October 17, 2021

Today in Whostory: 12/31/2020

1964 – The Who play a New Year’s Eve Dance in Pinner, Middlesex

1965 – The Who appear with The Rolling Stones and The Kinks on a special Ready Steady GO! entitled The New Year Starts Here!

1966 – The Who play The Roundhouse in Chalk Farm, London

1968 – The Who mime to “I Can See For Miles,” “Magic Bus “ and the Meaty, Beaty, Big & Bouncy version of “I’m A Boy. “ on the French TV special “Surprise Partie”

1969 – Pop Goes The Sixties airs with a clip of The Who miming to I Can See For Miles recorded on the 16th

1970 – BBC1 broadcasts “Into 71” featuring The Who performing “Naked Eye” and “I Don’t Even Know Myself”

1980 – Pete’s staff confronts him with bad news. He is ¬£500,000 in debt due to the combination of the recent purchase of a country estate and an unexpected printing bill at his publishing company. He is soon forced to sell off his barge company and The Magic Bus Bookstore (to Penguin Books) to raise cash.

1998 – John Power of the group Cast tells New Musical Express that he recorded the demos for the forthcoming Cast album at John Entwistle’s home studio in Gloucestershire with Bobby Pridden engineering.

1999 – Roger is scheduled to perform with the British Rock Symphony on New Year’s Eve as the 1900’s turn into the 2000’s at a charity event at The Ronald Reagan Building in Washington D.C. but it is canceled

2007 – Ringo Starr holds a non-alcoholic-beverage party and charity gig in Surrey to bring in the new year. Fellow musicians and teetotalers Eric Clapton and Pete join him on stage under the band name Totally Abandoned for a loose rendition of classic tunes. Those in the know get in for a £50 donation

2010 – Roger appears on Jools’ Annual Hootenanny and performs “I’m a Man” (Mannish Boy)