1964 – That morning The Who audition for Chris Parmeinter of Fontana Records in a basement café on the Edgware Road. Parmeinter is impressed by Pete, Roger and John, but does not care for drummer Doug Sandom. Doug announced his departure, but agreed to serve out the scheduled shows for the weekend.
From there, The Who go to Studio S2 at Broadcasting House to audition for an appearance on the BBC Light Programme.
1965 – The Who play Stamford Hall in Altrincham, Cheshire
1965 – “I Can’t Explain” reaches its New Musical Express chart peak at #10. It had been released almost three months before.
1966 – The Who play the Pavilion Gardens Ballroom in Buxton, Derbyshire
1966 – Hugh Vanes photographs Pete having an elegant breakfast while perusing the latest NME…then shoots John and Keith sharing fags and brekkies at the diner The Boiling Kettle
1966 – “Substitute” enters the Dutch charts while “My Generation” reaches its peak at #13 in the Detroit, Michigan area.
1967 – The Who play the Thalia-Teater in Wuppertal, West Germany
1969 – The Who continue rehearsing their new Tommy-centered act at the Community Centre, Westcott Crescent in Hanwell
1974 – Keith joins Ringo Starr and Jim Keltner, all playing drums during the recording of “Rock Around The Clock” and “Loop De Loop” for the John Lennon-produced Harry Nilsson album Pussycats. Keith also plays congas on “Mucho Mungo”/”Mt. Elga” and Chinese wood blocks on “All My Life.” Paul McCartney drops by for the session and he and Lennon are photographed together for the last time by Dougal.
Listen to “Rock Around The Clock’ on youtube here
1975 – A single is released from Keith Moon’s solo album. “Solid Gold” backed with the John Lennon-penned “Move Over Ms. L,” hits the racks in North America. It fails to chart. you can hear “Solid Gold” on youtube here and “Move Over Ms. L” here
1979 – The Who, now with John “Rabbit” Bundrick on keyboards and Kenney Jones on drums, begin rehearsing their stage act. Over the next two-and-a-half weeks they rehearse for a total of six days. The rehearsals are filmed by the BBC as part of a feature on the programme Nationwide and footage of The Who rehearsing “Who Are You” and “Sister Disco” are later released on the 30 Years Of Maximum R&B video.