October 17, 2021

Today in Whostory: 3/14/2021

1963 – The Detours play Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1964 – Melody Maker cites The Who in an article about the burgeoning R&B scene. It is the first national press mention of The Who. The same issue also has an ad for Marshall Amps citing The Who as clients.

1965 – The Who play Starlite Ballroom in Greenford

1969 – The Who play the Corn Exchange in Cambridge

1969 – The Who pre-tape an appearance on BBC 1’s How Late It Is miming to “Pinball Wizard.”, broadcast later that night

1975 – Roger is interviewed in his dressing room at Shepperton for The Old Grey Whistle Test

1975 – MCA sends U.S. radio stations the promotional LP Who’s Ox. Side one contains Who songs written by John while side two has John solo songs

1975 – The U.S. Navy Recruiting Office puts out a two-LP set called Sounds Like The Navy. It contains an interview with Keith Moon conducted by Los Angeles DJ Sam Riddle. Keith plays Who songs and cuts from his new solo album

1975 – A double A-side single from the Tommy: The Movie soundtrack is released worldwide. “Listening To You/See Me, Feel Me” by Roger Daltrey, The Who and chorus is paired with the non-LP track “Overture from Tommy” performed by Pete. The single fails to chart in the U.S. or U.K.

1976 – The Who play the Saint Paul Civic Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The show was originally scheduled for March 12, but postponed after Keith fell ill in Boston on the 1st

1977 – John “Wiggy” Wolff opens his “Light Fantastic” show at London’s Royal Academy of Art showing his work with lasers that began with the 1975 Who shows. Youtube has a video from the show here

1978 – The Who again return to the recording of the Who Are You album. Pete’s “Guitar And Pen” is recorded at Ramport Studios, London and RAK Studios and John’s “Trick Of The Light” is recorded this day and the next at RAK. Also around this time John’s “905” is recorded.

1980 – Pete releases his first completely solo single, “Rougn Boys” in the U.K. “And I Moved” is on the B-side. It will peak at #39, Pete’s only Top Forty solo hit in the U.K.

1981 – The Who play the first of two nights at the Gaumont Cinema in Southampton, Hampshire

1982 – John joins Ringo Starr during sessions for his Old Wave album at Startling Studios, Tittenhurst Park in London. Also along for the jam session are Eric Clapton, Ray Cooper and Joe Walsh. They produce the mostly instrumental “Everybody’s in a Hurry But Me”
You can listen to it on youtube here

1996 – The John Entwistle Band play Park West in Chicago, Illinois

2007 – Pete makes a “surprise” guest appearance during Ian McLagan’s show during the Austin Music Awards show

2007 – Pete is the keynote speaker at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. He uses the address to announce the successful completion of The Method, the computer software program Pete imagined in 1970 that would turn fans’ personal information into musical sequences. Designed by mathematician and musician Lawrence Ball, the software will present applicants, called “sitters” with a series of questions that will then return a musical phrase that will belong to the sitter. A further press conference is announced for April 25th

2016 – The Who play the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2018 – Roger premiers his new song, “As Long As I Have You”