December 7, 2021

Today in Whostory: 1/20/2020

1966 – The Merseybeats’ single “I Stand Accused” that features an appearance by Keith on gong hits the U.K. charts and peaks at #38. You can listen to it on youtube here

1968 – The Who play at Festival Hall in Brisbane, Queensland. The performances go over well with the audience but gets belittled in the next day’s press (“The Who were guilty of playing down to the yokels”). The tone of the press coverage is only to get worse. Learn more about the 1968 Australia tour here

1968 – New Musical Express reports that “Glow Girl” will be The Who’s next single. Pete mentions “Little Billy,” written for the American Cancer Society and, probably referencing “Faith In Something Bigger,” says he wants The Who to “preach” on their next album.

1968 – Rolling Stone magazine carries an article by Jann Wenner providing a history of The Who

1968 – Billboard magazine carries a photo of The Who with the caption “SUNN MUSICAL EQUIPMENT Co. has boldly signed the Who, seen here, to a product endorsement contract.

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1977 – The Who’s lawsuit against ex-managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp is settled with negotiations between Pete and Stamp at an office on Poland Street. Pete receives a $1-million settlement of his U.S. copyrights to date and The Who gain rights to all their recordings from “Substitute” on. MCA also agrees to pay for the cost of writing a screenplay for Quadrophenia. During the settlement Pete learns that lawyer Allan Klein permanently owns a piece of his song copyrights as a result of the 1966 settlement with Decca Records. Pete who loathes Klein, is appalled by the news.

1977 – Pete and Chris Stamp go clubbing at The Speakeasy where they catch some of John Otway’s performance. Later that night Paul Cook and Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols stop by. Mistaking them for Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious, Pete huddles with them at their table and tells them The Sex Pistols will have to carry the “rock ‘n’ roll banner” as The Who are finished. Instead of the snarled response he expects, the two Pistols express their admiration for The Who and declare they don’t want them to break up. Pete and the Pistols are snapped by a New Musical Express photographer who has punches thrown at him by a very inebriated Pete. Pete then tears up his million-dollar check, leaves The Speakeasy and passes out in the gutter where a policeman who recognizes him brings him around. The bobby explains that if he can get up and go home, he won’t have to arrest him. Pete will later write the events of this night into the first verse of the song “Who Are You.”

2003 – A radio ad begins airing in the U.K. with Roger urging pensioners to help young people. It uses a few seconds of “My Generation.”