Today in Whostory: 2/16/2020

1965 – The Who play The Marquee Club in London where they are filmed for French television performing “Heatwave”, “Tell Me More”, “Shout and Shimmy” and “Smokestack Lightning”. The footage is later broadcast on the ORTF TV 2 program Seize Millions De Jeunes March 18. Pete and manager Kit Lambert are both interviewed, the latter in French. Sticking to English, Pete expresses his doubts about marriage and mocks religious belief.

1968 – The Who play the University in Sheffield with the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band opening.

1973 – Billy Nicholls’ “Forever’s No Time At All” backed with “This Song Is Green,” is released by Track in the U.K. The A-side was previously released on Pete’s solo album Who Came First and is the only single released from that album. It features Pete on synthesized flute. The B-side credits Pete as recording engineer. The single fails to chart.

1974 – A reception is organized by Polydor Records in Paris, in the Palace Hotel Georges V, where The Who receive gold discs for Quadrophenia.

1974 – Melody Maker carries an article entitled “Who La La” by Steve Lake. It’s a review of The WHo’s recent show in Paris

1978 – Keith Moon and his girlfriend Annette attend the London premiere of ABBA: The Movie

1991 – Ex-Bangles member Susanna Hoffs’ CD When You’re A Boy hits the U.S. charts. It features a cover of David Bowie’s “Boys Keep Swinging” with John Entwistle on bass. You can listen to it on youtube here

1996 – The John Entwistle band play in Pittsburgh at the Metropole

1996 – The John Entwistle Band play The Metropole in Pittsburgh

1997 – The Laurence Olivier Awards are handed out. Tommy wins for Outstanding Musical Production, Des McAnuff for Best Director, Chris Parry for Best Lighting Designer and Tim Hatley for Best Set Designer.

2001 – Pete publishes a letter he wrote to Mojo magazine in response to his mentioning that Kit Lambert, Brian Epstein and Robert Stigwood were gay in an article he had written the previous month about a 1967 meeting with John Lennon. In the letter he says that Who manager Kit Lambert never approached him sexually even when they were sharing a flat but that Robert Stigwood did. He also admits that, before his involvement with his future wife Karen Astley, he had doubts about his own sexual preferences

2004 – The Old Grey Whistle Test, Vol. 3 DVD is released in the U.K. It has new Roger interview and his 1973 performance of “Giving It All Away.

2008 – Roger Daltrey writes for about his current campaign with other British performing artists to extend performance rights payments beyond 50 years to 95 years.

2013 – The Who play the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky