October 17, 2021

Today in Whostory: 11/24/2020

1963 – The Detours play at the White Hart Hotel in Acton

1964 – The Who start a 16-week residency playing Tuesday nights at The Marquee Club, London. The Marquee Club started out on Oxford Street in 1958 as one of London’s greatest jazz clubs but by 1964, when it was forced to move to a new location on Wardour Street, it was better known for the new electric R&B played by Manfred Mann, The Yardbirds and The Moody Blues. The Who took over the dead night of Tuesday and on the first night only 30 people show up even with Kit and Chris giving out free whisky. To build attendance they start plastering Soho with a striking new poster. The opening act their first night is The Sneakers.

1965 – The Who play the Town Hall in Stourbridge

1966 – The Who play the Pavilion Ballroom in Worthing

1967 – The Who play The Swinging Gate in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Boys Decision opens. After the show The Who go to local booking agent Linda Wren’s home for Thanksgiving dinner.

1971 – Pete pays his first visit to the Meher Baba Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and spends the night in the Lantern Cabin where Baba himself stayed.

1972 – The all-star recording of Tommy by the London Symphony orchestra is released in the U.K.

1973 – A short letter from Pete appears in Melody Maker. He apologizes to the fans about the poor facilities at London’s Lyceum and says that next year The Who will play in larger venues with cheaper seats. Letters from fans follow his.

1973 – Billboard magazine carries and ad for the 1973 U.S. tour

1975 – The Who play The Omni in Atlanta, Georgia

1998 – Roger appears on The Late Show with David Letterman in New York singing “My Generation”

2000 – The Who rehearse for their upcoming show at the Royal Albert Hall

2006 – The Who play the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey

2012 – The Who play the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan

2012 – Chris Stamp, half of the Lambert & Stamp management team that brought The Who to fame, dies at age 79

2019 – The New York Times Magazine interviews Pete in a story titled “The Who’s Pete Townshend grapples with rock’s legacy, and his own dark past”. You can read it online here