December 4, 2020

Today in Whostory: 1/17/2019

1967 – 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

1969 – magazine has the article: “The Who plan new tv pop opera” about a plan to film “Deaf Dumb and Blind Boy” for television.

1969 – 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.

1972 – Meaty Beaty Big &amp 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

1979 – In Melody Maker, Pete says he is optimistic about The Who’s future and their upcoming film projects and says Kenney was the only possible replacement for Keith.

1981 – lo 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.

2000 – Vonda Shepherd sings “See Me Feel Me” on Ally McBeal

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.