Today in Whostory: 4/26/2020

1964 – The Who play the White Hart Hotel in Acton

1965 – The Who play the Town Hall in Bridgewater, Sumerset

1966 – The Who play The Lynx Club in Borehamwood

1966 – The Who’s first album is released in the U.S. on Decca. Retitled The Who Sings My Generation it features a different cover, drops “I’m a Man” for the Shel Talmy-produced “Instant Party,” edits the instrumental break out of “The Kids Are Alright” and reverses the order of “A Legal Matter” and “The Ox.” It is released in both mono and stereo although both are simply mono electronically processed as stereo. Billboard says: “the four boys from London have an ear-splitting, gut-busting and best-selling package in this program of blues-oriented rock numbers.” It fails to reach the U.S. charts, but does get airplay on Detroit radio stations.

1967 – The Who record for Top of the Pops, miming “Pictures of Lily” at Lime Grove

1967 – The Who are in De Lane Lea studios recording a proposed all-instrumental EP. Among songs recorded this week is “Hall of the Mountain King”

1969 – The Who play the Community Centre in Auchinleck, Ayrshire, Scotland

1969 – “Pinball Wizard” reaches its U.K. chart peak of #4 staying there for the next three weeks

1971 – The Who perform some of their new material, mixed with oldies and covers, at the Young Vic, professionally recorded by Glyn Johns’ younger brother Andy and engineered by Ian Stewart outside in The Rolling Stones’ mobile recording van. It does not come out at the time but does leak out as a popular bootleg, before being released in small batches beginning in the late 1980’s with the primary bulk of the show released as disc 2 of 2003’s Who’s Next: Deluxe Edition.

1973 – Rolling Stone magazine carries a story titled “Roger Daltrey: A Who Sings His Out in the Country” by Andrew Bailey

1980 – The Who play the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri

1984 – Roger is interviewed by Scott Muni in London for a live transmission to WNEW-FM in New York.

1985 – Newspapers report that Pete will be selling tee-shirts at concerts to raise money for the “Stay Alive in 85” campaign.

1997 – The Who play the Oslo Spektrum in Oslo, Norway

2000 – Pete’s VH1 Storytellers episode premiers on VH1 U.S. The U.K. broadcast follows on the 28th

2004 – Sanctuary Visual Entertainment releases the restored The Kids Are Alright on DVD in Europe. It tops the DVD sales chart there

2011 – Roger announces that he will be touring Tommy with a solo band. Pete says he won’t be coming along but “will be there in spirit.”