Today in Whostory: 8/27/2019

1963 – The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1965 – The Who play Rang-A-Tang Club in The Carnival Hall in Basingstoke, Hampshire. “It coincided with a Galaxy Club night at the Town Hall with the Spencer Davis Group plus unknown support. Rang-A-Tang gigs (like those of the preceding Ticky-Rick) were generally on Saturday nights but evidently; The Who were only available on that Friday and a clash was inevitable.” “The admission prices for the simultaneous events back-up the general view that The Who’s performance was poorly attended.”

1965 – The Town Hall in Torquay prints posters for a show with The Who and The Telstars for the 27th but The Who do not show up as no contract is ever signed. A poster for the show sells for £1,100 at a Sotheby’s auction in the late 1980’s.

1966 – Billboard reports The Who plan to come to the U.S. in early September to promote their U.S. single of “The Kids Are Alright” and that a tape of the group performing the tune was rushed to New York for promotion on various TV shows. In the same issue, “The Kids Are Alright” reaches its U.S. peak on the Billboard charts, “Bubbling Under” at #106.

1967 – The Who play the Music Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio

1968 – The Who play the Community Concourse in San Diego, California

1976 – John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett’s “Louisa on a Horse” backed with “Misty Mountain” is released in the U.K. by Track Records. Originally recorded in 1973, it features bass and production by Pete.

1980 – The film McVicar has its London premiere. Roger’s labor of love receives generally negative reviews. David Wilson in New Statesman calls it a competent television crime show but not much more. Melody Maker and Movietone News agree. Lawrence O’Toole in Maclean’s headlines his negative assessment “God save us from bored rock stars.” Roger does get praise for his performance, however, in Variety and Films Illustrated.

1990 – Westwood One syndicated radio show BBC Classic Tracks plays The Who’s 1965 BBC recording of “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere”. Over the next four years they will run more selections, providing the source for The Who BBC sessions bootlegs

1996 – The first “best of” CD of the reissue series is released in the U.S. My Generation: The Very Best Of The Who does not make the Billboard chart, but does eventually go Gold.

1996 – Frog Records releases Frog Records Story Vol. 2: Long Island Artists featuring a circa 1968 cover of “Pictures of Lily” by Kyds at Play

1999 – Pete and Roger meet to discuss what they are going to play as The Who at the Nov. 13th House of Blues show.

2000 – The Who play in Dallas at Reunion Arena

2002 – The Who play the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan

2002 – The long-awaited CD My Generation: Deluxe Edition double CD is released by MCA in the U.S. The Who’s first album is taken from the surviving three-track tapes and is mixed into stereo by the original producer, Shel Talmy

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