December 1, 2021

Today in Whostory: 9/13/2019

1963 – The Detours play the Glenlyn Ballroom in Forest Hill

1965 – Zak Starkey is born

1966 – The Who record a radio appearance for the BBC Light Programme Saturday Club at The Playhouse performing “I’m A Boy,” “Disguises,” “Heatwave” “So Sad About Us,” and a cover of the Lovin’ Spoonful’s “On The Road Again.” Speaking of being on the road, Pete announces on the show that the soon-commencing U.K. theatre tour will be cut short so that the group can make its first trip to America.

1966 – The San Jose, California garage band, Count Five, releases their first album Psychotic Reaction with covers of two Who songs, “My Generation” and “Out In The Street.” They are believed to be America’s first recorded Who covers and begin the long-lasting influence of The Who on the U.S. garage and punk rock sound.

1968 – w 9 broadcasts footage of Keith participating in a scooter race recorded earlier in the week

1969 – The Who play The Belfry in Wishaw with The Herd opening

1970 – The Who play Stadthalle in Offenbach, Hesse, Germany. At the show Pete announces the title of The Who’s soon-to-be-released album as “6 ft. Wide Garage, 7 ft. Wide Car.” It’s a reference to the use of Pete’s garage studio Eel Pie for the recording of the songs. The album is never released.

1974 – John and John Alcock co-produce The Sharks’ third album Musical Breakout. The group’s label, Island Records, does not like what they hear and pull funding causing the band to fold. The album is never released.

1975 – A single from Roger’s solo LP Ride a Rock Horse hits the U.S. charts. “Come And Get Your Love” backed with “Hearts a-Right” peaks at #68 in Billboard and #63 in Cash Box.

1978 – Pete, Roger and John attend Moon’s funeral at Golders Green Crematorium. Also there are Eric Clapton, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Keith’s mom, ex-wife Kim and daughter Mandy. Anette collapses during the service and has to be helped away. Roger sends a floral tribute representing a champagne bottle through a television screen. Wreaths are also sent by Oliver Reed, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac and Keith’s favorite charity, Make Children Happy.

1979 – The Who play Madison Square Gardens in New York, New York

1984 – Roger is interviewed on NBC-TV’s Late Night With David Letterman.

1991 – While Pete is on holiday with his family on the Isles of Scilly, he pitches over the handlebars of his bicycle on a bumpy road, stopping his fall with his right hand. The bones in his wrist and arm are badly broken and he has to be flown out for medical treatment. A metal plate is put in his wrist and he is told he may never play the guitar again

1994 – Roger and John were to have appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman but it is cancelled after Roger has respiratory tests that morning at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. He is complaining of having trouble breathing.

1997 – Van-pires, a cartoon/live-action show featuring a main theme and songs by The John Entwistle Band, premiers on the U.S. Fox network.

2000 – Who fan Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical movie Almost Famous premieres. It features a scene where the hero discovers rock music when he listens to “Sparks” from the Tommy album. The song is featured on the movie’s soundtrack CD.

2001 – Pete Townshend, partially in response to the World Trade Center attack two days before, releases a cassette demo called “Flying Boy” on his website.

2005 – Mathias releases a cover of “Substitute” as a single

2005 – Pete posts a small sample of the autobiography he began writing in 1996 on his website. It reveals that he is allergic to cats.

2006 – The Who play the Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York

2010 – Roger is one of many celebrities answering the phone at The BGC Partner’s 6th Annual Charity Day at Canary Wharf in London. The charity is raising money in memory of staffers murdered in New York’s September 11, 2001 attack

2011 – Roger begins his North American tour of Tommy at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida