March 1, 2021

Today in Whostory: 11/21/2020

1948 – John “Rabbit” Bundrick is born in Baytown, Texas.

1963 – The Acton Gazette and Post prints an article called “The Detours are finding a way to fame. “ According to Detours fan club president Angela Dives, over thirty people have joined the Detours fan club and the number is growing fast.

1963 – The Detours play at the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1964 – The Who play The Ealing Club in Ealing, West London

1965 – “My Generation” hits the top of the charts, at least on the charts of the pirate radio station Radio London. Radio Caroline has it stalling at #2.

1967 – The Who begin their first headlining tour of the U.S. at the Civic Auditorium in Fargo, North Dakota with supporting act the Unbelievable Uglies. The Mayor of Fargo accuses the Who of inciting the teen audience with their instrument-destroying behavior and bans them from ever appearing there again.

1968 – The Who record an appearance for the BBC-1 children’s show Crackerjack where they perform “Magic Bus.” The show is broadcast the following day.

1970 – The Who return to Leeds University. Desperate for new material and trying not to supply the same show they recorded there in February, The Who cut more songs out of Tommy and replace them with covers of “Daddy Rolling Stone,” “Cinnamon Girl” and “Alright Now.” According to Record Collector magazine: “John Bisbrowne recalls Townshend telling the audience, “We are back here to pay our royalties,” an acknowledgement of the crowd participation that aided the live album. When the band were sent their £1,000 fee for playing on 14 February they forgot, or did not bother, to cash the cheque. It was paid again when they returned on this subsequent night.”

1973 – Keith spends his free day in Los Angeles sleeping in his hotel room for 10 hours.

1975 – The Who play the L.S.U. Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

1977 – Keith Moon takes Melody Maker journalist Chris Welch on a “punk rock pub crawl. “ They arrive at one of the major punk clubs, The Vortex, in Keith’s Rolls Royce. Spying the queue of punks waiting to get in, Keith berates them. “Call yourselves anarchists? I’ve never queued in my life! I’ll show you how to walk into a club! “ He promptly marches in past the bouncers to the punks’ cheers.

1977 – Keith takes Melody Maker journalist Chris Welch on a “punk rock pub crawl.” Accompanying them is Keith Altham, Bill Curbishley, Richard Dorse, and Billy Idol and Tony James of Generation X. They drive the short distance from the Marquee to the Vortex Club in Keith’s pink Rolls Royce. Spying the queue of punks waiting to get in, Keith berates them. “Call yourselves anarchists? I’ve never queued in my life! I’ll show you how to walk into a club!” He promptly marches in past the bouncers to the punks’ cheers.

1987 – Billboard carries an article entitled “Who Reunion Is Rumored For 25th Anniversary Tour”

1989 – Joseph Townshend is born to Karen and Pete.

2000 – Down By Law release a cover of “The Kids Are Alright” on their album Down By Law/Pseudo Heroes: Split.You can listen to it on YouTube here

2012 – The Who play the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada