Today in Whostory: 3/20/2020

1965 – Pete tells Melody Maker that The Who’s next single will be “You Don’t Have To Jerk”. The Who may have recorded it, but no copy has surfaced to date.

1965 – The Who play the Goldhawk Social Club in London

1965 – The Who brush up on their Detroit sound by attending the Motown Show to see Martha and the Vandellas, The Supremes, The Miracles, Little Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames.

1965 – Pop Weekly features an article titled “Bright Outlook For Two Groups” featuring The Who

1966 – The Observer Sunday Colour Supplement runs The Who as their cover story.

1970 – “The Seeker” backed with “Here for More” is released in Britain and reaches #19 in the charts. Derek Johnson in New Musical Express says, “The sound here is as heavy as you could wish for, but blended with the most artistic and delightful musicianship.” The Beatles, mentioned in the lyrics, break up three weeks later.

1971 – John Peel’s Top Gear show broadcasts the “Freaks” music, featuring Keith, recorded on the 2nd.

1973 – Pete records his demo for “Is It Me? (Sorry for Me, Sorry for Him)” Listen to it on youtube here

1975 – John and his band The Ox play Chicago’s Aire Crown Theater opening for Joe Walsh

1975 – Roger’s daughter, Willow Amber, is born at Pembury Hospital, Kent

1976 – A year after the release of Tommy: The Movie, Elton John’s cover of “Pinball Wizard” from the soundtrack enters the British charts. It ultimately peaks at #7

1981 – Face Dances is released in the U.S.

1986 – John is interviewed outside of his home

1990 – The Who’s Better Who’s Best video is certified gold by the RIAA.

2001 – LynnMarie releases her CD SqueezeBox appropriately featuring a cover of “Squeeze Box”. You can listen to it on youtube here

2002 – The Alex Skolnick Trio releases the CD Goodbye to Romance: Standards for a New Generation with a jazz trio cover of “Pinball Wizard”You can listen to it on youtube here

2006 – The Kids Are Alright movie is released by Sanctuary in UMD format for the Playstation

2007 – Triggerfinger releases their live CD Faders Up featuring a cover of “Boris The Spider”

2008 – Tony Martino releases his CD Follow That Dream featuring a cover of “I Can See for Miles” You can listen to it on youtube here

2012 – Roger plays at Teatro Comunale in Florence

2012 – Luminate releases The Covers EP. One of the songs covered is “Let My Love Open the Door”

2013 – The first night of the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts, this year organized by Noel Gallagher, Roger comes out to start off that evening’s festivities

2013 – Brazilian singer Blubell appears on the show Estúdio Showlivre performing an acoustic cover of “My Generation”. It is later released on the album Estúdio Showlivre: Blubell

2014 – Roger along with Wilco Johnson attends “An Evening With Suggs and Friends” for Pancreatic Cancer UK at the Porchester Hall

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