October 27, 2021

Today in Whostory: 9/19/2020

1963 – The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1964 – The Who play the Trade Union Hall in Watford

1964 – Marvin Gaye’s new single “Baby Don’t You Do It” hits the U.S. charts. It will soon enter The Who’s repertoire

1965 – The Who play the Savoy Ballroom in Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire

1966 – The Daily Mirror features a short story about Roger and “Mouse”

1970 – Melody Maker carries an article entitled “Doctor Who” about Keith sneaking into a hospital after hours to visit Who publicist Brian Sommerville. The issue also contains the 2nd “The Pete Townshend Page” called “Another fight in the playground.” Pete discusses the negative coverage of the 1970 Isle of Wight festival and also the idea of the “Universal Chord” that will be at the center of the Lifehouse plot.You can read the Pete Townshend Page here

1970 – Cash Box in the U.S. carries an ad from Decca Records offering a free Who poster to record dealers to encourage them to stock The Who’s back catalog.

1977 – The Who reunite at Ramport Studios in London to begin rehearsals for the Who Are You album

1981 – Billboard magazine publishes a massive advertising section dedicated to The Who with messages from labels, management and even Paul and Linda McCartney

1982 – MTV airs a film made to promote Pete’s All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes. It contains several videos shot at Pete’s home and in his neighborhood.

1985 – The Hastings Observer reports that a BBC film crew will be visiting the town for the next seven weeks to shoot an adaptation of Nigel Hinton’s book Buddy. Buddy’s father will be played by Roger.

1989 – Timothy White’s Rock Stars radio program is broadcast featuring an interview with Pete. He airs a new demo called “Penny Drop”. The interview, in print form the next year, will be the basis for the “Pete Is Gay” rumor.

2000 – Roger attends the 2000 PETA Awards in Los Angeles

2002 – The Who play the Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Englewood, Colorado

2002 – Roger is quoted in the Dallas Morning News saying he is listening to Eminem’s CD The Eminem Show and declaring it “genius.”

2004 – Roger reviews Brian Wilson’s finally completed album Smile for the Observer on Sunday. He says it gives him “musical courage.”

2006 – The Who play Madison Square Gardens in New York City, New York

2016 – The Who play the Mediolanum Forum in Milan, Italy