September 20, 2020

Today in Whostory: 4/22/2020

1963 – The Detours play the White Hart Hotel in Acton

1965 – The Who play the Waterfront Club at the Cliff Hotel in Southhampton

1966 – The Who play the Odeon Cinema in Derby

1967 – The Who’s first single on Track records, Pictures of Lily” backed with “Doctor, Doctor” is released. It reaches #4 in the UK.

1967 – Melody Maker announces that The Who have been signed to support Herman’s Hermits on a U.S. tour that summer. In the meantime, The Who will go back in the studio on the 26th and 28th to record more tracks for their next album to be called “Who’s Lily?” One track they list as already recorded is Pete’s “Glittering Girl.” that will not be officially released until 1995.

1967 – New Musical Express carries a full page ad for “Pictures of Lily” as well as a review of the single titled “Intriguing Who: A Sure Hit!”

1969 – The Who play the Bolton Institute of Technology social at the Casino Club in Bolton, Lancashire

1972 – Melody Maker prints an interview with a surprisingly sober Keith. Chris Charlesworth conducts the interview. The interview is available in the book “The Who – Uncensored on The Record”

1972 – “Behind Blue Eyes” backed with “Going Mobile” enters the Dutch charts and peaks at #27

1973 – The programme Roadies, featuring The Who and their performance in Stockholm August 23rd, 1972, is shown on Swedish TV.

1974 – The filming of Tommy begins.. The first scenes are interiors at Harefield Grove, a country estate in Middlesex, and involve Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Robert Powell and Barry Winch. Pete watches on set for changes which would require re-writing of the score

1976 – Rolling Stone magazine carries an article titled “The Who on Tour: Leaps and Faints”

1977 – Keith checks back into Cedars-Sinai for further treatment for his alcoholism and drug abuse

1977 – The first single from the One of The Boys album, “Written on the Wind” backed with “Dear John,” is released in Europe. The delicate ballad, released just as punk rock becomes the rage in the U.K., stalls at #46 in the charts. The song will be dropped for the North American and Dutch release of the album.

1980 – The Who play the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah

1993 – The Who’s Tommy opens on Broadway at the St. James Theater. Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle attend along with a large number of celebrities. Frank Rich raves about it in the next day’s New York Times calling it “the authentic rock musical that has eluded Broadway for two generations.”
Watch a clip of the celebrity arrivals on YouTube here
You can listen to a radio show from the event here

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