Today in Whostory: 3/22/2020

1963 – The Detours play the Grand Ballroom in Broadstairs

1965 – Manager Kit Lambert receives a letter stating that their April 15, 1965 gig at the Locarno Ballroom, Swindon has been canceled because the Promoter has had a lot of trouble lately and he feels that THE WHO are not the type of Group that would go well in his Ballroom. A copy of this document later appears included in Live At Leeds

Incidentally, they did find another show for the cancelled date…they played the Victoria Ballroom in Chesterfield on April 15

1965 – The Who play Parr Hall in Warrington, Lancashire

1968 – The Who play the Curtis Hixon Hall in Tampa, Florida

1968 – Go magazine reports “The Who make anti-smoking commercial” about “Little Billy.” Go also says The Who’s fall TV series will play on the BBC, will be an hour-long and The Monkees, Bob Dylan and Lulu have been scheduled as guests.

1969 – Pinball Wizard,” again backed with “Dogs Part 2,” is released in the U.S. It comes in a black-and-white picture sleeve that declares it is a selection from the forthcoming opera “Tommy (1914-1984).” This is the first public mention that the opera known up to this time as “Deaf Dumb and Blind Boy,” has been retitled Tommy. The single will peak at #19 in Billboard and #15 in Cash Box again the first Top Twenty hit in the U.S. for The Who in two years.
Billboard carries a full page ad for the new single

1969 – Pete tries to ward off criticism of his new work in an interview in New Musical Express.

1975 – Billboard magazine carries a review of “Tommy – Original Soundtrack”

1975 – John and his band The Ox play Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois supporting J. Geils Band and James Cotton

1976 – Pete goes to a doctor to discover the cause of painful ringing keeping him up at night. He is told that there is no cure, only treatment, for his tinnitus and, if he continues to subject himself to the volumes associated with The Who, he will lose his hearing completely within a few years

1978 – Keith Moon and his girlfriend Annette attend the London premiere of Saturday Night Fever. Keith makes headlines when he plants a kiss on fellow attendee Joyce McKinney, then infamous for allegedly kidnapping her Mormon boyfriend.

1980 – New Musical Express reports that Pete’s only copy of the script of Lifehouse was accidentally sent to record producer Nick Lowe instead of film director Nicholas Roeg. Lowe threw the script in the trash but it was later retrieved and returned to Pete

1986 – The third single from Pete’s solo album White City “Second Hand Love” backed with “White City Fighting ” is released in the U.S. It fails to chart.

1986 – Roger appears on the British show “No. 79” performing “Don’t Talk to Strangers” and “Under a Raging Moon”.

1996 – The John Entwistle Band play at The Tralf in Buffalo, New York

1997 – Roger performs in a studio in Vienna. His image is sent to outdoor screens where Jean-Michael Jarre accompanies his singing. Also taking part are The Spice Girls and Supertramp.

1997 – Roger appears on the German TV show Wetten-dass where he pereforms an acoustic version of “My Generation” then smashes the guitar

1999 – The New York Daily News announces that Pete is intending to bring Psychoderelict to Broadway

2003 – Roger is interviewed in The Mirror. He speaks about John’s death saying, “He should have been a Hard Rock exhibit. In Vegas, mummified in bed. That would have been the ultimate Entwistle ending. Oh God, he’d have loved that!”

2004 – The Who play the London Forum in Kentish Town, London

2005 – The John Entwistle 2-CD compilation “John Entwistle: So Who’s The Bass Player? The Ox Anthology” is released

2005 – Gibson Guitars issues only 75 of the “Pete Townshend LP Deluxe”, a copy of the guitar played by Pete at the end of The Kids Are Alright

2006 – Pete premieres two more songs destined for Endless Wire on In The Attic, “A Man In A Purple Dress” and “2000 Years”

2007 – The Who play the Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas

2011 – Pete Townshend is photographed for Intelligent Life magazine in London, England

2015 – The Who play the O2 Arena in London

2018 – Roger Daltrey performs at The Royal Albert Hall as part of the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts