October 20, 2020

Today in Whostory: 8/20/2020

1963 – The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1964 – The High Numbers play the Majestic Ballroom in Luton

1964 – The High Numbers rehearse and taped their debut television appearance on BBC-2’s The Beat Room in Studio 3. They performed live versions of Bo Diddley’s “Bring It To Jerome” and the Miracles “I Gotta Dance to Keep From Crying”. It would be broadcast on August 24 from 7:35 to 8:00.

1964 – The Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Gazette reports that Julie Arnold will be starting a band called “Three and Her” with “guitarists and drummers from Acton groups like the Detours….”

1965 – The Who play the Pavilion Ballroom in Bournemouth, Hampshire. The opening band was Davy Jones and the Lower Third – later to be known as David Bowie

1966 – The Who play the Town Hall in Torquay, Devonshire

1966 – Billboard lists “The Kids Are Alright” as a “breakout hit” in Detroit. It also reaches the “Bubbling Under” list at #107

1966 – Melody Maker carries a review of “The Kids are Alright” and Billy Fury hears the single in “Blind Date”

1967 – The Who play the Fargo Civic Memorial Auditorium in Fargo, North Dakota

1967 – The Who play the Minneapolis Auditorium in Minneapolis, Minnesota

1971 – The Who fly back to London. All except for Pete who is kicked off the plane for excessive inebriation. He gets a flight out the next day.

1982 – Roger, without the other members, holds a press conference in New York to announce The Who’s upcoming North American tour. He says it will “probably” be the group’s last tour because touring is “getting too big” and takes too much time “to make them profitable”. However, The Who are not breaking up and will continue to record together. He is also interviewed by Martha Quinn on MTV.

1995 – John appeared with the Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, California

1996 – Snuff releases their CD Flibbiddydibiddydob with a cover of “I Can’t Explain.” You can listen to it on YouTube here

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