October 24, 2021

Today in Whostory: 10/09/2021

1944 – John Alec Entwistle is born at Hammersmith Hospital in Acton.

1965 – The Who play the Market Hall in Carlisle

1968 – The Who hire a bus from Paris and are photographed on board with female models and a small menagerie of animals, all to promote their new single “Magic Bus”. Divested of the animals, the bus travels through London as The Who and the models toss streamers at passers-by. The trip runs into one snag when they are banned from riding in front of Buckingham Palace.

1970 – Track records releases “See Me Feel Me” backed with “Overture From Tommy” in Britain. Derek Johnson in New Musical Express says, “I’ve tipped it for a hit because it deserves to be one, but so many fans now own the LP, that this extract must be expected to miss out on a lot of sales.” He is correct as the single fails to chart in the U.K.

1971 – The Who play the Gymnasium at the University of Surrey in Guildford, Surrey

1971 – John’s first solo album Smash Your Head Against The Wall is finally released by Decca/MCA in the U.S. It peaks at #126

1971 – New Musical Express carries a rather sober interview with Keith about rock and drumming for The Who.

1973 – Keith’s father, Alfred “Nobby” Moon, dies of a heart attack at the age of 53.

1974 – John becomes the second member of The Who to turn 30. On this day he begins two weeks of intermittent recording at Wessex Studios, Highbury New Park, North London for his contribution to the comical concept album Flash Fearless versus the Zorg Women, Parts 5 & 6.

1976 – The Who play the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland California

1978 – Keith Moon’s ex-wife Kim marries former Small Faces member Ian McLagen at Wandsworth Register Office in South London. Keith’s mother attends the wedding.

1982 – The Who play CNE Stadium in Toronto, Joe Jackson opens.

1982 – Billboard magazine carries a short article titled “Schlitz Boosts Rock Role Who Tour Link” as well as a photo of Roger and Mick Jagger during the current tour

1984 – Pete alienates his left-wing friends by addressing a meeting of the Young Conservatives at a Tory Party conference where he discusses his addiction to heroin and the need for Margaret Thatcher’s Tory-led government to aid those trying to get off drugs.

1989 – The Who bring their 25th Anniversary extravaganza to England for the third of four performances at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, this being scheduled after the shows on the 6th and 7th were sold out.

1992 – Rhino Records releases a 4-CD set of recordings from the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival. It contains all of The Who’s performance.

1998 – The John Entwistle Band plays at Synergy in Chicago, Illinois

2007 – The Smithereens release the CD Christmas with The Smithereens featuring a cover of “Christmas”. You can listen to it on YouTube here

2012 – Pete Townshend’s autobiography Who I Am is published in the Australia

2012 – Pete is interviewed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

2012 – Pete is interviewed at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square by Jann Wenner

2016 – The Who play the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California

2019 – The Who play at Chase Center in San Francisco, California