October 30, 2020

Today in Whostory: 12/16/2019

1964 – The U.S. magazine Variety prints a review of “I Can’t Explain “/ “Bald Headed Woman “ single.

1964 – The Who play at The Florida Rooms in Brighton

1965 – The Who play the Town Hall in Kidderminster, Worcestershire

1966 – The Who go into Ryemuse Sound Studios to record backing tracks for “Please Don’t Touch” and “I’m a Boy” for use on the last episode of Ready, Steady GO! called appropriately Ready Steady GOES!. The vocal and mimed performance is videotaped at Studio One in Wembley on the 20th. The show, broadcast in London on the 23rd, is the last for the revolutionary pop music showcase.

1967 – Eric Burdon & The Animals song “Monterey” hits the U.S. charts. The Who are mentioned in the lyrics: “The Who exploded into fire and light”

1967 – The Who are miming to “I Can See For Miles” for the pre-recorded Christmas edition of Top Of The Pops.

1967 – Disc magazine has an interview with Who managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp where they discuss a planned Who film, a “black comedy,” to be released the next year. There are also plans for a monthly Who comic book with The Who vs. their managers, “Mr. Soupuss and Mr. Killjoy.” Neither of these blue-sky ideas come to anything.

1967 – Billboard magazine carries an ad for “The Who Sell Out”

1967 – Melody Maker carries a review of The Who Sell Out entitled “The Who sell out – and how”

1969 – The Who record their appearance on “Pop Goes The Sixties”

1970 – The Who play the Futurist Theatre in Scarborough, Yorkshire

1972 – The Who appear on the cover of New Musical Express and Melody Maker.

1978 – Alice Cooper’s album From The Inside is released. The inside gatefold shows an insane asylum with the words “Inmates From The Memory Of Moonie.

1978 – Billboard magazine carries a story entitled “MCA Who Picture LP Sales Near 60,000 Sets” by Paul Grein

1979 – The Who play the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts

1980 – Roger and Kenney Jones visit Chiswick Family Rescue Home. The group announced they are to give a Charity Concert at London’s Rainbow Theatre in aid of the home, run by Erin Pizzey for battered wives and children.

1982 – The Who play the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1983 – Pete releases a statement declaring he is breaking up The Who. “I will not be making any more records with The Who. It’s already been stated that our tour of America in 1982 was our last, and I can now add that I will not perform live again anywhere in the world with The Who. “ Roger, John and Kenney have nothing to do with the statement and afterwards express shock and anger at Pete’s decision and the idea that he could break up the group on his own. “It was a wonderful Christmas present,” Roger tells the press, sarcastically.

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