December 1, 2021

Today in Whostory: 3/07/2020

1963 – The Detours play Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1964 – The Who play a wedding reception for Joan Wilson whose brother had played drums with the Detours in 1963. The reception was held at Old Oak Common Institute in Shepherd’s Bush, London.

1964 – The Who play Mead Hall in Ealing.

1966 – The Who mime to “Substitute” on “The Scene at 6:30”

1966 – Shel Talmy and the Brunswick label releases the first of their “spoiler” singles, “A Legal Matter” backed with the Talmy-produced version of “Circles,” also re-titled “Instant Party.”

1969 – “Pinball Wizard,” the first new recording from The Who in seven months is released in Britain. The b-side is the Keith Moon-credited instrumental “Dogs Part 2,” although the single also lists Towser and Jason, Pete and John’s dogs, respectively as authors. The single The Who’s first to be released in stereo will ultimately reach #4 The Who’s first big hit in two years.

1975 – John and his band The Ox play Boston’s Orpheum Theater

1975 – Pete records a 2 1/2 hour radio special for BBC Radio 1’s Rock Week previewing the soundtrack to Tommy: The Movie

1981 – The Who play the Birmingham International Arena in Birmingham, West Midlands

1981 – Pete is interviewed on “Parkinson” on the BBC.

1981 – Roger and Kenney Jones appear on the British television children’s show Tiswas in a segment called “Compost Corner” portraying flowers, dressed in green leotards with petals framing their faces. Afterward they are interviewed.

1987 – Pete’s second collection of his demos Another Scoop is released to generally poor reviews. It peaks in the U.S. at #198. Released at the same time is a promo single of “Ask Yourself” backed with “Brooklyn Kids.”

1988 – The compilation Who’s Better Who’s Best is released in Britain as a CD and a single vinyl LP disc. It peaks at #10.

1998 – Pete Townshend’s daughter Emma is interviewed by The Telegraph in an article on children of famous rockers. Speaking of her newly released CD, she says, “I was going to call the album Whose Baby or Papa was a Rolling Stone, but that’s probably laying the irony on a bit thick.”

2006 – The CD “Edge of the World” by Tipton, Entwistle & Powell is released. It features 1996 archival recordings with John Entwistle

2006 – “Roger Daltrey Gold” is released in the U.S

2008 – The compilation CD 20th Century Masters: The Who is awarded Platinum status by the RIAA.

2012 – Roger is interviewed on Steve Wright in the Afternoon on BBC Radio 2 about the Teenage Cancer Trust

2016 – The Who play the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts