Today in Whostory: 6/01/2020

1963 – The Detours play at the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1964 – The Who play the Glenlyn Ballroom in Forest Hill

1965 – The Who’s first French EP is released featuring an alternate vocal to “Anyway Anyhow Anywhere” that is not released anywhere else officially until 2002. Some versions of the EP also feature the title “Bald Headed Woman” misspelled as “Blad Headed Woman”

1966 – The Who fly into Arlanda Airport, Stockholm. Pete is interviewed for a Swedish magazine at the airport. He tells them he is currently working on a musical called “Summer City”.

1966 – The June 1969 edition of Beat Instrumental has The Who on the cover as well as several items featuring the band

1) Who Live by Pete Goodman
2) The Who Want Beatle-Size Reputation in U.S.
3) BI’s Chart Fax (Pictures of Lily at #18)
4) Advertisement for Rotosound
5) “Moon Kit” (Short description of Keith’s drum kit)

1967 – The Who were scheduled to appear at the 1er Internationval Festival de Pop Music at the Palais des Sports, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15√®me, France. but as Keith was still in hospital recuperating from his hernia operation and with no replacement drummer to take his place the group had to cancel. Appearing were Herbert Leonard, Baschung, The VIPs, The Pretty Things, Ronnie Bird, Jimmy Cliff, Cream, John Walker of the Walker Brothers, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, and The Troggs. Here’s Cream onstage at the event.

1968 – Life magazine carries a feature on “The New Rock” which includes a two page spread on The Who

1968 – Record Mirror carries a photo from Pete’s recent wedding

1969 – The Who play the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri with Joe Cocker and The Grease Band opening

1974 – Track Records releases A Quick One/The Who Sell Out as a low-price double album.

1979 – The May 16th Who performance is broadcast in its entirety on French Radio.

1980 – The Who Anthology, a collection of Who songs in sheet music form, is published in the U.K.

1985 – Pete takes his family to see Bruce Springteen at Slane Castle in Ireland. He declares Bruce “the greatest rock ‘n’ roller in the world.” Afterwards he appears live via satellite on the U.S. ABC-TV program Nightline where he also praises Springsteen.

1989 – The book Standing in the Shadows Of Motown: The Life and Music of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson is published. It is accompanied by two cassette tapes containing famous bass players, including John, playing some of Jamerson’s famous riffsIt is now available with 2 CDs rather than tapes, check Amazon for more information here

1990 – Pete is interviewed in this month’s issue of Musician. He disassociates himself from the recently released Join Together boxset: “I didn’t pick the title, cover or collection of songs, and I wouldn’t be hurt if a Who fan told me they weren’t going to buy it.” He also says he is responsible for The Who not extending their 25th Anniversary Tour to Australia and Japan and that Atlantic Records wants his next solo album to be a “formula” album: “I could create a lot of red faces by asking what the formula is.”

1991 – During this month “McEnroe & Cash with The Full Metal Rackets” release the charity single “Rock and Roll” featuring Roger Daltrey. It is done for Rock Aid Armenia

1996 – During this month Geoffrey Giuliano’s unauthorized biography of Pete, Behind Blue Eyes: A Life Of Pete Townshend is published in the U.K. Read a bit about it here

1996 – Sometime this month Listening To You: The Who At The Isle Of Wight, Murray Lerner’s movie of The Who’s concert at the 3rd Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, is released in Europe and Japan on videotape and laserdisc

1999 – The soundtrack to Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me is released containing the first official release of a live at the BBC recording of The Who performing “My Generation” in 1965. The soundtrack peaks at #5 in the U.S. charts and #6 in the U.K. charts.

1999 – Early in the month, Roger travels to Los Angeles to shoot an appearance for the Showtime cable television program Rude Awakenings

2001 – John Entwistle plays The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY

2001 – Rhino Video begins showing the movie Quadrophenia in movie houses in select U.S. cities to promote their forthcoming DVD

2004 – Silverline Records releases From The Front Row…Live! John Entwistle on DVD-Audio

2006 – The first day of rehearsals for The Who’s new set at Bray Studios in Windsor. According to keyboardist John Bundrick, 8 or 9 songs are rehearsed after lunch and a long nostalgic reunion. Rehearsals continue through the 5th

2007 – The Who play Liberty Stadium in Swansea

2007 – The Who, or at least Pete and Roger, were to begin the month with an appearance on the BBC TV show Later… with Jools Holland, but they postpone it to save Roger’s voice for that night’s concert. The White Stripes take their place and sign a big sympathy card for Roger.

2010 – The Melvins release their album The Bride Screamed Murder with a cover of “My Generation” and JFA releases Speed of Sound with a cover of “My Wife” Listen to The Melvins on YouTube here and JFA here

2011 – Pete Townshend checks in with the fans on “WHAT I’M DOING EVERYDAY
I am shut away in my home studio at the moment working to restore the demos of Quadrophenia. Bob Pridden is doing surround-sound mixes of selected tracks. Jon Astley is remastering the original vinyl mix, and evaluating his own 1996 remix (the one where you can properly hear Roger’s astonishing vocals). I am sitting in a pile of notes, desk diaries, photos (I took a lot of my own between 1971-1973 when Quadrophenia emerged), original lyrics and writing liner notes…You are going to love it. I hope so, because I am missing this summer shunshine to get it completed on time.”