November 29, 2020

Today in Whostory: 3/27/2020

1964 – The first pirate radio station, Radio Caroline, begins broadcasting. Situated on ships in the ocean around the U.K., pirate stations play the hard rock & roll and rhythm & blues that are not played on the BBC.

1964 – The Who play the Goldhawk Social Club

1965 – The Who play the Rhodes Centre in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire with opening act The Cops N Robbers

1966 – The Who play Marine Ballroom on the Central Pier in Morecambe

1967 – The Who play the RKO Radio Theater, New York, New York

1967 – Pete Townshend is interviewed by John Kriedl for Crawdaddy magazine. Photos by Peter Simon

1968 – The Who play the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Opening for them is The Troggs making their North American debut.

1969 – The Who record a mimed performance of “Pinball Wizard” for a Top Of The Pops broadcast later that evening. They are paid £30 for their work but get some publicity photos out of it, taken by Harry Goodwin

1972 – Pete pre-records his appearance on the BBC1 TV programme “How Can You Be So Sure?”

1974 – The BBC airs a Keith interview recorded on the 21st on the Film Night program

1975 – Roger and Ken Russell tape their appearances on the Russell Harty show. Roger talks about wanting to go out on the road with the “‘orrible ‘oo” while Russell declares only The Who can lift England from its “weird, feeble state.” It is broadcast the following evening and clips are used in The Kids Are Alright.

1976 – The Who play the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, California

1980 – The Who play the Grugahalle in Essen, Germany

1982 – Roger’s solo collection Best Bits enters the U.S. charts. Two new songs appear on the album, “Martyrs and Madmen” and “Treachery.” It peaks at #185 in the U.S. charts.

1982 – Roger’s solo collection Best Bits enters the U.S. charts. Two new songs appear on the album, “Martyrs and Madmen” and “Treachery.” It peaks at #185 in the U.S. charts

1984 – Pete accompanies T.S. Eliot’s widow Valerie to the opening night of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical Starlight Express. Both of them agree with critics, finding it appalling. The musical is extensively re-written after the premiere

1994 – The New York Times Magazine in advance of the release of the 30 Years Of Maximum R&B boxset carries an article on The Who

1999 – Dell Computers premiers a TV ad in the U.S. featuring “Magic Bus

2003 – Pete writes a diary entry about mixing the Tommy album into 5.1 surround sound for later release on DVD-A and SACD formats

2006 – Roger hosts on stage on the first night of a series of concerts and events in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, London, England

2017 – The Who are in rehearsals for their upcoming shows at the Royal Albert Hall

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