastonbury: “I don’t know if we’re allowed to say, but let me put it this way, I think they want us to do it, and we want to do it. So we shall see. I this it’s about whether or not they’ll give me space to park my tent.”
2007 – The Who receive a lifetime achievement award at the South Bank Awards Show at London’s Savoy Hotel. Pete and Roger receive their award from ITV chairman Michael Grade.
2007 – Tony Furtado releases a cover of “Won’t Get Fooled Again” on his CD Thirteen.
2007 – Joe Goldmark releases his CD “Seducing The ’60s” featuring a country & western cover of “The Kids Are Alright.”
2008 – Keith Moon: Final 24 premiers on the Biography Channel. It features re-creations of the last 24 hours of the drummer’s life.
2019 – Billboard.com carries an article entitled “The Who on Their First Tour With Live Nation & Magic Bus Sweepstakes” by Gary Graff
You can read it here
Today in Whostory: 1/22/2021
1963 – The Detours play the Grand Ballroom in Broadstairs, Kent
1965 – The Who pre-tape their first appearance on Radio Luxembourg’s Ready Steady Radio! at the Marquee Club. The show is broadcast on the 31st.
1966 – The Who play an earlier show at the Adelphi in West Bromwich
1966 – Disc Weekly runs an article entitled : “Who’s Keith Moon: Home Boy At Heart.” It contains a rare interview with his mum Kathleen Moon who says “Keith doesn’t smoke, drinks only in moderation and doesn’t bother much about girls.” Mom apparently doesn’t know best or doesn’t let on since Keith is then living at home with his pregnant girlfriend Kim.
1966 – The play a show at the Smethwck Baths Ballroom in Smethwick at 10:30pm
1966 – Fabulous magazine carries a feature on The Who titled “Who Started It”
1968 – Sydney Stadium is the next stop on the Australian tour. The groups play on a revolving stage but the weight of the equipment breaks the mechanism and the view is obscured for two-thirds of the audience.
1969 – A nine-minute interview with the “Woo” is shown on Nederland 2’s Later.
1975 – John Entwistle and his band Ox play Mountford Hall at Liverpool University
1983 – Billboard magazine carries and article entitled “The Who’s ‘Final Concert’ Offers ‘Live’ Ambience” by Laura Foti
1986 – Pete Townshend’s solo album White City – A Novel is certified gold by the RIAA.
2003 – “Living Famously – Keith Moon” is first aired
2008 – The third title in the Wheels on the Bus series, The Wheels on the Bus: Mango’s Big Dog Parade, is released on DVD. Roger Daltrey again voices and sings as Argon the dragon bus driver.
Today in Whostory: 1/21/2021
1964 – The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford
1966 – The Who play the Glenlyn Ballroom in Forest Hill
1966 – New Musical Express features three items on The Who: a brief article on “More Who Dates”, an article saying that they will introduce “Circles” on Ready, Steady, Go! on the 28th, and an ad for “The Robert Stigwood Organisation LTD” listing them as a client
1967 – “Happy Jack” reaches its U.K. peak at #3.
1967 – Brian Epstein’s NEMS officially announces their amalgamation with the Robert Stigwood Organization taking over concert bookings for Stigwood’s acts including The Who.
1967 – The Who are scheduled to play Leeds University in Leeds but the show is cancelled when Pete is unable to make it due to running out of gas on the A1. Determined not to miss the show, Pete attempts to trade his guitar for gas. By the time he finally makes it to Leeds, it is too late.
1967 – The Who appear on BBC’s radio programme Saturday Club recorded on the 17th
1967 – Beat Club is broadcast featuring The Who recorded on the 15th
1967 – Keith Moon’s marriage is completely covered up in an article in Disc and Music Echo. Keith claims to live alone except for a Labrador puppy
1967 – The Who mime to “I’m a Boy,” “Heat Wave” and “Happy Jack” on the TV show Beat Club. The show was recorded on January 15th.
1968 – The Who get a day off the 1968 Australian tour. Roger, Keith and John try water-skiing. Later Keith is given a rental car and, according to Australian tour manager Ron Blackmore, drives it into the lobby of the Park Royal Motel, hands the keys to the bellboy and tells him to park it.
1978 – Billboard magazine puts the budget for The Kids Are Alright movie at $4 million.
1996 – John Entwistle launches his new solo band The John Entwistle Band at a private party at Tramps in New York City. The band consists of John on bass Steve Luongo on drums Godfrey Townsend (no relation) on guitar and Alan St. Jon on keyboards.
2002 – Pete posts his 1967 U.S. Air Force ad on his website.
2007 – Pete performs “No Name, No Face, No Number” at a tribute concert for Jim Capaldi at the Roundhouse in London.
Today in Whostory: 1/20/2021
1966 – The Merseybeats’ single “I Stand Accused” that features an appearance by Keith on gong hits the U.K. charts and peaks at #38. You can listen to it on youtube here
1968 – The Who play at Festival Hall in Brisbane, Queensland. The performances go over well with the audience but gets belittled in the next day’s press (“The Who were guilty of playing down to the yokels”). The tone of the press coverage is only to get worse. Learn more about the 1968 Australia tour here
1968 – New Musical Express reports that “Glow Girl” will be The Who’s next single. Pete mentions “Little Billy,” written for the American Cancer Society and, probably referencing “Faith In Something Bigger,” says he wants The Who to “preach” on their next album.
1968 – Rolling Stone magazine carries an article by Jann Wenner providing a history of The Who
1968 – Billboard magazine carries a photo of The Who with the caption “SUNN MUSICAL EQUIPMENT Co. has boldly signed the Who, seen here, to a product endorsement contract.
1977 – The Who’s lawsuit against ex-managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp is settled with negotiations between Pete and Stamp at an office on Poland Street. Pete receives a $1-million settlement of his U.S. copyrights to date and The Who gain rights to all their recordings from “Substitute” on. MCA also agrees to pay for the cost of writing a screenplay for Quadrophenia. During the settlement Pete learns that lawyer Allan Klein permanently owns a piece of his song copyrights as a result of the 1966 settlement with Decca Records. Pete who loathes Klein, is appalled by the news.
1977 – Pete and Chris Stamp go clubbing at The Speakeasy where they catch some of John Otway’s performance. Later that night Paul Cook and Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols stop by. Mistaking them for Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious, Pete huddles with them at their table and tells them The Sex Pistols will have to carry the “rock ‘n’ roll banner” as The Who are finished. Instead of the snarled response he expects, the two Pistols express their admiration for The Who and declare they don’t want them to break up. Pete and the Pistols are snapped by a New Musical Express photographer who has punches thrown at him by a very inebriated Pete. Pete then tears up his million-dollar check, leaves The Speakeasy and passes out in the gutter where a policeman who recognizes him brings him around. The bobby explains that if he can get up and go home, he won’t have to arrest him. Pete will later write the events of this night into the first verse of the song “Who Are You.”
2003 – A radio ad begins airing in the U.K. with Roger urging pensioners to help young people. It uses a few seconds of “My Generation.”
2019 – thewho.com published Richard Evans interview with Simon Townshend. You can listen to the interview here
Today in Whostory: 1/19/2021
1963 – The Detours play a “New Year’s Rave” at the CAV Sports Ground, Northolt, West London.
1964 – The Detours play the White Hart Hotel in Acton
1965 – The Who play the Marquee Club in London
1968 – Arriving horribly jet-lagged at Mascot Airport in Sydney, The Who are immediately herded into a press conference. With Australia’s conservative press raising a stink about long-haired foreigners coming to take money out of Australia’s depressed economy, reporters pepper the group with hostile questions. The silent, dazed Who can do little to defend themselves before they are shuttled off for another flight to Brisbane.
1969 – The Who play the Mothers Club in Erdington, Birmingham
1970 – The Who fly back to London to record a new single at IBC Studios. “The Seeker” and a rare Roger-penned song “Here For More” are recorded.
1973 – Keith is a guest on BBC Radio One’s Roundtable. For some reason known only to him, he reads from the book Eating In Africa.
1974 – Billboard magazine carries an ad for “RTL” listing artists they promoted in France the previous year
1974 – Record Mirror magazine carries a brief article on “Who Paris trip”
1997 – Pete Townshend records “Drumming” later released on his website.
Today in Whostory: 1/18/2021
1963 – The Detours play the Grand Ballroom in Broadstairs, Kent
1964 – The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford
1967 – The Who perform at the Orchid Ballroom in Purley, Surrey
1968 – The Who begin a 36-hour, five-stop flight from London to Sydney, Australia. Joining The Who on board for the tour are The Small Faces (with drummer Kenney Jones) and Paul Jones, ex-member of Manfred Mann and star of the recent movie Privilege, a science-fiction story of a pop singer who becomes a messiah figure and is ultimately rejected by his followers.
1969 – The Who play the Civic Hall in Nantwich, Cheshire
1973 – Rolling Stone magazine carries a review of the December 9, 1972 performance of Tommy at the Rainbow Theatre
1986 – Billboard magazine carries a two page spread advertising Pete and Roger’s solo appearances on The King Biscuit Flower Hour
1989 – Pete inducts the Rolling Stones into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria. He advises them not to grow old gracefully. “It wouldn’t suit you.” He also takes part in the ending jam session. Backstage he is repeatedly asked when The Who are going to tour again. According to one source Bono from U2 corners Pete and says he owes it to fellow band member John Entwistle to go out on the road with The Who to ease John’s debt burden. Pete however later says it was while enduring the flight back home economy class and getting off the plane with an aching back that he decided to make himself rich enough to always fly first class. In any case shortly after his return Pete agrees to accompany Roger and John on a 25th anniversary Who tour.
1997 – The John Entwistle Band performs at the Cakewalk exhibit at the NAMM convention in Anaheim CA. This live performance is also presented on an Internet-only cybercast hosted by Cakewalk Music Software and Intel. The cybercast makes musical history as The John Entwistle Band is joined by percussionist Pedro Vargas over an internet connection from a CAA/Intel Media Lab in Hollywood over 50 miles away.
Today in Whostory: 1/17/2021
1965 – The Who play the New Theatre in Oxford opening for P.J. Proby with the Mike Cotton Sound, Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, and Sandra Barry and the Boys. Thirty-two years later Proby would play “The Godfather” during the 1997 Quadrophenia shows.
1967 – The Who record a new group of performances live at The Playhouse for BBC’s radio programme Saturday Club. “Happy Jack,” “Run, Run, Run,” “Boris The Spider,” and “See My Way” are released in 2000 on the CD BBC Sessions. The show was broadcast on the 21st
1969 – Go magazine carries an article: “The Who plan new tv pop opera” about a plan to film “Deaf Dumb and Blind Boy” for television.
1969 – The Who were supposed to perform on this date at King’s College in London but there has been no confirmation that the performance actually occurred.
1970 – The Who play a second night at the Champs Elysees Theatre in Paris, it is broadcast live on Europe 1 as part of a Musicorama special.
1972 – Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy is certified gold by the RIAA.
1973 – The group Ellis have their album produced by Roger, Riding on the Crest of a Slump, released in the U.S
1975 – John Entwistle and his band The Ox play Brunel University in Uxbridge
1976 – Roy Carr has a recent interview with Keith called “The Chancellor and the Drummer Boy” in New Musical Express. In it Keith defends his current tax exile status: “They’re driving out all those people who make the money – whether it’s on a long or short-term basis. How on earth can a professional man afford to work and live in Britain? He can’t. He’s penalised because of his talent and because of his business acumen and individual enterprise.” Keith also details how he is shopping around a re-write of the movie Soldiers Three to star him, Ringo Starr and Harry Nilsson. He also denounces his roles as a horny nun in 200 Motels and a child-sex pervert in Tommy as “typecasting.”
1976 – Record Mirror carries q brief review of Squeeze Box while also listing it as a “Star Breaker”, and a brief mention of the possibility of Roger being nominated for an academy award for Tommy
1981 – Paulo Hewitt in Melody Maker reports on spending a day with The Who as they rehearse for their upcoming British tour. The Who are so busy rehearsing that there is no time for all of them to fly to Florida to hear the mixes of their new album Face Dances. Pete jets over, gives the new mixes a quick listen, makes some suggestions, and then jets back.
1990 – The Who are at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York as they are inducted into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame by the members of U2. Mandy Moon is also on the stage during the award ceremony representing her father. She points out to the crowd that daddy Keith couldn’t be there that night partly because he had been banned from the Waldorf-Astoria. Pete speaking about rap music states “it’s not up to us to try to understand it it’s not even up to us to buy it we just have to get the fuck out of the way.” Afterwards they perform “Substitute ” “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Pinball Wizard” with Pete on acoustic guitar.
1997 – Objayda release a cover of “The Kids Are Alright” on their “Pretend Pretenders” E.P. You can hear a sample here
2000 – Vonda Shepherd sings “See Me Feel Me” on Ally McBeal
I believe its found in this episode – but I haven’t watched it!
2008 – Pete Townshend makes a surprise appearance at a gig by the group The Eels at London’s St. James Church. The show features a reading from group leader Mark Everett of his new book Things the Grandchildren Should Know. Everett invites Pete up to give the last reading.
Today in Whostory: 1/16/2021
1964 – The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford
1966 – The Who play the Agincourt Ballroom in Camberley
1970 – The Who begin the Opera House Tour taking Tommy to some of Europe’s most prestigious opera house. The first is the Champs Elysees Theatre in Paris
1971 – The 6th Pete Townshend page in Melody Maker is published. In “Do you suffer from media frustration?” Pete discusses the pros and cons of BBC radio.
1976 – “Squeeze Box” backed with “Success Story” is finally released as a single in Europe. It will peak at #10 in the British charts.
1978 – Shooting begins on “The Legacy” in which Roger takes a small role in his first fiction film not directed by Ken RussellWatch the trailer for the movie on YouTube here
1980 – Variety reports The Who have been signed to Warner Brothers Records for a three-record deal for $12 million dollars
1993 – Roger appears at the Paramount Theatre Benefit Concert for the CityKids Foundation of New York.
2001 – Susan and The Surftones release their CD All The Beat…All The Best featuring a cover of “My Generation.”
2002 – Pete posts a long diary message called “A Different Bomb” about the dangers of child pornography on the Internet. “When you are a child – possibly the victim of a war, maybe just an orphan or foster child – and sexual abuse follows, it could be said that what drops on you is ‘…a different bomb’. I believe that the internet is a latent bomb factory for the children of the future.” After the blowup about his research on this issue in 2003, Pete is forced to stop plans to continue writing what was meant to be a exposé book and this document is all that is ever published.
Today in Whostory: 1/15/2021
1962 – Roger submits an application for The Detours to audition for the BBC Light Entertainment. The band members are listed as “Solo guitar – Roger Daltrey, Bass guitar – John Empwhistle, Rhythm guitar – Peter James, Rhythm guitar – Roy Ellis, Drums – Harry Wilson, Vocalist – Colin Dawson.”
“Peter James” may have been Pete Townshend. Pete later notes this month as the one where he successfully auditions for The Detours.
1965 – The first record by The Who is released. “I Can’t Explain” backed with “Bald-Headed Woman” comes out on the Brunswick label.
1965 – The Who play the Technical College (Chelsea School of Art) in Chelsea, London
1965 – Melody Maker carries a brief review of “I Can’t Explain” calling it “insidious and insistent”
1966 – The Who play at The Two Puddings Club in Stratford
1966 – The Who play the In Crowd Club in Hackney, London
1966 – Disc Weekly features an article entitled “Who’s Keith Moon: Home Boy at Heart”
1966 – Melody Maker features an article titled “Rave City ’66” where “Groups on the go choose the swingingest scenes” which features a brief quote by Pete. This issue also carries a story titled “Who Set Up A Test-run 3-day tour”. Also, one of the letters is in regards to Roger’s recent “Blind Date”
1967 – The Who fly off to Hamburg, Germany to mime to “I’m a Boy,” “Heat Wave” and “Happy Jack” on the TV show Beat Club. The Show is broadcast the following day.
1972 – Billboard lists “Let’s See Action” as #3 in Singapore
1973 – Keith flies to Paris to accept the Grand Prix de I’Academie du Disque Francais for Pete. The award is for both the Tommy album and a stage production.
1975 – John Entwistle and his band The Ox play at Exeter University
1993 – Roger Daltrey appears on Howard Stern’s radio show in New York.
2005 – Pete attends the final performance of a play about The Four Seasons, Jersey Boys, at the La Jolla, California Playhouse. Also present at the event are Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio of the Four Seasons. The show raises $40,000 for victims of the recent Asian tsunami.
2011 – Roger performs as part of “The Rock & Roll Shabbaton 2011”
2013 – Pete Townshend, on behalf of The Who, presents six brand new Laser Pico sailing dinghies to representatives of Antigua’s National Sailing Academy. The dinghies are fully rigged with sails branded with The Who logo.