Today in Whostory: 9/28/2021
1963 – The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford
1968 – Rolling Stone magazine features an interview with Pete conducted after The Who’s Fillmore West show the in August. This often-reprinted interview details the plot of Pete’s new rock opera, then called “Deaf, Dumb and Blind Boy,” and Pete later has to refer back to the magazine for plot reminders throughout the recording of Tommy. The interview also establishes Pete as rock’s greatest expounder on the new music’s meaning and idealism.You can read the interview here
1968 – Billboard magazine features a full page ad for Decca Records which includes The Who’s Magic Bus
1970 – In Senior Scholastic magazine, Vic Rauseo argues that Tommy is not trying to replace opera but it simply a new musical form.
1970 – Over the next 3 days Pete writes out the scenario for The Who’s next project, the film Lifehouse. “OVERTURE: The farmers — Life — Beauty — Celebration, LIFEHOUSE: The City — Rock — Youth against finance — Individuals working for the whole, GLORIFICATION: They disappear — they triumph, leaving everyone behind.” He sends a copy to co-manager Chris Stamp along with details on how the members of The Who would fit into the movie and how filming might be handled.
1971 – The Who play the Free Trade Hall in Manchester
1971 – Who’s Next enters the Kvällstoppen Swedish sales chart where it will peak at #14.
1974 – Record Mirror publishes an article titled “Who’s Who heads Autumn changes” which states that The Who will be featured on a Radio One documentary starting in October
1974 – Chris Welch previews Odds & Sods for Melody Maker. “…here, for once, the artists are themselves laying bare the torturous process of their evolution…If you have an archive, then this is an essential item for any Who fan”.
1974 – Keith’s “Don’t Worry Baby” backed with “Teenage Idol” is released in the U.S. It gets critically drubbed and hardly sells at all. Keith fires producer Mal Evans as if it were his fault.
1982 – The Who play the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1996 – Showtime premieres the “Roger Corman Presents” movie Vampirella featuring Roger as a vampire. The conclusion has Roger sporting fangs and a cape being chased around the top of a dam.
2000 – The Who play the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Pete, while banging on his guitar, upsets the metal plate in his wrist from his 1991 bicycle accident. He sees a specialist in Atlanta the next day before heading to Cleveland.
2001 – Roger tells the press he has started a worm farm at his 400-acre farm in Etchingham, East Sussex to sell for processing landfills.
2001 – The Who meet in London to discuss when they can all get together in a studio to record a new album
2002 – The Who play the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2005 – Rachel Fuller webcasts another episode of In The Attic. Watch a clip of Rachel’s song “Spin” on YouTube here
2006 – Rachel and Pete have another Attic Jam at the House of Blues in Chicago.
2006 – Pete joins Rose Hill Drive at the end of their set in Chicago, playing “Raise Your Hands” (their song) then jamming for 10 minutes on “Young Man Blues.”
2007 – The German guitarist Axel Rudi Pell releases his CD Diamonds Unlocked with a cover of “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” You can listen to it on YouTube here
2009 – Pete is interviewed on the programme Night Waves on the U.K.’s classical music station BBC Radio 3. A major topic is the influence of auto-destructive artist Gustav Metger who currently has a retrospective of his six-decade artistic career in London
2011 – Roger plays the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa
2020 – Roger announces “TCT Unseen”, a fundraising effort for the Teenage Cancer Trust, where they will broadcast unseen videos from previous years TCT concerts.
2020 – Shel Talmy posts his third article about The Who – “How The Who became superstars – Part 3”
Today in Whostory: 9/27/2021
1963 – The Detours play at the Notre Dame Church Hall in London
1966 – Lambert and Stamp attend a Hendrix performance at the Scotch of St. James Club. Chandler has heard about the Track Records’ startup (Hendrix originally wanted to sign with Decca because The Who were on Decca in the U.S.). After hearing Hendrix play, Lambert and Stamp try to talk him into letting them be his managers but Chandler, naturally, refuses so they sign Hendrix as their first act for Track.
1968 – The Who are at IBC Studios to begin recording Tommy.
1969 – Beat Club shows The Who performing a selection from Tommy, recorded on August 26 thru the 28th
1980 – David Bowie’s LP Scary Monsters hits the British charts. It features Pete playing guitar on the song “Because You’re Young.”. You can listen to it on YouTube here
1991 – The Japanese pop music artists Tomoyasu Hotei releases his CD Guitarhythm Forever Vol. 2 containing a track called “The Light of Quadrophenia”
1994 – Disney releases the home video The Who’s Tommy: The Amazing Journey. You can watch it on YouTube here
1996 – The 2-CD set The Who: Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 is issued by Essential/Castle in the U.K. Despite an ecstatic blurb from Dave Marsh and the first official release of Tommy performed live by The Who with Keith Moon, the CD fails to chart in the U.K. and reaches only #194 in the U.S when it is released in October. The low sales lead The Who to cancel a previously-announced live boxset
2000 – Pete writes a long diary entry called “Dampa Tampa.” Towards the end he levels a stinging attack on Rolling Stone for publishing an article listing all the times Pete had said he would never tour again with The Who: “Between 1982 when I left The Who (with Roger’s uneasy blessing) and last year, there have been two reunions. Count them. Two. That is, one every nine years. Hardly a cynical exercise in comebacks whenever we needed to make money.” In January 2001 the Tampa Bay Times would publish the article
2001 – Pete’s website announces that The Who will perform at Madison Square Garden Oct. 20 as part of Paul McCartney’s benefit concert for New York City’s police, firefighters and their families. On the same day Pete releases the Psychoderelict outtake “There Is No Message In A Broken Heart” on his website. You can listen to it on Spotify here
2002 – The Who play the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts
2005 – Pete records a long video about the song “Pinball Wizard” at his Oceanic Studios in London.
2011 – Roger plays the Place des Arts in Montreal
2017 – Pete is interviewed on the Siriusxm show “Written In My Soul with Bill Flanagan”
Today in Whostory: 9/26/2021
1965 – The Who play the Frderikstorv in Aalborg, Denmark
1965 – The Who play an 8pm show at the Aarhus Hallen in Aarhus…or rather they attempt to. The audience pelts the opening acts with bottles and trash and turns into a rioting mob by the time The Who take the stage. The band makes it through half of one song before fleeing for their lives as the audience storms the stage and smashes the instruments. Pete later calls it “the best concert we ever played in Denmark.”
Backstage Roger angrily blames the others for the group’s problems calling them “pillheads,” at the time an accurate description. Roger grabs Keith’s supply of speed tablets and flushes them down the toilet. Keith goes for Roger’s throat. Security has to be called in to remove the singer’s pummeling fists from the drummer.
1970 – “See Me Feel Me” backed with “Overture From Tommy” hits the U.S. charts. The 16-month old A-side is released to cash in on the popularity of the movie Woodstock and becomes one of The Who’s biggest U.S. hits reaching #12 in Billboard and #8 in Cash Box.
1974 – Pete is interviewed for the first part of a four-part interview program with The Who for BBC Radio 1
1977 – Pete and Ronnie Lane tape an interview to be broadcast on the “Old Grey Whistle Test” the following night
1982 – The Who play Rich Stadium in Orchard Park, New York
1986 – Pete attends the unveiling of the blue plaque for T.S. Eliot at Kensington Court Gardens along with Ted Hughes, Harold Pinter and Antonia Fraser. Pete was invited to the event by Eliot’s widow, Valerie.
1990 – The Best play at Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Japan. The show is broadcast on local television and later released on DVD
1995 – The soundtrack to National Lampoon’s Senior Trip is released. It features Ian Moore performing a cover of “Magic Bus.”
2000 – The Who play the Ice Palace in Tampa, Florida
2005 – Steve Coogan releases the DVD Alan Partridge Presents: The Cream of British Comedy. An extra on the DVD has Steve’s character Alan Partridge interviewing Roger.
2006 – The Who play the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa
2017 – The Who play the Estadio Beira Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil
Today in Whostory: 9/25/2021
1965 – The Who play the KB Hallen in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen
1965 – The Who play Folkets Hus in Helsingor, Denmark
1965 – A Pete interview appears in Melody Maker. “Now I listen to Kenny Burrel, Wes Montgomery, most of the guitarists’ guitarists although I can’t use anything they do.”
1971 – Record Mirror features a story titled “Pitch and bowl for a pig!” about Keith. This issue also carries an article titled “Who’s Next Autumn Tour
1971 – The production master for The Who’s next album, Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy, is compiled at Apple Studios.
1971 – In Melody Maker, Pete calls for the audience to become more involved with the performers. He also believes that although the equipment may change, rock will stay pretty much the same. In the same issue a fan attacks The Who for their high ticket prices calling them capitalists hiding behind a banner of anti-materialism. The letter is sparked by the outrageous ticket prices for The Who’s upcoming tour, some as high as £3.50
1972 – The Who purchase an abandoned warehouse at 115 Thessaly Road in Battersea to turn into a recording studio and a storage shed for their thirty tons of touring equipment. It will eventually be named Ramport Studios.
1976 – Record Mirror magazine reviews “The Story of The Who”
1979 – A single from the soon-to-be-released Quadrophenia Soundtrack comes out internationally around this time. A new John Entwistle remix of “5:15” does not reach the charts in the U.K. but in the U.S. it reaches #45 in Billboard, #53 in Cash Box. The flip side is a remixed “I’m One”.
1982 – The Who play the John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1982 – The Who’s last single of new studio material released in Britain for the next 22 years hits store shelves. “Athena” backed with “A Man Is A Man,” peaks at #40.
1985 – The first single from Roger’s new album hits the charts in the U.S. The A-side, “After the Fire” is written by Pete who offers it to Roger after The Who fail to perform it at Live Aid. The B-side is “It Don’t Satisfy Me” while the 12″ version adds “Love Me Like You Do.” The single peaks at #48 in Billboard and #59 in Cash Box.
2001 – Live At Leeds: Deluxe Edition is released in the U.K.
2001 – Rhino Video releases Quadrophenia on DVD in the U.S.
2001 – The Who Live At Royal Albert Hall DVD from 2000 is released.
2002 – The Toronto Star comes up with the suggestion that, since The Who are missing their original bassist and drummer and Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr aren’t doing much, why don’t they combine into one band? Meet The Whotles!
2005 – Alan Clayson’s book Keith Moon: Instant Party is released in the U.S.
2005 – Pete debuts a new song “In The Ether,” performing it with Rachel at The Poetry Olympics at the Royal Albert Hall, London. He sings the song in a guttural voice saying “I use funny voices…because I use funny voices.” The program for the Poetry Olympics contains the lyrics for this song plus another song called “Wake Up and Hear The Music” that will later become “God Speaks of Marty Robbins” and join “In The Ether” on the album Endless Wire. Pete also performs “Let’s See Action”
2006 – The Who play the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Roger has to leave the stage for 15 minutes when his throat closes after an allergic reaction. Pete does “My Generation” solo
2012 – Mojo magazine reviews the forthcoming Pete autobiography Who I Am calling it “the most self-denigrating rock bio ever.” Rolling Stone gives it four stars and says it “could be the most conflicted rock memoir of all time.”
2019 – The Who play the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The show is cancelled after 8 songs when Roger loses his voice. Several additional dates are cancelled. The tour resumes on October 9th.
Today in Whostory: 9/24/2021
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.” The letters from readers also feature a few references to The Who.
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.”
1971 – WDRC radio station in the Hartford Connecticut area publishes their “Big D Sound Survey” showing “Won’t Get Fooled Again” at #10, up 5 places from the previous week
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
Today in Whostory: 9/23/2021
1963 – The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford
1964 – The High Numbers play the Town Hall in Greenwich. The first of four poorly attended gigs at this large hall. The show was advertised as “The High Numbers – The Worst in Family Entertainment”. Many older people show up expecting from the band name that bingo would be played!
1965 – Pete has a rude awakening after going out drinking with some locals. “They invited me back to their flat for the night but when I woke up the next morning there was a policeman standing by the bed and it was then I discovered they’d all gone and it wasn’t their place at all.” Pete talks his way out of the situation.
1966 – The Who were to have left for a U.S. promotional tour. The trip, for which The Who had cancelled their British theatrical tour, is itself cancelled due to visa problems.
1967 – Disc and Music Echo features an article titled “The day WHO Keith blew up” by Penny Valentine. Keith’s mom is also asked “What do the pop parents think of their son’s and daughter’s success?”. There is also a brief mention of The Who’s next single
1971 – International Times prints Pete’s response to the attack on “Won’t Get Fooled Again”. He describes the song as “…mainly a song which screams defiance at those who feel that any cause is better than no cause, that death in a sick society is better than putting up with it or resigning themselves to wait for change.”
1976 – Rolling Stone magazine carries an article titled “Keith Moon Hospitalized: ‘I Felt Dizzy'”
1978 – Billboard magazine carries a review of “Who Are You” by Dick Nusser. The also feature an article titled “Who Musicians Declare They’ll Carry On Despite Moon’s Death” and a photo of Pete during an interview in New York
1982 – The Who play the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland
1990 – The Best play at at Yoyogi No.1 Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan
1997 – Geoff Moore & The Distance release their gospel album Threads featuring a cover of “I’m Free.” You can watch a video for the song on YouTube here
2000 – Gary Hall, U.S. swimming relay team member, wins the Gold at the Summer Olympics in Sydney. He tells NBC-TV that listening to Pete and The Who before the race pumps him up.
2001 – Roger Daltrey bids on every item in a rock ‘n’ roll auction at the Cobden Club in Kensal Town, West London in order to raise the bids received. The auction benefits teenage cancer victims. John Entwistle and Zak Starkey also attend.
2002 – The Who play The House of Blues in Chicago, Illinois
2002 – Oasis release their CD single “Little By Little” containing their cover of “My Generation” You can listen to it on youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpA7IWQqgOo
2002 – CBS-TV premiers their first CSI: Crime Scene Investigation spin-off, CSI: Miami, this time using “Won’t Get Fooled Again” as the theme. Star David Caruso’s opening remark followed by Roger’s scream will later become a popular meme on the Internet.
2002 – A “special edition” DVD-EP is released with “Pinball Wizard,” “I’m Free” and “See Me, Feel Me” from The Who’s August 1969 Beat Club special for German television
2006 – The Who play the Virgin Festival at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland
2011 – Roger plays the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York
2017 – The Who play the Rock in Rio Festival at the Barra Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Today in Whostory: 9/22/2021
1963 – The Detours play the White Hart Hotel in Acton
1964 – The Who play the Railway Hotel in Wealdstone
1968 – Pete is interviewed by Michael Lydon in The New York Times
1982 – The Who play the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland
1982 – The Who record performance videos to promote “Eminence Front” and “It’s Hard,” the latter used in a television ad for Schlitz Beer.
1991 – Roger is photographed at the Los Angeles International Airport
1995 – It is announced that a tour of Europe and Australia by Roger, John, Simon Townshend, Zak Starkey and other members of the extended Who has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales
2004 – CBS-TV premieres their third CSI series, CSI: New York, this time using “Baba O’Riley” as the theme song
2007 – Roger performs at the Teenage Cancer Trust benefit at The Sage Gateshead. Additional performers MC Vic Reeves, Jimmy Nail, John Thompson, Gavin Webster, Ruby Turner, Sean Ruane, Jill Halfpenny, and Melissa Cavanagh. Roger performs “Giving It All Away”, “Behind Blue Eyes” and is then joined by Jimmy Nail for “Squeeze Box”
2019 – The Who play the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida
Today in Whostory: 9/21/2021
1965 – The Who play for 450 people at Da Marathon Club in The Hague, Holland. Having brought no amplifiers, they have to borrow equipment from the group The Hajues but eight songs later The Who have damaged their loaners too badly to continue. The promoters somehow manage to talk two other groups, The Golden Earrings and The Empty Hearts to loan some of their equipment so the show can be finished. The Dutch magazine Boulevard reports that throughout the evening The Who are “in discussion with female fans” in the nearby bushes!
1966 – Pete goes to the Newport Pagnell Court in Buckinghamshire over his automobile crash of May 30th. He is fined £25 with £26 costs for dangerous driving.
1966 – The Who tape a performance of “I’m a Boy” for Top of the Pops. Photos are taken of them on stage for later promotion.
1968 – Melody Maker features an interview with Pete by Chris Welch as well as a short note about “Magic Bus” and a full page ad for Marshall – mentioning The Who as a client
1968 – An interview with Keith recorded on the 5th for Radio 1’s Scene And Heard was scheduled, but appears to have not been transmitted
1969 – The Who play the Fairfield Hall in Croydon, Surrey. There is no support on this gig so The Who provide an extended set. The hall provides excellent acoustics and Pete later calls this The Who’s best live performance of Tommy. Alan Lewis, attending this show for Melody Maker, agrees saying The Who are the band to which all others must now be compared. Elton John is in the audience
1970 – The Who play the Vejlby-Risskov Hallen in Aarhus, Denmark. You can listen to the show on YouTube here
1974 – Pete writes a track-by-track review of Odds & Sods for New Musical Express. A truncated version of these notes is included with the album.
1974 – Pete discusses the songs selected for Odds & Sods with Nicky Horne on Capitol Radio’s Your Mother Wouldn’t Like It. During the call-in section, John phones to ask Pete what time he’s going to arrive at Roger’s that Sunday
1982 – The Who hold a press conference in Landover, Maryland as they begin their North American tour.
1985 – Roger appears on the children’s programme Saturday Superstore
1985 – Under a Raging Moon, the LP is released in the U.K. Promotion helps the album reach the U.K. charts unlike his previous solo album. It peaks at #52
1987 – MTV airs the AIDS benefit concert featuring John from April 1st
1991 – Roger attends the AT&T Presents City Kids Foundation Event at Carnegie Hall in New York
2002 – The Who play the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas
2005 – Rachel Fuller begins an online web series called In The Attic. The first show features her and her friend Mikey Cuthbert talking and playing songs in an upstairs room at Pete’s house. Pete, sweaty from a bike ride, joins for the second half and performs “Heart to Hang Onto”.
2006 – The Who play the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey
2011 – Roger plays the Mann Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2017 – The Who play Allianz Parque in São Paulo, Brazil
2020 – Shel Talmy posted the second in a series of articles titled “How The Who became superstars” You can read it here
‘Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere’ was The Who’s second single, released after ‘I Can’t Explain’ had become a hit. In retrospect, while ‘Can’t Explain’ was a fine commercial number, ‘Anyway’ was closer to how the band really sounded, and it became the track that established The Who as a band whose dynamic live performances could be captured on tape.
The band was, as usual, Pete Townshend on electric guitar, John Entwistle on bass, Keith Moon on the drums and lead vocalist Roger Daltrey. This was also the first time I added piano player Nicky Hopkins to a Who session.
While ‘Can’t Explain’ had been done at Pye Studios, I had started recording The Who at IBC on Portland Place in the West End of London, just down the street from the BBC Radio building and near the famous shopping thoroughfare, Oxford Street.
IBC was my studio of choice for so many sessions and different artists, and it deserves some mention.
The studio was in an original Georgian building built in the 1800s, and had a preservation order so that its unique ceiling could not be touched.
The control room was on the second floor, overlooking where the musicians and singers recorded. It was a large room and could have held an orchestra comfortably, but because of the natural acoustics and the modifications IBC’s techs had added, it was just as good for recording bands the size of The Who.
Here’s something you’re unlikely to read elsewhere — the Chinese Embassy was next door to IBC, and every now and then we had to stop recording because of their transmission of what we assumed to be shortwave messages back to China. These were sometimes so powerful, they interfered with our recordings.
If we’d only had James Bond and a dozen code breakers with us, these interruptions coulda been very interesting!
One significance of ‘Anyway’ was that we were experimenting with recording the feedback that Pete got out of his guitar, but also had to exclude unacceptable overall sound distortion that would make the track unusable.
Given the level of technology available in early 1965, that wasn’t easy!
Note that we accomplished it and with the knowledge that we gained, ‘Anyway’ proved to be the precursor for what we were able to build upon with the extra time Pete and I spent perfecting the sound, and that elevated the next single – ‘My Generation’ – to the status of an anthem in public perception, and The Who to that rarified atmosphere of “superstars”.
I want to insert here that that every release that I produced on The Who was a hit, as it ties in with what subsequently transpired.
‘Anyhow Anyway Anywhere’ was recorded on April 29, 1965. The session went off smoothly as we were rehearsed, although we had some false starts and did not nail the version used on the single until the eighth take.
Somehow one of the earlier complete takes somehow ended up on a French EP, without my knowledge – it was probably the Chinese Embassy that did it!
As American Decca was the label with whom we were contracted, I duly shipped the finished master to them in New York, and wired them that it was on the way. Again, as this was 1965, no hint of the Internet was yet on the horizon and the only places you’d find mobile phones in use or an “Apple watch”, a la Dick Tracy’s wrist radio, were in the comics or science fiction stories.
And long-distance phone calls were very expensive from London to New York, so Western Union telegrams were the common method of communication.
The telegram I received from Decca A&R after they had listened to ‘Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere’ read as closely to the following as I can recall, after 55 intervening years:
“We have received the latest Who single and we believe you must have sent the wrong tape, as it is riddled with distortion. Please send a clean copy as we’d like to release the record quickly.”
After sharing the telegram with the band –and finally coming to the end of an uncontrolled fit of the giggles — I wired back that what they heard was indeed what was meant to be there, and that The Who’s growing number of fans would love it!
The answer from Decca was a very reluctant “okay”, which of course changed to beaming smiles once the record was a hit!
Today in Whostory: 9/20/2021
1965 – The Who fly to Amsterdam to perform live for Dutch TV (AVRO Broadcast Association) at Studio Bellevue. The technicians can’t get The Who’s loud sound balanced and refuse to give Roger whisky to soothe his throat (he’d caught a cold on the boat over) telling him, “you sing or you leave the studio.” The first half of the show is broadcast the next evening on Nederland 2. You can listen to a recording of this show here
1966 – “I’m a Boy” enters the Kvällstoppen Swedish sales chart, peaking at #4.
1970 – The Who play the Falkoner Centret in Copenhagen, Denmark
1971 – The Who make their last special appearance on BBC Radio on The Johnnie Walker Show, a repeat from the show on the 6th
1975 – Keith returns from Los Angeles and The Who begin rehearsals for their upcoming tour on the D Stage at Shepperton Studios
1975 – Tina Turner’s album Acid Queen hits the U.S. charts. It contains Ike Turner-arranged covers of “The Acid Queen” and “I Can See For Miles” and reaches #155 in the U.S. charts
1980 – Roger’s second single from his McVicar LP hits the U.S. charts. The gentle ballad “Without Your Love,” a cover of a Billy Nicholls’ song from Pete’s Meher Baba tribute LP With Love, becomes Roger’s biggest solo hit in the U.S. peaking at #20 in Billboard and #23 in Cash Box. The flip side is “Escape Part 2.”
1987 – Pete and his daughter Emma attend the Secret Policeman’s Ball
1999 – Pete Townshend Live: A Benefit For Maryville Academy is available as a free download in Windows Media format at Musicmaker.com. The next day, the two-CD set, featuring duets with Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, is released by Platinum Records in the U.S. Billboard calls it “an unassuming crowd-pleaser that does its job with style.” It does not reach the U.S. Billboard charts
2001 – Pete addresses fans’ concerns over the quality of the Live At Leeds: Deluxe Edition in a diary message. The sound quality will be mostly corrected with the 2014 HD audio reissue
2001 – Pete was supposed to have gone to New York to accept an award and perform at the Yahoo! Online Music Awards but the awards are canceled after the World Trade Center attack. He releases his demo for “I Am An Animal” on his website.
2005 – The CD Rock Star: A Night at the Mayan Theatre from the TV reality show, is released featuring Jordis Unga covering “Baba O’Riley”.You can watch her perform it here
2006 – Pete and Roger are required on a New York rooftop for a session with photographer “. Ross reports Roger is in a bad mood, the result of a torn ligament in his shoulder. https://www.rosshalfin.com/fine-art-prints-1/roger-daltrey-pete-townsend-nyc
2016 – The book “The Who In the City” by Ian Snowball is published
2017 – Roger launches his charity champagne in Sao Paulo
2019 – The Who play the States BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida
Today in Whostory: 9/19/2021
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 – 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.
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
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. It would later be released on VHS and Laser Disc
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 Garden in New York City, New York
2016 – The Who play the Mediolanum Forum in Milan, Italy
2019 – The cartoon “Bliss” features a reference to Roger