October 29, 2020

Today in Whostory: 10/14/2019

1964 – Pete’s song “It Was You” is sold to Dick James Publishing with Eula Parker and Barry Gray receiving 25 percent each and a credit for co-authorship on future releases. Pete’s father Cliff signs for him. The songwriter’s address is given as 30 Disraeli Road, Ealing WS.

1964 – The High Numbers perform at the Town Hall in Greenwich

1965 – The Who play the Skating Rink in Cambourne, Cornwall

1966 – The Who play Queens Hall in Leeds

1966 – Who record “My Generation/Land of Hope and Glory” at IBC Studios

1967 – “I Can See For Miles” backed with “Someone’s Coming” is released in Britain. Pete had held the song back for over a year until The Who would need a surefire #1 hit single. Incredibly, this masterful recording ends up tying with “Anyway Anyhow Anywhere” as the poorest charting to date of The Who’s official U.K. singles, peaking at #10. Derek Johnson in New Musical Express calls it “less tuneful” than The Who’s previous hits. What Pete takes as a failure leads him to doubt his ability to write hit singles for the band. As months pass, he will turn his attention away from pop songs to the idea of a rock opera. Also on this day, Melody Maker runs an interview with Pete where he lauds U.S. audiences for the positive reception they gave The Who. Another article lists Keith among the “magnificent seven” of drummers.

1967 – “I Can See For Miles” backed with “Someone’s Coming” is released in Britain. A small for the record is also shown in Billboard magazine.

1967 – ody Maker runs an interview with Pete where he lauds U.S. audiences for the positive reception they gave The Who. Another article lists Keith among the “magnificent seven” of drummers.

1967 – Musical Express reviews “I Can See For Miles” backed with “Someone’s Coming”. “The boys ternate an ear-shattering wall of sound — with penetrating rasping guitars, heavy-handed drumming and constant cymbal-crashing, and Pete Townshend’s vocal riding smoothly above the all-happening backing”

1969 – The Who play the CNE Coliseum in Toronto, Canada

1974 – th is interviewed in Los Angeles for the third of a four-part interview program with The Who for BBC Radio 1.

1976 – The Who play the Center Coliseum in Seattle, Washington

1978 – Pete is interviewed for the first time since Keith’s death in Melody Maker. He mentions Kenny Jones among several other drummers as potential replacements for Keith, how he wants to add keyboards and brass to The Who, and how it will be necessary to lower their on-stage sound to protect his hearing.

1978 – Pete is interviewed for the first time since Keith’s death in Melody Maker. Having stated several times over the last year that he had no desire to tour again with The Who, Pete now announces plans for the band to hit the road again. He mentions Kenney Jones among several other drummers as potential replacements for Keith, how he wants to add keyboards and brass to The Who, and how it will be necessary to lower their on-stage sound to protect his hearing. Pete is photographed in Brighton on the set of the movie Quadrophenia.

1996 – The Who play the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington

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