October 1, 2020

Today in Whostory: 9/17/2020

1965 – The Who play The Gaiety Ballroom in Grimsby, Lincolnshire

1966 – Disc and Music Echo says The Who are halfway through recording their new album that will include the songs “Disguises,” “Happy Jack” and “King Rabbit.” In the same issue Pete says that he was the first guitarist to deliberately use guitar feedback and he is upset when he hears credit given to The Beatles or The Yardbirds.

1966 – Roger is interviewed in the Record Mirror and says The Who have already recorded the tracks “So Sad About Us,” “Heat Wave” and his favorite track “Disguises,” all intended for The Who’s forthcoming LP. Pete reviews The Beach Boys’ landmark album Pet Sounds in the same issue of Record Mirror. Despite his recent remarks (2011), at the time he didn’t care for it calling it “too remote and way-out. It’s written for a feminine audience.

1967 – The Who return to London after two months in North America. John borrows $100 to fly home first class. Two months of touring opening for The Herman’s Hermits paid The Who $40,000. By the time they return home they have burned through all that and are now $5000 in debt. Chris Stamp invites Pete to the Track Records office where Chris has put together a preliminary track list for The Who’s first LP on the new label. Pete says it needs more songs “and more time away from Keith Moon and Holiday Inns to write them.”

1969 – According to various sources, the Melody Maker Pop Poll Winners awards were held at the Waldorf Hotel in London. Barrie Wentzell might have photographed The Who at this event (or at a party after).

“The Who, 1969, Melody Maker Awards, unknown hotel in London. Every year the Melody Maker readers would vote for their favourite artist, band, group, etc., and we would have a poll winners’ party in a swish hotel with Jimmy Savile or John Peel hosting and giving out the awards. This year The Who won as best band, and I took some snaps of this happy band celebrating. Derek Taylor from Apple Records was there and invited us to come over to Savile Row as he had “something wonderful” to share with us. This turned out to be us lounging in the Apple office drinking champagne, smoking the best while listening to the yet to be released “Abbey Road” album! © Barrie Wentzell”

There are a couple of “problems” with all of this. First of all, the awards weren’t announced until the 20th. While they might have had the award party prior to the poll winners announcement, Melody Maker didn’t report on the event until the next issue (27th).

Another problem with Barrie Wentzell’s description is that The Who did not win, they placed 9th. They did fare better with Tommy (2nd – behind Cream’s “Goodbye”), and Pinball Wizard (5th).

The last “problem” is that John’s mustache. While he could have cut it the way photographed again in September, he was known to wear this style in the April/May timeframe.

Barrie’s description of an after party with “Abbey Road” would make sense in September as it was released in late September (soon after this party)

1970 – The Who play the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam

1976 – Ron Wood & Ronnie Lane’s soundtrack to the movie Mahoney’s Last Stand is released featuring Pete playing percussion on “Car Radio” and guitar on “Tonight’s Number.” Meanwhile Pete and Ronnie Lane begin recording demos this month for an upcoming Lane solo album to be produced by Pete. The album will eventually turn into the Townshend/Lane album Rough Mix
You can listen to Tonight’s Number here

1977 – Pete and Ronnie Lane discuss their new album and their love of Meher Baba in Melody Maker. Pete also blasts the punk rock group The Stranglers who had been critical of The Who

1979 – The Who play Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. Pete cuts his hand on his guitar and leaves the stage. Roger straps a guitar on and begins a jam until Pete can get bandaged up and return.

1991 – The Disney-created youth music group The Party releases their CD In The Meantime, In Between Time featuring a cover of “My Generation”. You can listen to it on YouTube here

1994 – Roger and John continue with the orchestral Daltrey Sings Townshend tour performing in Atlanta, Georgia at Chastain Park. The rest of Roger’s tour, with the next date in South Florida, is cancelled due to Roger’s health problems

1996 – The John Entwistle Band begins recording three new songs, “Left for Dead,” “I Wouldn’t Sleep With You,” and “Endless Vacation.” The first (in a later re-recording) and last will end up on the Music for Van-Pires CD. While staying at John’s house for the on-site recording, drummer Steve Luongo supplies an internet diary of the sessions. In two instances John sends e-mails to the Who’s internet fans. He dubs the upcoming U.S. tour of Quadrophenia the “Quadraderilict” tour. You can read John’s e-mails here and here. Recording sessions end on the 23rd.

1997 – John joins Mountain onstage at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire to play “You Really Got Me” during the encore

2000 – The Showtime cable channel premieres the biopic Hendrix. Mark Holmes plays Pete and Nigel Graham plays Roger.

2002 – The Who play the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California

2002 – The Flaming Lips release their CD Finally The Punk Rockers Are Taking Acid 1983-1988 with a bonus track cover of “Anyway, Anyhow Anywhere.”

2002 – President Bush appears to quote The Who in a speech at the East Literature Magnet School in Nashville, Tennessee. “There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.” The following week Alex Burns would feature his quote into his comic strip “Access Atlanta”

2007 – The Dear Mr. Fantasy DVD is released in the U.K. featuring a live Pete performance of “No Face No Name No Number.” The U.S. release is the next day.

2011 – Roger plays the Agganis Arena in Boston

2016 – The Who play the Unipol Arena in Bologna, Italy

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