September 20, 2020

Today in Whostory: 4/13/2020

1963 – The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1964 – The Who play the 100 Club in London opening for the Mike Cotton Sound. This would be Doug Sandom’s final appearance with The Who.

1964 – Pete writes a letter to the BBC apologizing for applying twice for a position on the BBC Light Programme, once as The Detours and once as The Who. He confirms that they are now called The Who.

1965 – The Who play The Marquee Club in London

1967 – The Who play Circus-Krone-Bau in Munich. Footage of John sitting on his amps while the Who perform is used in the concluding credits of The Kids Are Alright.

1967 – The Who get a beer buzz visiting the Löwenbräu Brewery in Munich. They are photographed raising a pint by Dezo Hoffman. Hoffman also shoots promotional photos of The Who “playing” in the woods while Stanley and Morphet film their antics.

1969 – The New York Times Magazine contains literary criticism of rock lyrics. One song discussed is “Substitute”.

1970 – The Who go into IBC Studios, London to record new studio versions of their stage act for later broadcast on the BBC. Paul Williams is the producer. The tracks are “Heaven and Hell”, “Substitute”, “Pinball Wizard,” “Shakin’ All Over/Spoonful,” “I’m Free” and “The Seeker”. It is the last time The Who record tracks specifically for airing on the BBC. Radio fans first hear them on BBC1’s Dave Lee Travis Show of the 19th. “Heaven and Hell” later serves as the basis for the track on the b-side of “Summertime Blues” and four of them are officially released in 2000 on BBC Sessions.

1971 – Les Grands Ballet Canadiens premiere a ballet version of Tommy at New York’s City Center. The performances take place while the 2 LP disc is played over loudspeakers. Clive Barnes in The New York Times finds it better than he expected but unremarkable.

1994 – An exhibit of photos taken by Pete Townshend’s old art school friend Tom Wright is held at The Center for American History at The University of Texas in Austin. Wright was The Who’s official photographer from mid-1967 through 1968. The exhibit continues through April 29th

2008 – The Who play the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington Gore, London

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