November 26, 2020

Today in Whostory: 4/07/2019

1963 – The Detours play in Bayswater at Douglas House

1965 – The Who play the Dacorum College of Further Education in Hemel, Hempstead, Hertfordshire

1966 – The Who tele-record an appearance miming “Substitute” for Top of the Pops

1967 – o mixes of “Pictures of Lily” and “Doctor, Doctor” were completed at Ryemuse Sound

1967 – er is interviewed for the BBCs German Service show “Hit ’67”

1967 – The Who, minus a tardy Keith, fly to Essen, Germany with their Track Records’ up-and-coming act John’s Children (featuring Marc Bolan on guitar) to serve as opening act. Also accompanying them are Pete’s friends Richard Stanley and Chris Morphet, hired to shoot promotional footage of the German tour.

1967 – The Who are at Pye Studio No. 2

1968 – The Who play the CNE Coliseum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1969 – The Who play in London

1975 – Pete demos “Girl in a Suitcase” which is rejected for the next Who album. The demo later surfaces on Pete’s 1987 LP Another Scoop. Other demos recorded around this time which don’t make it to the new Who album are “To Barney Kessell” and “Brrr”, later released on Pete’s 1985 album Scoop, “Ordinary Fella”, “Fight Until You’re Mine”, and an unnamed 12-bar boogie track.

1977 – Roger appears on Radio 1’s Rock On

1979 – John holds the first recording session for a new solo album that will emerge over two years later as Too Late The Hero

1981 – Kit Lambert dies at the age of 45, nine days short of reaching exactly the same age his father, composer Constant Lambert, reached before he died.

1984 – The Who fanzine The Relay publishes an interview with Roger about the end of The Who. Roger says Pete “made a very big mistake” breaking up The Who and adds “you can only take so much of being treated like a turd.” He says he hates Dave Marsh’s Who book Before I Get Old, describing it as “a great, fat book as big as a Bible mostly comprised of lies.” He also says Richard Barnes’ book The Who: Maximum R&B is “dreadful.” Dave Marsh is interviewed in the same issue and calls the It’s Hard song “I’ve Known No War” a “despicable piece of s***.”

1985 – You magazine in The Mail on Sunday reports that Pete is currently writing “a book about working in sheds.”

2002 – The Sunday Times Home section has Roger on the cover in front of his own home

2004 – Roger receives a lifetime achievement award for The Who at the Capitol Radio Awards in London

2004 – The group Recliner releases their CD Make a Friend featuring a cover of “The Kids Are Alright”

2005 – An exhibit called “Tommy: The Amazing Journey” opens at the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Pete supplies materials.

2009 – Best Buy releases the exclusive 2CD-1DVD set Rachel Fuller Presents In The Attic with Pete Townshend and Friends.

2009 – The Sun reports that Karen Astley has applied for divorce proceedings against Pete, ending their 40-year marriage.

2017 – The Who play The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Lanarkshire

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