Today in Whostory: 5/05/2020

1962 – Benny Spellman’s “Lipstick Traces (On a Cigarette)” enters the U.S. charts. The B-side, “Fortune Teller” will be a staple of The Who’s live act 1968-1970.

1963 – The Detours play Douglas House in Bayswater

1963 – The Detours play the White Hart Hotel in Acton.

1964 – The Who audition for Fontana Records.  Chris Parmeinter of Fontana Records as well as Jack Baverstock attend at the same basement cafĂ© where they had auditioned April 9. Both Keith and Brian Redman perform “I’m The Face” and, although manager Gorden objects, Pete, Roger and John already know they must use Keith.

1966 – The Who play the Town Hall in Kidderminster. Roger was again left out of the show. After the show the 17-year old singer for the local band Listen approaches Pete and volunteers to take Roger’s place as lead singer. Pete turns Robert Plant down.

1967 – A Friday night concert for The Who at the Sporthallen in Eskilstuna, Sweden. Apparently The Who’s performance was cut down to just five numbers as Pete was unhappy about the stage set-up as they are forced to perform on a small stage meters above the heads of the audience.

1974 – Keith shows up at Ramport to record his vocal for “Tommy’s Holiday Camp.” Pete meanwhile is adding further overdubs.

1980 – The Who play the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1981 – John completes the recording of his solo LP Too Late The Hero at Ramport Studios, London

1997 – The Who play the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, Germany

2009 – The Smithereens release a one-CD performance of Tommy. They record it as part of a deal to get their record label to issue an album of new original music. The CD cover is by William Stout and done as a parody of his famous cover for the bootleg Tales of The Who. You can listen to it on YouTube here

2012 – Pete Townshend makes a one-off Canadian appearance, performing at the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards honoring his fellow creator of The Who’s Tommy, Des McAnuff. Pete performs “Pinball Wizard”. Pete is photographed with the member of the band Rush.

2015 – The Who are scheduled to play the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The show would be postponed until December, and then rescheduled again for April 29, 2016