September 30, 2020

Today in Whostory: 6/11/2020

1965 – The Who play the Co-op Ballroom in Nuneaton

1966 – Billboard lists “Substitute” as #2 in the Netherlands and #6 in South Africa. They stay in those positions on the next week’s charts.

1968 – The Who are supposed to play the St. John’s College Ball at Cambridge with Spooky Tooth and Scaffold supporting. They cancel at the last minute claiming Keith is sick. Actually they are at the Walthamstow dog-racing track shooting publicity photos for “Dogs.” They are photographed with “Yellow Printer” whose name is parodied as “Gallop Winter” in the song. The Student Union representative from St. John’s College, Peter Rudge, travels to London to scream at Kit Lambert over the cancellation and ends up with a job offer

1969 – Thunderclap Newman’s “Something In The Air,” produced by Pete and with him on bass guitar, hits the British charts. The single will ultimately make #1 there

1971 – Beach Boy Dennis Wilson puts his hand through a window severing tendons. Needing a drummer for their November 1971 tour and knowing how keen Keith is on it, The Beach Boys offer him the temporary assignment. Preparations for the forthcoming Who’s Next tour keeps Keith from his dream job.

1973 – John and his band “Rigor Mortis” record an appearance on The Old Grey Whistle Test. It was broadcast the following day

1974 – The Who play the second of four dates at Madison Square Garden in New York. Pete smashes a Les Paul. Golden Earring is the opening band.

1974 – Ken Russell is filming part of the “Bernie’s Holiday Camp” sequence for the Tommy movie at the South Parade Pier in Portsmouth. Somehow a fire starts and the pier burns down. Footage of the burning pier makes its way into the final film

1977 – Roger’s solo album One Of The Boys is released in the U.S. “Written In The Wind” is dropped in favor of “Say It Ain’t So Joe.” The album also contains an offer for a holographic pendant showing a 3-D bust of Roger. Ira Robbins in Crawdaddy says the LP has more good material than the last two Roger solo albums combined. Records and Recordings says Roger’s voice is strong enough to put over weak material while Stephen Holden in Circus says the album never rises above the mediocre. It peaks at #46.

1986 – Roger and John travel to New York to cheer Richard Branson on to victory in the Pride Of Britain Boat Race. Afterwards, they attend a Virgin Records party at the Water Club in New York.

1987 – The Pinner Obeserver carries a story titled “Rocking back the years…” in which John visits the Railways Hotel in Wealdstone

2002 – The U.S. version of The Who’s Ultimate Collection is released on CD. It peaks at #31 on the Billboard charts.

2002 – David Bowie’s new album Heathen is released including the song “Slow Burn” featuring one of the very best Pete Townshend guest guitar performances. Listen to it on YouTube here

2007 – The Who play the Arena di Verona in Verona

2007 – The compilation album The Who Then and Now is re-released in the U.K. with “Summertime Blues” and “Old Red Wine” removed and “Baba O’Riley” and “It’s Not Enough” in their place.

2012 – Two pieces from the orchestral version of Quadrophenia premiere at Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s Southbank. Pete Townshend and Jeff Beck attend to play guitar on “Love Reign O’er Me”. Pete’s future wife Rachel Fuller provides the arrangements.

2016 – The Who play at the Isle of Wight festival

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