Today in Whostory: 1/17/2020

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 has the 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.”

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.