October 24, 2021

Today in Whostory: 10/14/2021

1964 – The High Numbers perform at the Town Hall in Greenwich

1964 – Pete’s song “It Was You” is sold to Dick James Publishing with Eula Parker and Barry Gray receiving 25 percent each and a credit for co-authorship on future releases. Pete’s father Cliff signs for him. The songwriter’s address is given as 30 Disraeli Road, Ealing WS.
Learn more about this song here
You can listen to The Naturals perform “It Was You” on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bczhknwDxd4

1965 – The Who play the Skating Rink in Cambourne, Cornwall

1966 – The Who play Queens Hall in Leeds

1966 – The Who record “My Generation/Land of Hope and Glory” at IBC Studios

1967 – Billboard magazine carries a small ad for “I Can See For Miles”

1967 – New Musical Express reviews “I Can See For Miles” backed with “Someone’s Coming”. “The boys ternate an ear-shattering wall of sound — with penetrating rasping guitars, heavy-handed drumming and constant cymbal-crashing, and Pete Townshend’s vocal riding smoothly above the all-happening backing”

1967 – Melody Maker runs an interview with Pete where he lauds U.S. audiences for the positive reception they gave The Who. Another article lists Keith among the “magnificent seven” of drummers.

1967 – “I Can See For Miles” backed with “Someone’s Coming” is released in Britain. Pete had held the song back for over a year until The Who would need a surefire #1 hit single. Incredibly, this masterful recording ends up tying with “Anyway Anyhow Anywhere” as the poorest charting to date of The Who’s official U.K. singles, peaking at #10.

1969 – The Who play the CNE Coliseum in Toronto, Canada

1971 – Rolling Stone features a article titled “Performance” by Jon Landau talking about the changes in Rock concerts

1971 – The Daily Mirror carries an ad for this weeks Melody Maker which features an article by Pete (we’ll cover the story on Melody Maker’s published date (the 16th))

1974 – Keith is interviewed in Los Angeles for the third of a four-part interview program with The Who for BBC Radio 1.

1976 – The Who play the Center Coliseum in Seattle, Washington

1978 – Pete is interviewed for the first time since Keith’s death in Melody Maker. He mentions Kenny Jones among several other drummers as potential replacements for Keith, how he wants to add keyboards and brass to The Who, and how it will be necessary to lower their on-stage sound to protect his hearing. This same issue also features a report on the filming of Quadrophenia titled “It’s [still] a mod, mod, mod world”.

1996 – The Who play the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington

1998 – The John Entwistle Band play Wilbert’s Bar & Grille in Cleveland, Ohio

2011 – Roger plays at The Midland in Kansas City, Missouri