December 3, 2020

Today in Whostory: 5/20/2019

1965 – The Who play the Town Hall in Kidderminster, Worcestershire

1966 – The Who play the Corn Exchange in Newbury, Berkshire. John and Keith are late due to attending Ready Steady Go! Pete and Roger have been playing with the bassist and drummer from their opening act The Jimmy Brown Sound and are naturally furious at Keith. At the end of the show Keith, knocking over his drum set as usual, hits Pete in the leg with a falling cymbal. Pete turns and sends his guitar flying right into Keith’s head. Keith and John storm off determined that they are finally finished with The Who. They head over to Kit Lambert’s house to tell him they’re out

1966 – Keith gets Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys an interview on Ready Steady GO!

1967 – A flying one-day visit to Belgium for The Who as they fly into Zaventem airport on this Saturday morning for a film shoot for RTB TV’s Vibrato show where they mime to ‘Happy Jack’ at a mock-cowboy town called Texas City in Tremelo, Belgium.

1967 – “Lily isn’t pornographic, say Who” is the headline in Melody Maker. Pete defends The Who’s new single “Pictures of Lily.” Also in this issue is an interview with Keith called “The economy-size, family-pack Who – for U.S. consumption.”

1967 – “Pictures of Lily” hits its U.K. chart peak at #4.

1967 – “Pictures of Lily” is a hot topic in Disc and Music Echo with Ray Davies stepping up to defend the song from being dirty. “I’m sure Pete Townshend would be most upset if he was told ‘Pictures of Lily’ was a dirty song.” Roger is a little more coy in an interview in the same issue: “I suppose the words are a bit dodgy. Perhaps we just see how close to the wind we can sail — without actually getting banned.”

1967 – The Who headline at the Woluwe Festival just outside Brussels supported by The Klan. John somehow managed to fulfil the complete show even though he had a broken finger from a self-inflicted occurrence in Stevenage on the Wednesday night.

1968 – Pete and his long-time girlfriend Karen Astley wed at the Didicot Registry Office in Oxfordshire. The reception is held at the in-laws’ but there is no honeymoon as Pete has to stay home to work on the next Who single.

1977 – Roger releases his third solo album One Of The Boys in Britain.

1981 – The RIAA certifies Face Dances as reaching gold record status

1997 – Remixed and remastered CD’s of Face Dances and It’s Hard are released. They are sold for a reduced price and feature almost no liner notes

2004 – The Who play the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts

2015 – The Who play the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York