Today in Whostory: 2/17/2020

1963 – The Detours start regular Sunday bookings, afternoons at the Douglas House in Bayswater. These gigs require them to play country & western music and now with no lead vocalist, The Detours rope in ‘Gabby’ Connolly from the Bel-Airs to handle the C&W vocals while Roger handles the R&B.

1963 – The Detours play an evening gig at the White Hart Hotel in Acton

1966 – The Who play Club A’Gogo in Newcastle

1967 – Who manager Chris Stamp moves The Who’s New York business office into the same building housing Premier Talent

1968 – The Who play the Faculty of Technology Union in Manchester

1973 – The New Seekers’ cover “Pinball Wizard/See Me, Feel Me” hits the U.S. charts. It ultimately reaches #29 in Billboard, #21 in Cash Box and #16 in Britain.

1974 – The Who play the Parc des Expositions in Toulouse, France

1978 – A solo single by Roger, “Say It Ain’t So Joe” backed with “The Prisoner” is scheduled for release in the U.K. but is cancelled. It is released in the rest of Europe backed with “Parade” or “One of the Boys”.

1984 – Roger’s first solo album for WEA Records, Parting Should Be Painless, is released in the U.K. The title, based on a similar song title on the album, seems to be a comment on Pete’s recent departure from The Who. The contents, which show Roger going in a “new wave” direction, do little to please the critics. Wayne King in Record calls it disappointing while Colin Irwin in Melody Maker says it has all the “zest of caterpillar.” The album does not make the charts.

1996 – The John Entwistle band play in Louisville at Toy Tiger

1996 – The John Entwistle Band play Toy Tiger in Louisville, Kentucky

2000 – Roger Daltrey does a live chat on AOL to promote BBC Sessions. He says he has written “four or five songs” for the “next two Who albums” and that The Who will be touring that summer.

2000 – Pete says in his cyberdiary that he is heading over to John Entwistle’s house for some “final Who overdubs.”

2002 – Pete quietly updates a diary entry to say that the plan to turn Quadrophenia into an onstage musical “has ground to a halt.”

2004 – Roger appears on the Steve Wright show on Radio 2 discussing the upcoming Teenage Cancer Trust shows.

2005 – Roger participates in the Rock n’ Roll Fantasy Camp in Los Angeles through the 21st. In addition to performing with the attendees at the House of Blues, Roger also agrees to help attendee and Who fan Kamesh Nagarajan propose to his girlfriend on stage.

2010 – Roger is back in London, introducing a revived Depeche Mode at the Royal Albert Hall Teenage Cancer Trust concert.

2013 – The Who play the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio

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