September 20, 2020

Today in Whostory: 5/01/2020

1965 – The Who play the College of Art and Technology in Leicester. At the show a film student named Richard Stanley projects films onto The Who as they perform. Pete strikes up a friendship with the young man and will go on to collaborate on several films with Stanley.

1965 – Pop Weekly features The Who as one of its “Chart Challengers” while “I Can’t Explain” stays at #16 in their “Top Thirty”

1966 – The Who make their only appearance at one of the New Musical Express Poll Winners concerts at the Empire Pool in Wembley. They played two songs, “Substitute” and “My Generation.” The incredible line up for this concert also includes The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, The Spencer Davis Group, Dusty Springfield, Herman’s Hermits, Cliff Richard, Sounds Incorporated, The Alan Price Set, Crispian St. Peters, The Overlanders, The Seekers, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, The Shadows, The Walker Brothers, Roy Orbison and, in their last concert appearance in the U.K., The Beatles. According to Alan Smith in New Musical Express‘ review, there was one band that stood out among these great talents: “I don’t know that it was music; it was more like watching violence put to rhythm. But unquestionably, [The Who] stood out as the most remarkable appearance of the second half and I say this even though the Rolling Stones and The Beatles were to follow.” The show is videotaped and broadcast on ITV on the 8th and 15th. Rumors still circulate that a copy of this show exists but it has never gone public since its initial broadcast.

1967 – During this week the U.S. Army radio program The In Sound broadcasts a short interview with Pete. The program is later mentioned in a “commercial” on The Who Sell Out.

1967 – The May issue of Beat Instrumental features “Sounds I Like By Britain’s Top Drummers”

1968 – The Daily Express features a story titled “Revealed today — The Who family secrets” by Judith Simons

1969 – The Who play Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho, London. Chris Welch of Melody Maker later said the sound was so loud, his ears rang for 20 hours afterwards. Disc magazine headlines the performance: “Who’s Tommy: A Masterpiece”.

1970 – The Who play the Great Hall at the University of Exeter in Exeter, Devonshire. Mighty Baby opened.

1974 – The Who spend two days of rehearsals at Shepperton Studios for their upcoming film appearances.

1981 – The second single from The Who’s Face Dances album is released in Europe. “Don’t Let Go The Coat” backed with “You” peaks at #47 on the British charts

1984 – The press reports that Pete has purchased an eel barge for conversion into a floating studio. Most of White City, The Iron Man and Psychoderelict will be recorded on board.

1995 – Filming begins on the movie Bad English 1: Tales Of A Son Of A Brit in London and Baltimore with Roger, Olivia Hussey and Dennis Christopher.

1997 – The Who play the Stadhalle in Vienna, Austria

2000 – The world premiere of the football biopic Best at Waterfront Hall in Belfast. Roger co-stars as rowdy footballer Rodney Marsh and sings “House of the Rising Sun”.

2002 – Gary Wharton puts out the book Chasing the Wind: A Quadrophenia Anthology, a guide to the film, the cast and the production of the 1979 cult classic.

2004 – Sydow Karl’s picture book Bass Culture: The John Entwistle Collection is published by Sanctuary in the U.K

2006 – Justin Kreuzman’s documentary John Entwistle: An Ox’s Tale is released on DVD in Japan and the U.K. The U.S. DVD release follows on August 22

2006 – Olle Lundin and Kjell Malmberg publish their follow-up to The Who in Sweden, The Who in Denmark & Norway & Finland.

2007 – Tom Wright’s memoir Roadwork: Rock & Roll Turned Inside Out is published giving many details on his involvement with Pete and The Who.

2009 – Ed Roman releases his CD My Roman Empire ROCKS! featuring a cover of “I Can See for Miles”.

2011 – Pete Townshend makes #47 in The Sunday Times Fifty Richest British People in music. They estimate his personal wealth at £40m

2016 – The Who play the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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