September 29, 2020

Today in Whostory: 5/23/2020

1963 – The Detours play at the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1964 – Jan and Dean’s LP “Dead Man’s Curve” hits the charts. It becomes a Keith favorite from which he will pull the duo’s arraignment of “Bucket T” for The Who to cover in 1966. You can listen to Jan and Dean’s version of “Bucket T” here and The Who’s version here

1965 – The Who pre-record an appearance on Thank Your Lucky Stars miming to “Anyway Anyhow Anywhere.” The show will be broadcast on the 29th of May

1966 – The Who play the Locarno Ballroom in Blackburn, Lancashire using the opening bands drummer in Keith’s absence.

1967 – John’s broken finger was causing him a lot of pain and so a recording session at City of London Studios meant that The Who could only put down backing tracks to John’s composition ‘Someone’s Coming’. But they did manage to record a one-minute jingle for American radio endorsing General Foods’ instant milkshake called Great Shakes with Keith on lead vocals and John limited to trumpet. The jingle appeared as a hidden coda track on 2009’s deluxe edition of The Who Sell Out. You can listen to “Great Shakes” on YouTube here

1967 – “Pictures of Lily” enters Sweden’s Kv√§llstoppen charts and peaks at #11.

1969 – The Who play the first of two nights at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1969 – Track Records comes out with the Tommy LP in Britain. Melody Maker picks it as “Pop LP of the Month” and Record Mirror calls it “one of the most incredible feats ever accomplished in music.” However, Richard Green in New Musical Express pans the record. “Pretentious is too strong a word; maybe over-ambitious is the right term, but sick certainly does apply.” Obviously few take his words to heart as the album goes to #2 in the U.K. charts

1969 – Track Records releases the Tommy LP in Britain. Melody Maker picks it as “Pop LP of the Month” and Record Mirror calls it “one of the most incredible feats ever accomplished in music.” However, Richard Green in New Musical Express pans the record. “Pretentious is too strong a word; maybe over-ambitious is the right term, but sick certainly does apply.” Obviously few take his words to heart as the album goes to #2 in the U.K. charts

1970 – Record Mirror has an interview with John where he discusses the current recordings.

1970 – Track Records releases five LP’s at 99p each called Backtrack that feature a variety of old Who material mixed with other Track acts. Backtrack 3 will contain the first true stereo mixes of “Disguises”, “Run Run Run” and “I’m a Boy” released in the U.K

1970 – New Musical Express, which has a cover advertisement for Live At Leeds, carries a picture of Pete, Graham Nash and Tiny Tim singing together for the residents of a handicapped children’s home in Britain.

1971 – The Who play Caird Hall in Dundee, Angus, Scotland

1974 – The “Tommy’s Holiday Camp” sequence with Keith Moon riding the organ is filmed at Fort Purbrook, Portsmouth You can watch the scene on YouTube here

1975 – The album Flash Fearless Versus The Zorg Women Parts 5 & 6 is released. The Rocky Horror Show-inspired musical by Dave Pierce and Steve Hammond has John Entwistle on bass throughout. In addition, John sings one of the songs, “To the Chop” and he drags Keith Moon in to do a couple of seconds of his Robert Newton impression on the otherwise Alice Cooper-sung “Space Pirates”. Future Who member Kenney Jones drums on four of the tracks. The commercial failure of the album stalls plans to produce the musical onstage until a short run in 1981

1975 – Keith’s one solo album Two Sides of The Moon gets its release in the U.K. It gets a favorable review in Melody Maker, but is blasted by Roy Carr in New Musical Express. The album does not appear in the U.K. charts. Keith, meanwhile, spends the day jetting to Cannes where Tommy: The Movie is shown as the closing film of the festival

1975 – Roger is finally free from the filming of Ken Russell’s insane biopic Lisztomania and returns to London to record the vocals for the new Who album. “Blue Red and Grey,” a Pete demo with horns added by John, is finished as well as “Dreaming from the Waist” and “Success Story”

1981 – Germany’s Polydor releases Phases, the first box set retrospective of The Who consisting of My Generation, A Quick One, The Who Sell Out, Tommy, Live At Leeds, Who’s Next, Quadrophenia, The Who By Numbers and Who Are You. The records have the original album sleeves and insert materials (except for the psychedelic poster for The Who Sell Out) and generally feature high-quality sound

2000 – Redline Entertainment releases the CD Lifehouse Elements at Best Buy stores. The CD is a condensed version of Pete’s recent 6-CD Lifehouse Chronicles set with one addition, Pete’s demo for “New Song”

2000 – Sherie Rene Scott releases her CD Men I’ve Had featuring covers of “Squeeze Box”, “Let My Love Open The Door”, and “Bargain”.

Listen to “Squeeze Box” here
Listen to “Let My Love Open The Door” here
Listen to “Bargain” here

2000 – The Dropkick Murphy’s Mob Mentality is released with a cover of “The Kids Are Alright”. Listen to it on YouTube here

2005 – The 1982 television version of The Beggar’s Opera starring Roger as MacHeath, is released on DVD in the U.K.

2005 – The Buff Medways release their single “Medway Wheelers” with a cover of the finale of “A Quick One While He’s Away” on the flipside. You can listen to it on YouTube here

2006 – The Who: Live From Toronto DVD from the December 17, 1982 concert is released in the U.S

2007 – The Who play the Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, South Yorkshire

2012 – Roger attends the star-packed Celebration of Arts event at the Royal Academy of Arts. The Queen is there along with leading lights in Britain’s musical, acting and fashion fields.

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