Today in Whostory: 1/03/2020

1964 – The Who play the Glenlyn Ballroom in Forest Hill opening for The Rolling Stones. Pete, who has incorporated an arm-swinging move he saw Keith Richards perform as his own signature guitar move, apologizes for the appropriation to Richards. Richards says he doesn’t know what Pete’s talking about as it turns out he was merely limbering up before the show.

“I thought I was copying Keith Richards,” he told Sound’s Steve Peacock, “So I didn’t do it all night, and I watched him and he didn’t do it all night either. ‘Swing me what?’ Keith said. He must have got into it as a warming up thing…but he didn’t remember, and it developed into my sort of trademark.”

1968 – The Who were scheduled to play the Bal Tabarin Club in Bromley

1970 – Melody Maker article: “Who in row over those ‘late’ concerts” about a British concert hall’s management refusing to let The Who play in their hall.

1973 – The Who tape an appearance on Russell Harty Plus at London Weekend Television Studios. After The Who mime their way through their new single “Relay,” Pete “accidentally” tips over his speaker stack and the fun begins. Keith and Pete, with some help from Roger and John, quickly take over the interview. Host Harty later says he learned that “if your body should become a battleground, it is better to lie back and enjoy it.” Clips from this show help enliven the movie The Kids Are Alright while “Relay” later appears on the Who’s Better Who’s Best laserdisc and VCD.

1984 – The Sun (London) reports that Pete is working on an album with his brother Simon.

1996 – The John Entwistle Band continues their bus tour of North America with a show in San Diego

2003 – Pete Townshend is nominated for the Songwriters Hall Of Fame

2003 – Playboy (February issue) publishes a fictional short story about The Who by Jim Shepard. It is “told” by John Entwistle and concerns the history of The Who. The story is later published in his Shepard’s collection Love and Hydrogen