November 23, 2020

Today in Whostory: 2/10/2020

1967 – The Who play the Gaiety Ballroom in Grimsby. Roger misses the show. Also part of the ballroom’s glass ceiling falls on the band during their set

1968 – The Who go back to work in their homeland playing a Valentine Ball at Essex University in Colchester, England. They are supported by The Shell Shock Show, Yum Yum Band and Exploding Orange.

1968 – The Amboy Dukes (featuring guitarist Ted Nugent) have their first album The Amboy Dukes hit the U.S. charts. It features a cover of “It’s Not True.” You can listen to it on youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmAaG5XMl9o

1968 – Rolling Stone magazine features a review of The Who Sell Out as well as an article entitled “Who Album Banned in New York”. They are also mentioned in regards to an upcoming appearance at the Fillmore Auditorium.

1969 – The Who go back into IBC Studio A for five more days of Tommy sessions.

1970 – The Who record and mix the second song written entirely by Roger, “Here For More,” at IBC Studio B in London for release as the B-side of “The Seeker.”

1971 – Pete Townshend and Frank Dunlop, the Young Vic’s artistic director, are reportedly photographed by the Evening Standard

1972 – The Who assemble at a studio in Blackfairs for Tony McGrath to shoot a recreation of their 1966 photo for a new cover article in The Observer. The issue is released 19 March

1973 – Pete tells Melody Maker he is suffering from writer’s block that is keeping him from finishing the Quadrophenia project. He also says that to record it properly, The Who may have to build its own studio; In addition, Pete says he does not think highly of Who’s Next and admits that the plots in his musical stories are often weak.

1974 – The Who play The Parc Des Expositions in Paris. The venue doors are opened eight hours before the show because of the crushing pressure of the crowd on the glass doors. The venue proves inadequate in another way. Three songs in The Who blow the electrical transformer. Fifteen minutes pass before new power can be found.

1979 – The Fabulous Poodles’ LP Mirror Stars hits the U.S. charts where it peaks at #61. “Work Shy”, “Mr. Mike”, “Roll Your Own” and “Cherchez la Femme” were recorded in June 1977 and were produced by John Entwistle. John also plays bass on “Mr. Mike” and “Cherchez la Femme”

You can listen to them on youtube here:
Mr. Mike: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UR5QKKDAMm8
“Cherchez la Femme”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXoeiXEBp4w

1979 – The Fabulous Poodles’ LP Mirror Stars hits the U.S. charts where it peaks at #61. Three songs, “Work Shy,” “Mr. Mike,” and “Cherchez La Femme,” all feature bass by John.

1986 – Roger presents Tears for Fears with the award for Best Single at the BRIT Awards in London

1991 – Roger is one of the presenters at the Brit Awards at the Dominion Theatre, London.

1998 – The John Entwistle Band hold a record signing at Tower Records in Los Angeles. They sell a limited edition CD single of “When The Sun Comes Up” from their forthcoming album Music From Van-Pires. Unfortunately rights issues delay the album for over two more years.

You can listen to the song on youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAyCYJgdAok

1998 – Who’s Serious: Symphonic Who by the London Philharmonic Orchestra is released. It features members of the Roger Daltrey’s band from 1994, including Zak Starkey and Simon Townshend

2004 – Pete puts a limited edition DVD of the film O Parvardigar for sale on his website. It features a surround sound mix of his song

2005 – The Sun reports that John Entwistle’s home Quarwood was bought by the Dutch tycoon Piet Pulford.

2012 – Dean Guitars introduces The John Entwistle Signature Spider bass guitar, complete with spider-web inlays and a strikingly unique angular design

2012 – Pete Townshend announces he has joined a campaign to save one of West London’s last remaining eel pie and mash shops. A. Cooke on the Goldhawk Road in White City was used as a filming location for the movie Quadrophenia. “I realise change is inevitable, but to think of Shepherd’s Bush without Cooke’s is inconceivable.” The protest comes to nothing and A. Cooke closes July 2015.

2013 – The Who play The Joint in Las Vegas, Nevada

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