Today in Whostory: 5/19/2020

1945 – Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend was born at Chiswick Hospital, Middlesex to Betty & Cliff Townshend

1963 – The Detours play in Bayswater at the Douglas House.

1965 – The Who play the Corn Exchange in Bristol

1965 – The Who perform for Three Go Round at Southern Television Studios in Southampton. The show will be broadcast the following day. It is supposedly on the train to Southampton that Pete, still angry that his car (a hearse) had recently been towed away because the sight of it offended the Queen Mum on her morning rounds, writes a vicious put-down of the entire older generation called “My Generation.”

1966 – Keith meets up with Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys who has arrived in London with an advance copy of the Pet Sounds album. Keith, being a huge Beach Boys fan, promises Bruce an appearance on the TV programme Ready Steady GO! Later that night Keith and Bruce meet up with John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The four play cards while listening to the album over and over. Keith doesn’t care for it because it doesn’t sound like typical surf music, but Lennon and especially McCartney are awed and intimidated by Brian Wilson’s production and leave determined to top him.

1969 – The Who play The Rockpile in Toronto, Canada

1969 – A statement of apology by The Who for the Fillmore East altercation appears in the New York Times.

1972 – After six months off from performing together, The Who reunite for the first documented session of the Who’s Next follow-up album at Olympic Sound Studios in Barnes, England. Glyn Johns again handles the production for the LP, provisionally titled “Rock Is Dead – Long Live Rock”. In addition to the tracks recorded, Pete also presents the demos “Get Inside,” “Women’s Liberation” (known on bootlegs as “Riot In The Female Jail”) and “Why Can’t You See I’m Easy.”

1973 – Billboard magazine carries a full page ad for “Giving It All Away”

1975 – Pete, on his 30th birthday, is interviewed by Roy Carr. Unfortunately he unloads all his feelings to the journalist who is visiting him on that day. Among some of the statements are Pete blasting Roger for saying The Who will be rocking in their wheelchairs: “he might be but you won’t catch me rockin’ in no wheelchair.” He also says The Who’s glory days are behind them. “Everybody has a hump and you have to admit that you’ve got to go over that hump.” He also claims The Who are becoming a “golden oldies band” and that during the 1974 shows The Who were “copying what The Who used to be.” Pete later says he is shocked when his conversation with Carr appears in New Musical Express on the 24th You can read the interview here

1992 – The Grateful Dead cover “Baba O’Riley” for the first time at Cal Expo in Sacramento. The tune remains in semi-regular rotation until Jerry Garcia’s death in various places of their second set always paired with “Tomorrow Never Knows.”
You can listen to it here

1997 – Pete Townshend records “Prelude 970519” that later appears on Scoop 3Listen to it on Youtube here

2000 – Justin Kreutzmann begins shooting a documentary about John at his house. The footage is released in 2006 as the DVD John Entwistle: An Ox’s Tale.

2001 – On his 56th birthday, Pete pens a contemplation comparing prayer to cranberry juice.

2004 – The Who play a surprise short set at Carnegie Hall promoting the CBS fall schedule. They perform “Who Are You” “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Baba O’Riley” from the CSI programs.

2006 – The Tommy and Quadrophenia Live DVD is awarded 3-times multi Platinum status by the RIAA making it one of the biggest selling items in The Who’s career.

2007 – The Who play the Bizkaia Arena in Barakaldo, Spain

2007 – Roger says in his usual direct way that The Who will not be taking part in a planned Wembley concert to raise awareness of global warming: “Bollocks to that! The last thing the planet needs is another rock concert!” He also declines participation in another planned event, the Concert for Diana. “Not unless [her sons] are real Who fans, which I very much doubt.”

2009 – The Who Sell Out: Deluxe Edition is released in the U.S.

2010 – Roger attends the opening of a new teenage cancer wing at the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle. Accompanying him are the Duchess of York, her two daughters and X Factor winner Joe McElderry.

2016 – The Who play the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California