October 31, 2020

Today in Whostory: 9/24/2019

1966 – Roger has a “Pop Think-In” in Melody Maker. He declares his respect for fast cars, The Beach Boys, John, Pete and The Beatles, his attraction to Mick Jagger and his lack of respect for Playboy bunnies, the Windsor Festival, Carnaby Street, pills, parents and “all films with birds.”

1966 – Pete reviews that week’s singles chart in Disc & Music Echo. He calls The Mindbenders’ “Ashes To Ashes,” “so nothing I can’t remember it,” Otis Reddings’ “I Can’t Turn You Loose,” “the worst record in the chart,” and the New Vaudeville Band’s “Winchester Cathedral,” “rubbish.” Meanwhile, in the same issue, Keith answers readers’ questions.

1966 – Former Animal Chas Chandler lands in the U.K. with his new American discovery, guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Sometime during the next few days, according to John, Jimi gives a performance at a local club accompanied by John on bass

1966 – I’m A Boy” enters the Dutch charts where it will peak at #5. “I’m a Boy” and “The Kids Are Alright” enter the Tio i Topp Swedish charts, the former peaking at #3, the latter at #2.

1970 – Dick Fontaine premieres his film Double Pisces, Scorpio Rising at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. The soundtrack features Pete’s demo of “I Don’t Even Know Myself” as well as the otherwise unreleased instrumental “Piledriver.” The film is part of a screening of movies by the Tattooist group that also includes Richard Stanley’s music video for “The Seeker.”

1976 – Polydor Records releases The Story of The Who worldwide except in the U.S. and Canada. The “story” is a bit limited as none of the 1965 tracks produced by Shel Talmy are included and neither are any tracks from Quadrophenia. Nevertheless the album reaches #2 in the U.K. charts. To promote the album, The Sun runs a contest to “Win The Who’s Pinball Machine” to be presented personally by John

1979 – In The Village Voice, Frank Rose says he’s not impressed with The Who’s added horn section, but believes The Who have enough energy to impress young fans. Article name: “Pete Townshend gets old before he dies”.

1981 – Pete writes to Who manager Bill Curbishley saying he needs time off. Bill writes back the next day: “I feel it is definitely for the best, and I think you need a complete break of two or three months. Some sailing, tennis, sunshine wouldn’t go amiss, and no dope, booze or [nighclubbing]. No London or New York and most of all you have to mean it.”

1987 – The Who fanzine The Relay reports that Faber & Faber employee Pete is working with one of the publisher’s clients, poet Ted Hughes, on a musical adaptation of Hughes’ children’s book The Iron Man. They also report that Pete has put aside a planned solo album, a dance album made up of originals and covers.

2000 – The Who play the Mars Music Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida

2000 – After a week in the sun in Florida, Pete begins writing a radio play called The Boy Who Heard Music. The story climaxes at a benefit rock concert after New York City is attacked by terrorists.

2002 – The Who play the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota

2005 – Pete publishes “Chapter 1: Prologue — The Note” from The Boy Who Heard Music on his blog. Positive comments from fans in the blog will encourage Pete to begin writing more songs based on the story.

2010 – Roger is interviewed on thewho.com. He says it was Pete Townshend’s decision not to perform “It’s Not Enough” from the album Endless Wire live: “Pete said it had no dynamic…it’s just a rant.”

2011 – Roger plays the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut

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