October 24, 2021

Today in Whostory: 10/05/2021

1964 – The High Numbers perform at the Corn Exchange in Rochester, Kent

1968 – The Who play The Roundhouse in Chalk Farm, London. Blossom Toes and the Fox opened.

1972 – Keith and Pete attend a press party at the Europa Hotel in London to announce that The Who have sponsored a race car in the RAC Daily Mirror Rally of Great Britain. They are photographed on the hood of the car pouring champagne for two bikini-clad models.

1973 – “5.15,” from the new album Quadrophenia, is released in the U.K. The flip side is a 1970 studio recording of “Water” that John had recently mixed for the Odds and Sods project. Roy Carr in New Musical Express calls it the “most dynamic single of the year” while Chris Welch in Melody Maker say it “sounds a lot like The Stones, vocals aside.” The single will ultimately reach #20 on the charts.

1973 – Pete is interviewed about his involvement in the recently released Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert LP on BBC Radio 1’s Rockspeak.

1974 – Billboard magazine carries a full page ad for Keith’s “Don’t Worry Baby”

1974 – Record Mirror magazine features a review of “Odds and Sods”

1974 – Radio Times features Pete on the cover and an article titled “Who is Tommy”

1974 – This date is declared to be “Who Day” on the BBC as Radio 1 broadcasts the first of four 20 minute long weekly interviews with each band member called Who’s Who and BBC2-TV’s shows selections from The Who’s 18 May concert at Charlton on 2nd House. This show also features an interview with Pete conducted by Melvin Bragg that is later used in the movie The Kids Are Alright.

1978 – Rolling Stone magazine features The Who on the cover with a story titled “The Who Come To a Fork In The Road” by Dave Marsh You can read it here

1979 – The Kids Are Alright soundtrack album is certified platinum (1 million in sales) in the U.S. by the RIAA.

1979 – The Quadrophenia Soundtrack is released. It features 2 sides of Quadrophenia tracks remixed by John, a third side of additional songs recorded by The Who for the movie along with the first official LP release of “Zoot Suit”, and a fourth side of favorite Mod records. Richard Williams pans the record in Melody Maker, but John Swenson in Rolling Stone says he prefers the new mixes. His opinion is shared by many Who fans. The LP reaches #23 in Britain, and #46 in the U.S.

1982 – The Who play the first of two nights at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois

1985 – Roger’s solo single, the Pete-penned “After the Fire” backed with “It Don’t Satisfy Me” hits the U.K. charts. It will peak at #50.

2002 – The Hollywood Reporter reports Pete Townshend signs a global publishing deal with BMG. They will sub-publish his recent and new solo material, as well as much of the catalog of The Who and writers who sign with Pete’s Eel Pie Publishing firm.

2005 – Pete appears on the 3rd episode of Rachel Fuller’s “In The Attic” webcast

2006 – The Who play the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada