Today in Whostory: 4/15/2020

1963 – The Detours play the White Hart Hotel in Acton

1965 – The Who play the Victoria Ballroom in Chesterfield, Derbyshire

1966 – The Who play the Fairfield Hall in Croydon, Surrey

1967 – The Who play Siegerlandhalle in Siegen

1967 – The Who play Rhein-Main Halle in Wiesbaden

1967 – Derek Johnson gets a sneak listen to The Who’s new single in New Musical Express: “It’s a job to get your teeth into the melody at the outset, but the frequently repeated chorus has a quick-to-register tune that you’ll all be whistling before long. It’s extremely well harmonised, employing falsettos and counterpoint with discretion and subtlety. Add to this The Who’s inevitable rumbling, reverberating beat and you’ve got a disc that’s intriguing to say the least. A certain hit!”

1967 – Billboard reports “Happy Jack” has hit its peak in New Zealand at #7

1968 – The Who play The Marquee Club in London

1972 – New Musical Express prints part three of a long interview with Pete conducted by Chris Van Ness in Denver the previous December.

1974 – Seven days of overdubbing and sound mixing for the Tommy soundtrack at Ramport and CTS begins. The Elton John Band’s recording of “Pinball Wizard” is completed

1979 – Roger and Kenney are interviewed on the BBC children’s programme Swap Shop

1980 – The Who play the first of two nights at the Center Coliseum in Seattle, Washington You can listen to it on Youtube here

1997 – Advance copies of Flipp’s new CD Flipp are released containing the cover of “My Generation” that got the band its record deal. They are pulled and another song is substituted after Pete denies permissionListen to it on YouTube here

2004 – The Who make #29 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The Immortals”, a list compiled by rockers including Pete. The Beatles head up the list. Eddie Vedder writes the tribute for The Who. He closes with “Presumptuously I speak for all Who fans when I say being a fan of the Who has incalculably enriched my life.”

2010 – Roger helps launch a job centre for people with learning disabilities in Stanmore, Middlesex. Also attending are publisher Richard Desmond, the Duchess of York, and Elizabeth Hurley. Read more about it here, or here, or here

2015 – The Who play the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida