October 20, 2021

Today in Whostory: 8/08/2020

1964 – The High Numbers play the All Saints Hall in Whetstone

1964 – Boyfriend magazine does a one-page feature on The High Numbers, naming the members as Roger Daltry (ex-sheet-metal worker), Peter Townsend (ex-art student), John Allison (ex-tax officer) and Keith Moon (ex-trainee salesman). Keith says his ambition is “to be free and do nothing!”

1965 – The Who play two shows (6:30 & 8:45) at the Britannia Theater at Britannia Pier in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

1970 – The Who play The Belfry in Wishaw, Warwickshire

1970 – Record Mirror magazine features The Who on the cover

1975 – A single from Roger’s solo album Ride A Rock Horse, a cover of Rufus Thomas’ “Walking The Dog” backed with “Proud,” is released in the U.K. It doesn’t chart.

1975 – Roger receives the ABC Interstate Theaters’ “New Star Of The Year” award at a party in Beverly Hills. Tommy: The Movie co-star Ann-Margret presents the award and Keith is in the audience

1977 – Filming of The Kids Are Alright resumes at Keith Moon’s Malibu, California home. Shot this day is Keith’s refusal to tell the truth. “As you want to hear it? You couldn’t afford me”, Keith in biker gear with a blow-up sex doll and a scene of Keith and Rick Danko of The Band playing cards. The latter sequence is cut out of the movie at the last moment due to a rights issue.

1989 – The Who play the second of three shows at the Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Georgia

1992 – Billboard has an interview with Roger about Rocks in the Head. He says Pete told him “I’m really proud of you. You’ve done great lyrics.”

2002 – Rolling Stone prints an interview with Pete where interviewer Chris Heath confronts Pete with claims by Doors publicist Danny Fields that they were “on-and-off boyfriends” in the late 1960’s. Pete says he would like to meet Fields and ask him “What the f*** are you talking about? Please tell me.”
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2002 – Genesis Publications put out their second expensive volume of Who photographs compiled by Ross Halfin, Maximum Who: The Who In The Sixties. This one concentrates on The Who’s publicity photos

2006 – The Who’s new EP “Wire and Glass” is listed at #58 in the German charts, #83 in Switzerland and #31 in Austria.