October 30, 2020

Today in Whostory: 2/26/2020

1930 – Doug Sandom, drummer for The Detours, was born in Greenford, England. He passed away on February 27,2019 at the age of 89.

1965 – New Musical Express runs a short article on The Who’s name changes called “Third time lucky name.” It quotes French television producer Alain de Sedouy calling them “a logical musical expression of the bewilderment and anarchy of London’s teenagers.”

1965 – The Who play the Lynx Club in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire

1965 – New Musical Express runs a short article on The Who’s name changes called “Third time lucky name.” It quotes French television producer Alain de Sedouy calling them “a logical musical expression of the bewilderment and anarchy of London’s teenagers.”

1966 – The Who perform without Roger at the Starlight Ballroom in Boston. Roger had come down with laryngitis

1966 – Melody Maker carries an ad for Substitute on Reaction records. This issue also features an article titled “Polydor Grab Who and The Atlantic Label”

1967 – The Who play the Palazzetto dello Sport in Rome, Italy

1967 – The Who play the Piper Club in Rome, Italy

1968 – The Who return to Los Angeles and Gold Star studios to finish recording and mixing “Call Me Lightning” and “Little Billy.” Prior to this, they head up to the Hollywood Hills for a photo shoot.

1975 – Variety reports on a marketing test run to find ways to promote the movie of Tommy to non-rock audiences.

1975 – John and his band Ox play the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, Calfornia

1975 – MCA holds a promotional party for the release of the Mad Dog album. Both Pete, in town to promote Tommy: The Movie, and Los Angeles-native Keith attend

1990 – Pete publicly backs a £500,000 appeal to fund a new science, art and technology block for a girls’ school.

1999 – Larry Smith’s Pete Townshend: The Minstrel’s Dilemma, a book analyzing Pete’s writing with and without The Who, is published by Praegar Publishers.

2000 – Roger goes down under performing with the British Rock Symphony at Newcastle Entertainment Centre

2000 – Pete presents Lifehouse Live at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London

2001 – The Who announce that they will not be participating in the planned tribute CD to Sun Records. They blame scheduling conflicts

2002 – Pete Townshend: Music From Lifehouse DVDd: Music From Lifehouse, a video of his 2000 concert at Sadler’s Wells, is released on DVD and VHS in the U.S.

2004 – Rolling Stone reports that two new Who songs, “Real Good Looking Boy” and “Old Red Wine” will be released in March on the compilation CD Then & Now. They also report that Pete has “finished five backing tracks” that Roger will soon complete with vocals

2006 – The Bristol Evening Post runs a story about Jean O’Brien, a mother who still carries a scar on her face after Pete popped a guitar string onstage at the Locarno Ballroom in July 1966. Brave lass she is as she has plans to see The Who again at their upcoming show in Bristol.

2007 – The Who play the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California

2008 – The CD Corner Stone Cues Presents: “Eton Path” is released featuring an orchestral cover of “Underture”

2013 – The Who play the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island

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