September 20, 2020

Today in Whostory: 7/01/2020

1965 – The Who record “Anyway Anyhow Anywhere” and “Shout and Shimmy” for a special “Ready, Steady, Go!”. The show would be broadcast the following day and also featured Manfred Man, the Ad-Libs, the Majority, Kenny Lynch, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore Trio and the Nina Simone Trio.

With great luck a kinescope of this show survives and “Anyway Anyhow Anywhere” is later used in The Kids Are Alright and many other Who documentaries. The other song they perform that night, “Shout and Shimmy,” has so far only appeared on the 1984 videotape Ready Steady Go! Volume 2.

1965 – The July issue of Rave magazine features “Cathy’s Column” in which Cathy McGowen, “Ready Steady Go Girl”, talks about Pop Art. “There’s even a Pop Art group — The Who — who are as popular now in the clubs as The Rolling Stones were when they first started. They play at The Marquee in Soho and on Tuesdays you have to get there by seven-thirty if you want to get in!”

Roger is also quoted in “Tan Tips From The Stars” – “Until I get the chance of a holiday in Hawaii. A sun lamp”

1966 – The Who are scheduled to play a “Beat Dance” at the Winter Garden in Eastbourne but instead send a Robert Stigwood employee to read a telegram saying engine failure on their plane is to blame for their absence. Everyone gets a refund although there is no way to give one to three girls who won an evening with Keith in a competition.

1967 – Disc magazine reports that The Who are continuing work on their next album, “Who’s Lily?”, that will feature eight Pete-written tracks with the remainder written by other group members.

1967 – “Pictures of Lily” reaches its peak on the German charts at #5

1967 – The July issue of Beat Instrumental carries a feature titled “Sounds I Like By Britain’s Top Bassmen”, a photo of Pete and Roger at De Lane Lea, and BI’s Chart Fax has “Pictures of Lily” at #5.

1967 – New Musical Express carries an article titled “Who, Jimi win high praise”; a review of Monterrey Pop Festival. Also covered is John’s wedding and Pete’s plan to produce The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown

1969 – During this month The Track Records compilation album The House That Track Built is released in the U.K. only. Included on the disc is an out-take from Tommy, a studio recording of Mose Allison’s “Young Man Blues”, that will remain otherwise unreleased for decades

1970 – The Who play the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, Illinois

1970 – This month’s Jazz & Pop carries an interview with Pete. He talks about how much he hated Woodstock and compares The Who to The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin

1971 – The Who play the Assembly Hall in Worthing, Sussex

1972 – Keith begins the month continuing to follow the Sha Na Na tour to Europe to act as compère. However, at the taping of a TV special in Knokke, Belgium, Keith tries a double somersault and jackknife onstage and ends up landing offstage. He spends three days partially recovering in a Belgian hospital.

1974 – The Tommy movie shoot begins four days filming in Keswick in the Lake District, Cumbria

1975 – During this month the third and last single from Keith’s solo album Two Sides Of The Moon is released. As with the previous two, “Crazy Like a Fox” backed with the Beatles song “In My Life” fails to chart. Despite this, Keith begins work on his never-to-be-completed second solo album later this month in Los Angeles

1977 – The John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett LP is released in the U.K. It features the tracks “Murder Man,” “If I Did,” “Louisa On A Horse” and “Misty Mountain” all with bass and production by Pete recorded in 1973. It fails to chart

1980 – The July issue of Creem magazine features a device of Face Dances

1984 – Roger is interviewed for Musician magazine by Chris Salewicz who remarks that Roger still does not seem reconciled to Pete’s disbanding The Who: “I feel his reasons for leaving the Who don’t really hold water. The real reason, I think, was not that he couldn’t come up with the songs but that he just didn’t want to play with us any longer. He was bored.”

1987 – During this month Roger’s LP Can’t Wait To See The Movie is released along with a single with the A-side from the movie The Lost Boys, a cover of Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” backed with “The Heart Has Its Reasons.” In interviews at the time, Roger says he abandoned the traditional Who sound for a more modern and accessible style. Apparently it is not what buyers want from him as neither single nor LP make the charts.

1991 – Pete, Roger and John meet to decide on a song to record for an upcoming Elton John tribute CD. Roger presses for “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)” and ultimately gets his way. Pete however, in a nod to Elton’s inclusion of “I Can’t Explain” in the middle of his version of “Pinball Wizard,” includes a bit of “Take Me to the Pilot” in the middle of The Who’s cover. The Who do not record it together. Pete and drummer Simon Phillips record their part at Eel Pie Studios. Producer Jon Astley is displeased with Simon’s work and replaces it with a programmed drum machine. The track is then sent off to Revolution Studios for Roger and John to lay in their parts. While there they are filmed for a music video and interview segments to be included in a later video release. Although John has more than a decade of life left, this track will end up being the last studio recording of The Who with John.

1995 – During this month Ollie Lundin’s picture and reminiscences book The Who in Sweden is published by Squeeze Books. Included with the book is a CD of Who covers by 60’s Swedish bands

1995 – Roger and Simon Townshend travel to Australia to promote a continuation of his “A Celebration Of Pete Townshend” tour, now to be called the “Who’s Coming?” tour. A five date tour is set for mid-October and tickets are sold before Roger discovers the tour would put him £200,000 in the red and cancels it.

1997 – Keith Moon’s solo album Two Sides Of The Moon is released on CD with additional tracks from his unreleased second album.

2000 – The Who play the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey

2000 – On the last day of June, at the Roskilde Music Festival in Denmark, nine music fans are trampled and crushed to death during a Pearl Jam show. Rright before The Who’s concert at the P.N.C. Bank Arts Center Pete talks on the phone to Pearl Jam’s singer Eddie Vedder, consoling him and giving him pointers about how to handle the tragedy, so eerily similar to the one in Cincinnati over twenty years before.

2001 – During this month Eyewitness: The Who: The Day-by-Day Chronicle Told Through Eyewitness Accounts Of Friends, Family and Fellow Musicians compiled by Johnny Black is published.

2002 – The Who, or “The Two” as the press dubs them, begin their 2002 North American tour at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. A special photo montage is added to the end of the show in remembrance of John Entwistle. Top-rated session bassist Pino Palladino joins The Who as bassist-for-hire. Pete and Roger manage to get through the show but both later talk about how upset they were. Pete: “When I looked over there and he wasn’t there, I wanted to die.

2009 – Bloomberg News reports that three traders have started a government-bond hedge fund called 5:15 Capital Management LLC in honor of The Who song from Quadrophenia. The fund closes less than four years later.

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