July 31, 2021

Today in Whostory: 1/06/2020

1967 – Their first show of the year is at the Marine Ballroom in Morecambe. Pete doesn’t make it due to a car accident. Mike Dickinson of the opening act the Doodlebugs fills in on guitar. The other support act is Harold Graham.

1968 – The Who Sell Out first appears on Billboard‘s album charts. It had probably been released in the last week of December 1967. U.S. reviewers give it high marks, but the same cannot be said for the music director at New York’s WMCA who bans the album calling it “disgusting.” He decries the album cover as too offensive to be shown to children. The Who Sell Out peaks at #48.

1968 – The Who play the Civic Hall in Nantwich, Cheshire

1970 – Damon Lyon-Shaw is at IBC Studio A, London mixes a preliminary Who live album from Bob Pridden’s two-track tapes recorded during the 1969 U.S. tour. The tracks are “Young Man Blues version 1,” “I Can’t Explain,” “Fortune Teller,” “Young Man Blues version 2,” “Summertime Blues” and “Shakin’ All Over.”

1973 – Russel Harty Plus is broadcast. Featuring The Who performing Relay as well being interviewed. Also appearing on the show are Miss World, Michael Lindsay-Hog and Christopher Lee

1986 – The theme song to the movie “Quicksilver Lightning,” sung by Roger backed by Giorgio Moroder, is released in the U.S. The b-side is “Love Me Like You Do.” The soundtrack LP is released on the 20th. The single does not make the charts but the LP peaks at #140.

1986 – The first episode of the BBC2 TV series Buddy (“Raining in My Heart”) airs starring Roger as Buddy’s rocker father Terry Clark.

2007 – Pete writes an open letter to David Lister, Arts columnist for The Independent, who had quoted Pete in a previous article. Pete says rock is “about to throw off some of its testosterone driven defiance” and demand “a new level of intimacy from their audience.”