November 26, 2020

Today in Whostory: 3/19/2020

1964 – The Who play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1965 – The Who play the Public Baths in Royston

1965 – The Who are scheduled to return to IBC Studios for another bit of recording but there is no record of any tracks recorded at this time.

1966 – The Who play King’s Hall in Stoke-on-Trent

1966 – Melody Maker carries an article titled “Who’s record row still rages” and they talk to Keith. The new bridegroom denies he is married.

1966 – Disc magazine reports, over Keith’s denials, rumors that he will marry Ready Steady GO! dancer Sandra Serjeant. By an incredible coincidence Sandra is actually dating The Small Faces’ keyboardist Ian McLagan who will ultimately wed Kim Moon after her divorce from Keith.

1970 – The Who tape their mimed performance to a new recording of “The Seeker” for Top Of The Pops at BBC Television Centre, London. This version is later released on the Best Buy bonus disc of BBC Sessions. John said he forced a re-shoot after the director did not include a shot of him in the first take

1970 – Bobby Shad and the Bad Men release their album A 65-Piece Rock Workshop featuring a cover of “Pinball Wizard” You can listen to it on youtube here

1971 – The Who attend a Humble Pie concert at the Fillmore East.

1972 – Keith, who never learned how to drive, returns to his home from The Sgt. Pepper Club in Staines, driving his AC 428 (Fastback) car at 140 mph through three fences, skidding on through farm land and ultimately stopping four feet short of a reservoir.

1972 – The Who appear on the cover of the Observer, recreating their famous 1966 cover. It also features an article entitled “Who’s Still Who”

1973 – Pete records Jon Otway and Wild Willy Barrett performing “Bluey Green (Dreams of You)”. Listen to the song on youtube here

1975 – Tommy: The Movie has its Los Angeles premiere at Mann’s Wilshire Theater. Pete, Keith, John, Ann-Margret, Tina Turner, Elton John and Robert Stigwood attend. All are interviewed by David Frost for an ABC Wide World Special. Other celebrities interviewed by Army Archerd going into the theater or the afterwards party held at the Studio One Club include Paul and Linda McCartney, Ron Wood, Kenney Jones, Sally Kellerman, Dean Martin, Tommy Smothers and Ryan and Tatum O’Neal.

1976 – The Who were scheduled to play the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado but was postponed until March 30 due to transportation issues caused by snowstorms.

1980 – Pete is filmed miming to “Rough Boys” for the Kenny Everett Video Show accompanied by Kenney Jones

1983 – Pete’s first album of demos, Scoop is released. A single from the album, “Bargain”$*$ backed with “Dirty Water,” is released in the U.S. Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, Audio and People magazine praise the album with the latter calling Scoop the equivalent of a writer’s notebooks. Melody Maker, Creem and High Fidelity all blast Scoop with the latter calling it “an excruciating ego trip.” In the U.S. it peaks at #35 but in Britain it fails to chart.

1999 – Pete Townshend goes on British VH-1 to pick his Top Ten Videos. They are “Wonderwall” by Oasis “Outside” by George Micheal “Kashmir” by Puff Daddy/Jimmy Page “Go West” by the Pet Shop Boys “Teardrop” by Massive Attack “Teardrop Girl” by Tori Amos “Parklife” by Blur “Virtual Insanity” by Jamiroquai “Like a Prayer” by Madonna and “Shiny Happy People” by REM.

2003 – Roger attends the funeral for his friend, the British pop star Adam Faith

2005 – The For The Record special with Roger being interviewed by Harvey Goldsmith recorded in January airs on the UK cable channel The Performance Channel

2011 – Roger previews his upcoming live Tommy performance at the O2 Academy in Bournemouth. Oddly enough, this is Roger’s first solo concert in the U.K. other than at a Who convention

2016 – The Who play the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey

2019 – Roger and Pete hold a press conference at Wembley Stadium to announce their July 9, 2019 concert

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