Today in Whostory: 9/20/2019

1965 – The Who fly to Amsterdam to perform live for Dutch TV (AVRO Broadcast Association) at Studio Bellevue. The technicians can’t get The Who’s loud sound balanced and refuse to give Roger whisky to soothe his throat (he’d caught a cold on the boat over) telling him, “you sing or you leave the studio.” The first half of the show is broadcast the next evening on Nederland 2.

1966 – “I’m a Boy” enters the Kv√§llstoppen Swedish sales chart, peaking at #4.

1970 – The Who play the Falkoner Centret in Copenhagen, Denmark

1971 – The Who make their last special appearance on BBC Radio on The Johnnie Walker Show, a repeat from the show on the 6th

1975 – Keith returns from Los Angeles and The Who begin rehearsals for their upcoming tour on the D Stage at Shepperton Studios

1975 – Tina Turner’s album Acid Queen hits the U.S. charts. It contains Ike Turner-arranged covers of “The Acid Queen” and “I Can See For Miles” and reaches #155 in the U.S. charts

1980 – Roger’s second single from his McVicar LP hits the U.S. charts. The gentle ballad “Without Your Love,” a cover of a Billy Nicholls’ song from Pete’s Meher Baba tribute LP With Love, becomes Roger’s biggest solo hit in the U.S. peaking at #20 in Billboard and #23 in Cash Box. The flip side is “Escape Part 2.”

1987 – Pete and his daughter Emma attend the Secret Policeman’s Ball

1999 – Pete Townshend Live: A Benefit For Maryville Academy is available as a free download in Windows Media format at The next day, the two-CD set, featuring duets with Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, is released by Platinum Records in the U.S. Billboard calls it “an unassuming crowd-pleaser that does its job with style.” It does not reach the U.S. Billboard charts

2001 – Pete addresses fans’ concerns over the quality of the Live At Leeds: Deluxe Edition in a diary message. The sound quality will be mostly corrected with the 2014 HD audio reissue

2001 – Pete was supposed to have gone to New York to accept an award and perform at the Yahoo! Online Music Awards but the awards are canceled after the World Trade Center attack. He releases his demo for “I Am An Animal” on his website.

2005 – The CD Rock Star: A Night at the Mayan Theatre from the TV reality show, is released featuring Jordis Unga covering “Baba O’Riley”.

2006 – Pete and Roger are required on a New York rooftop for a session with photographer Ross Halfin. Ross reports Roger is in a bad mood, the result of a torn ligament in his shoulder

2017 – er launches his charity champagne in Sao Paulo

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