Today in Whostory: 5/24/2019

1963 – The Detours play the Grand Ballroom in Broadstairs

1964 – The Who play the Majestic Ballroom in Luton

1965 – The Who play the Majestic Ballroom in Reading

1965 – The Who record for BBC’s Top Gear performing “Good Lovin’,” “Anyway Anyhow Anywhere,” “I Don’t Mind,” and “Daddy Rolling Stone.”

1967 – Who were back at De Lane Lea studios on this day in 1967 to record a different version of Eddie Cochran and Jerry Capehart’s ‘Summertime Blues’. This as yet unreleased version is a much faster version than the other studio recording made in October 67 for the BBC and released on 1998’s reissue of Odds & Sods. It was thought that ‘Summertime Blues’ might possibly be the next Who single with John Entwistle’s delightful ‘Someone’s Coming’ as the b-side. As it turned out ‘Someone’s Coming’ became the b-side of ‘I Can See For Miles’, released in October 1967.

1968 – The Who play The Great Hall at City University in Clerkenwell, London

1969 – The Who play the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1985 – Gerry Marsden releases a charity single as a benefit for the victims of the Bradford City Disaster Fund after their horrible football stadium fire. The single is “You’ll Never Walk Alone” backed with messages of support and credited to “The Crowd.” One of “The Crowd” is John.

1985 – Pete appears on the BBC talk show Wogan.

1987 – Roger and his wife Heather attend the 30th annual Grammy Awards show at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles

1989 – John receives his custom-made black-and-white Union Jack jacket from the Mayor of London to wear on the tour.

1999 – The Spells (Mary Timony of Helium and Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney) release the EP The Age Of Backwards featuring a cover of “I Can’t Explain”

2000 – Pete has an online chat through He says his favorite album is Frank Sinatra’s Songs For Swingin’ Lovers!

2001 – Pete receives a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ivor Novello Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London. Roger is in attendance. Pete thanks The Who but admits that “I do find these things incredibly boring. It’s really sunny out there and I did all this music shit so that I could have a swimming pool and I want to be in it.”

2001 – Substitute: The Songs Of The Who, a collection of Who covers compiled by longtime Who soundman Bobby Pridden, is released in Europe.

2006 – In a cover story, The National Review declares “Won’t Get Fooled Again” the greatest conservative rock song of all time. In response, Pete says on the 27th that the song has no party-allied political message, “a song that pleaded ‘leave me alone with my family to live my life, so I can work for change in my own way.'”

2015 – The Who play the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut