Today in Whostory: 3/18/2020

1963 – The Detours play the White Hart Hotel in Acton

1965 – Excerpts from six numbers performed by The Who at The Marquee Club on February 16 appear on a French Television programme called Seize Millions de Jeunes on ORTF TV 2. It is part of documentary about Mods shot by two French acquaintances of Chris Stamp.

1965 – A scheduled appearance that day at the Civic Hall in Crawley is postponed until April 18th

1966 – The Who do some television to promote their new single appearing on Granada television on Ready Steady Go!

1966 – The Who play The Locarno Ballroom in Basildon

1966 – Publicist Keith Altman has an article in the NME called “Who are going ’round in Circles” that says that, after the now printed copies of “Substitute” have been sold, it will again be replaced, this time by a shorter version recorded for the American market. This does not happen in the U.K. and the shortened version, with “I try walking forward but my feet walk back” in place of “I look all white but my dad was black”, is subsequently released only in the U.S., Canada, South Africa and Rhodesia.

1966 – The Who are filmed miming to “I Can’t Explain,” “Bald Headed Woman” and “Substitute” at Tower Pier, London for Dick Clark’s ABC-TV U.S. program Where The Action Is.

1966 – The Birds with guitarist Ron Wood record two takes of Pete’s “Run Run Run” but neither are released until 1999 on the album “The Birds ‎– The Collector’s Guide To Rare British Birds”. You can listen to it on youtube here

1967 – The Who play the Forum Cinema in Devonport, Devon

1967 – “Happy Jack” backed with “Whiskey Man” is finally released in the U.S. It becomes The Who’s first stateside hit, reaching #24 in the Billboard charts and #13 in Cash Box.

Billboard magazine runs a full page ad for the single

1967 – New Musical Express prints a Track Records press release that says The Who plan to release a series of EP’s on Track

1967 – Lambert and Stamp release the first record on their label Track Records. Oddly enough, it isn’t a Who record, but rather “Purple Haze” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. It goes all the way to #3.

1969 – John and Keith are interviewed by Stuart Harvey at the BBC’s Paris Studios for Radio 1 Club

1969 – The Who rehearse Tommy at the BBC’s Paris Studios.

1971 – The Who record “Getting In Tune” and “Behind Blue Eyes.”

1972 – Billboard magazine gives a thumbs-down to a production of Tommy in Los Angeles. In the same issue they report that “Let’s See Action” has reached #8 in Poland

1973 – Keith is rushed to St. Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey after a “magic wand gun” he is playing with fires a pellet, striking him in the chest.

1975 – Tommy: The Movie has its world premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater. A morning press conference is attended by all the movie’s stars except Oliver Reed, Jack Nicholson and Roger and Ken Russell who are in England working on Lisztomania. The film receives a standing ovation despite occasional sound problems. Afterwards The Who and celebrities attend a midnight party designed by new Hollywood hotshot Allan Carr in a sealed-off section of a New York subway station located under the IND Station at 57th Street and Sixth Avenue

1976 – The Who play the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah

1978 – John provides a survey of budget-priced bass guitars in New Musical Express.

1978 – Pete’s solo track “Keep Me Turning” backed with Ronnie Lane’s “Nowhere To Run,” pulled from their album Rough Mix, released in the U.S. as a single. It fails to chart

1978 – John provides a survey of budget-priced bass guitars in New Musical Express

1978 – Pete makes his first appearance on London Weekend Television’s The South Bank Show discussing his interest in country & western music with Melvyn Bragg.

1997 – Pete Townshend testifies as an expert witness in a court case concerning a saxophonist who is suing for loss of her performing ability after being forced underwater for three minutes during a river barge accident. Pete gets in an argument with the defence barrister when he says Pete is “known as a man who gilds the lily, as a man whose statements do not always tie to the fact of the matter.”

1997 – Bile releases their CD Biledegradable with an industrial-rock version of “My Generation.

You can listen to it on YouTube here

1998 – The British press reports that, in response to former Take That singer Gary Barlow banning anglers from fishing on his estate, Roger opens his trout fish hatchery for their enjoyment.

2002 – Roger gives a surprise performance at The Joint in Los Angeles backed by a band consisting of The Rolling Stones’ backup singer Bernard Fowler, guitarists Waddy Wachtel and Jack Tempchin, drummer Phil Jones, bassist Rick Rosas and vocalist Terry Reid. Roger sings “The Kids Are Alright” and “Stand By Me.” Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson are in the audience.

2004 – The Who begin rehearsals for their upcoming live shows. Video and audio are streamed live over Pete’s website

2004 – Mario Martin Zelaya releases his CD Sorcery and Beer with an acoustic guitar cover of “I Can See For Miles”

2012 – Roger plays at Teatro Rossetti in Trieste

2013 – The German electronic act Atom™ releases the album HD with an electronica cover of “My Generation”. You can listen to it here

2016 – Pete and Roger attend the opening of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s new Teen and Young Adult space “The Lounge at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center” in New Your City

2016 – Simon Townshend is interviewed for the “On the Roof” webcast

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