October 28, 2021

Today in Whostory: 12/16/2020

1964 – The U.S. magazine Variety prints a review of “I Can’t Explain” / “Bald Headed Woman” single.

1964 – The Who play at The Florida Rooms in Brighton

1965 – The Who play the Town Hall in Kidderminster, Worcestershire

1966 – The Who go into Ryemuse Sound Studios to record backing tracks for “Please Don’t Touch” and “I’m a Boy” for use on the last episode of Ready, Steady GO! called appropriately Ready Steady GOES!. The vocal and mimed performance is videotaped at Studio One in Wembley on the 20th. The show, broadcast in London on the 23rd, is the last for the revolutionary pop music showcase. “Please Don’t Touch” was a hit by Johnny Kidd and the Pirates 8 years earlier. Kidd had died in a car accident on October 8th.

1967 – Eric Burdon & The Animals song “Monterey” hits the U.S. charts. The Who are mentioned in the lyrics: “The Who exploded into fire and light”You can listen to the song on YouTube here

1967 – The Who are miming to “I Can See For Miles” for the pre-recorded Christmas edition of Top Of The Pops.

1967 – Disc magazine has an interview with Who managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp where they discuss a planned Who film, a “black comedy,” to be released the next year. There are also plans for a monthly Who comic book with The Who vs. their managers, “Mr. Soupuss and Mr. Killjoy.” Neither of these blue-sky ideas come to anything.

1967 – Billboard and Cashbox magazines carry an ad for “The Who Sell Out”

1967 – Melody Maker carries a review of The Who Sell Out entitled “The Who sell out – and how”

1969 – The Who record their appearance on “Pop Goes The Sixties”

1970 – The Who play the Futurist Theatre in Scarborough, Yorkshire

1972 – The Who appear on the cover of New Musical Express and Melody Maker

1978 – Alice Cooper’s album From The Inside is released. The inside gatefold shows an insane asylum with the words “Inmates From The Memory Of Moonie.”

1978 – Billboard magazine carries a story entitled “MCA Who Picture LP Sales Near 60,000 Sets” by Paul Grein

1979 – The Who play the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts

1980 – Roger and Kenney Jones visit Chiswick Family Rescue Home. The group announced they are to give a Charity Concert at London’s Rainbow Theatre in aid of the home, run by Erin Pizzey for battered wives and children.

1982 – The Who play the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

1983 – Pete releases a statement declaring he is breaking up The Who. “I will not be making any more records with The Who. It’s already been stated that our tour of America in 1982 was our last, and I can now add that I will not perform live again anywhere in the world with The Who. “

Roger, John and Kenney have nothing to do with the statement and afterwards express shock and anger at Pete’s decision and the idea that he could break up the group on his own. “It was a wonderful Christmas present,” Roger tells the press, sarcastically.

2019 – Variety magazine reports The Who sold 96,200 album units of “Who”.

The article can be found here

“The Who’s “Who” found an audience after the band’s long time away from recording with 96,200 album units, with an overwhelming 91,800 of that coming in actual album sales — far and away the week’s biggest album seller. Song sales for the rockers amounted to just 1,400 and song streams were on the low side at 770,000.”