Today in Whostory: 9/04/2019

1970 – “Summertime Blues” peaks at #25 in the Netherland’s Hilversum charts.

1971 – The Who were to have played a free concert in Hyde Park but it is canceled

1971 – “Won’t Get Fooled Again” hits its peak in Sweden’s Tio i Topp charts at #15.

1974 – Keith Moon videotapes two television commercials promoting the forthcoming Odds & Sods LP and his solo single “Don’t Worry Baby”. MCA executives find them in bad taste and do not use them.

1982 – The first single from the new album, “Athena” backed with “It’s Your Turn”, hits the U.S. charts. It reaches #28 in Billboard and #31 in Cash Box. It is the last Who single to hit the American Top Forty.

1982 – The Who’s last studio album for the next 24 years, It’s Hard, is released. The reviews are wildly uneven. Parke Puterbaugh in Rolling Stone calls it The Who’s best work since Who’s Next. Joining him in that assessment is Lloyd Sachs in Chicago magazine and John Milward in High Fidelity. On the other end of the scale is Lynden Barber in Melody Maker (“rock ‘n roll menopause”), Kurt Loder in Musician (“pure blather”) and Jon Pareles in The New York Times (“Adolescence mars The Who’s new disk”). The album peaks at #11 in the U.K. and #8 in the U.S.

1994 – Roger and John continue with the orchestral Daltrey Sings Townshend tour performing in Kansas City, Missouri at Liberty Memorial

1999 – Roger appears on his second episode of Showtime’s Rude Awakening, “Bosses, Burglars, & Back Street Babes” playing addiction-challenged rock star Nobby Clegg

2005 – Roger records a cover of “My Generation” with the British boy band McFly. The song is used to promote the new HMV Digital online service.

2005 – Rachel Fuller posts a new song on her blog, “Just Breathe,” co-written with boyfriend Pete and dedicated to the recently flooded city of New Orleans.