Today in Whostory: 5/16/2019

1964 – The Who play the first of two nights at the Florida Rooms in Brighton

1964 – Whitsun Bank Holiday riots between Mods and Rockers take place. Photos of Mods and Rockers smashing each other on the Brighton seaside inflame the British public. A recent investigative report, however, has strongly suggested that most of these photos are staged and the “riots” never actually happen.One thing that does happen that weekend is the sad end of a 17-year old Mod named Barry Prior whose body is discovered in the surf below a cliff on which his empty sleeping bag is found. Pete will read news reports of the apparent suicide and, nine years later, will use it as the basis for his work Quadrophenia.

1964 – mmy Tucker’s “Long Tall Shorty” is released. It will become a live staple of the early Who.

1965 – The Who play the Town Hall in Stratford, East London

1965 – io Luxembourg’s Ready, Steady Radio! broadcast the show recorded on May 11 at The Marquee Club

1966 – Dick Clark’s U.S. TV show “Where The Action Is” shows film from March of The Who performing “I Can’t Explain,” and “Substitute.” A kinescope of the latter broadcast later becomes a popular video bootleg item

1966 – Keith, along with Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Nicky Hopkins begin recording “Beck’s Bolero.” The other members of The Who know nothing about it at the time and it is Beck’s understanding that Keith will quit The Who and join his group. When Keith fails to do so, this early version of The Jeff Beck Group falls apart.

1969 – The Who return to the Fillmore East in Greenwich Village, New York City with opening acts Sweetwater and It’s A Beautiful Day. The last time they played there was under the threat of rioting after the Martin Luther King assassination. This time the building next door to the Fillmore catches on fire. Policeman Dan Mulhearn runs on stage to stop the show and warn the crowd. “I was working plainclothes assigned to trying to get ‘mugged’ on the Bowery and responded to the Fillmore as a fire was reported there. Officer Gehrig began to usher people out the fire doors and I approached the stage, in plainclothes but with badge in hand. I thought the band understood what was going on as I was handed the microphone by Roger Daltrey. Then I was kicked in the groin area by Pete Townshend and two large gentlemen grabbed me from behind and I was thrown out the fire door backstage… There was no real injury as Pete missed his mark by a couple of inches, thankfully.” The second show is cancelled and The Who spend the night at Bill Graham’s apartment while the police search for them at their hotel.

1970 – Live at Leeds is released in the U.S. It reaches #4 in the U.S. charts

1970 – The Who play Derwent College at the University of York in York, Yorkshire

1970 – New Musical Express prints Roger’s “Blind Date” reactions to newly released singles

1974 – Two days of filming the “Sally Simpson” sequence begins at Wesley Central Hall in Portsmouth. Director Russell’s daughter plays Sally.

1975 – th is interviewed on The Old Grey Whistle Test

1979 – The Who play the Pavillon de Paris in Paris, France

1992 – U.S. TV airs the special American Bandstand 40th Anniversary Special featuring an all-star jam with Bo Diddley. John Entwistle is the featured bass player. The event was recorded on March 25th.

1997 – The Who play the Hallenstadion in Zürich, Switzerland

2007 – The Who play the Pavilhão Atlântico in Lisbon, Portugal

2009 – Music industry veteran Angie Jenkison gets a surprise at her wedding at a castle in Bristol when Roger turns wedding singer, serenading the bride with “Substitute”. Afterwards he wants to do more but the band hired for the event have only rehearsed the one song

2016 – The Polydor Singles Box 1975-2015 is released