November 24, 2020

Today in Whostory: 1/13/2019

1968 – ow Girl” is recorded at IBC Studios. Written during a near-disastrous plane trip during the previous summer’s Herman’s Hermits tour, the song is intended as The Who’s next single. However, as with “Faith In Something Bigger,” it will also remain unreleased for the next seven years. Its closing line, “It’s a girl, Mrs. Walker, it’s a girl,” will appear much sooner after a sex-change operation.

1968 – Pete is a guest on Jonathan King’s ITV programme Good Evening.

1971 – Who and the Young Vic’s manager Frank Dunlop hold a press conference at the Young Vic to explain their aims with their as-yet-unnamed project. The Who plan to perform three times in February in the theatre combining rock music with new electronic sounds. Twenty new Who songs are planned for premiere at these shows. The shows are to be recorded in quadraphonic sound and filmed. Pete speaks again of “audience-participation rock” and describes their aim as “total music.” He also says that a staging of Tommy at the Young Vic is in the works.”We shall not be giving the usual kind of Who rock show. The audience will be completely involved in the music, which is designed to reflect people’s personalities. We shall try to induce mental and spiritual harmony through the medium of rock music…I’ll act as a computer and everything will be fed into me and processed, then put back out again. The effect is something that will come from everyone and the aim is that each person will get a better understanding of themselves. It will be the best music we’ve ever produced.”

1973 – Pete drags Eric Clapton back into the limelight with two shows at The Rainbow Theatre in London. Pete had discovered Clapton’s heroin addiction the previous August and devises a scheme with Clapton’s girlfriend’s father, Lord Harlech, to force Clapton to work so he can escape his narcotic-induced reclusion. Backing Clapton onstage is not only Pete, but also Ron Wood, Steve Winwood, Jim Karstein, Jim Capaldi and Rick Grech. Clapton is late but manages to make it through both shows. They are recorded by Glyn Johns and later released on album.

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