Today in Whostory: 9/15/2019

1963 – The Detours play the White Hart Hotel in Acton

1964 – The Who play the Railway Hotel in Wealdstone

1965 – Half the equipment stolen from The Who’s van on the 2nd is recovered during a police raid on a Morden, Surrey flat but The Who still can’t get it back as it is held for evidence

1966 – The Who play the Gaumont Cinema in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Supporting them are fellow Polydor artists The Merseys, a new group called The Cream with Eric Clapton on guitar, Oscar (actually future “Cousin Kevin” Paul Nicholas) and comedian Max Wall

1966 – The Who pre-record a performance of “I’m A Boy” for that evening’s Top of the Pops.

1967 – The Who tape their appearance on the U.S. variety show The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour at CBS Studios, Los Angeles. They mime to “I Can See For Miles” and a newly-recorded version of “My Generation” with a little scripted banter with host Tommy Smothers in between.
“My Generation” was to have concluded with an instrument smashing and the usual flashpots going off behind the amps but Keith bribes a stagehand into packing his bass drum with explosives. The explosion blows out the front of the drum kit directly into Pete’s head, catching his hair on fire and permanently damaging his hearing. A cymbal knocked backward by the blast hits Keith in the arm, opening a gash. The entire melee airs on the 17th and later opens The Who’s film The Kids Are Alright. This was The Who’s only appearance on a major U.S. television variety show.

1970 – “Summertime Blues” reaches #19 in the German charts

1971 – Circus carries an interview with Pete where he discusses the technical problems associated with Who’s Next.

1971 – Around this time Keith buys a milk float [U.S. – a milk delivery van] to show off to a photographer who has come to take pictures of his cars. Keith owns many cars despite his inability to drive. John and his chauffeur “Dougal” Butler drop by for the photo shoot and Keith hires Dougal away as his own chauffeur.

1977 – Around this time Pete contacts Mick Jagger and gets his permission to use The Who’s performance of “A Quick One While He’s Away” from The Rolling Stones’ Rock N’ Roll Circus for The Kids Are Alright.

1982 – Pete’s second single from his solo album All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes is released in the U.S. “Uniforms (Corps d’Esprit)” backed with “Slit Skirts” does not make the charts.

1986 – Around this date, in imitation of the cover of The Who Sell Out, Barry Kirk sits in a bath of baked beans at Port Albert’s Beach Hotel for 100 hours to set a world’s record. Afterwards he is given the nickname “Captain Beany”. He changes his name to Captain Beany by deed poll in 1991.

1994 – Roger and John continue with the orchestral Daltrey Sings Townshend tour performing in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania at the Star Lake Ampitheatre

2000 – John Entwistle appears as a guest on the U.K. TV comedy-game show programme Never Mind The Buzzcocks. The episode was recorded on the 5th

2002 – The Who play the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, California

2006 – The Who play Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

2006 – Pete and Roger are on the cover of the Observer Music Monthly. The article details some of the problems Pete had getting Roger interested in songs built around his novella The Boy Who Heard Music

2011 – Roger plays the Verizon Wireless Pavilion in Alpharetta, Georgia