December 4, 2020

Today in Whostory: 1/12/2020

1964 – The Detours play the White Hart Hotel in Acton

1965 – The Who play The Marquee Club. The tally shows £57 raised at door but Roger and Keith only get £2 for the night and Pete and John only £1!

1966 – The Who go to IBC studios to record their next single, “Circles” and “Instant Party Mixture.” It will be their last time working under the production of Shel Talmy. A last time is also a first time as John records his first horn part for The Who.

1967 – The Who appear on Top Of The Pops performing “Happy Jack” (recorded the previous day)

1967 – Pete goes to see the Jimi Hendrix Experience at the 7 1/2 club, Whitehorse St.

1968 – The Who play the Tottenham Royal in Tottenham.

“An all-action climax by Who by Roger Simpson”

The dynamic Who played the Tottenham Royal on Friday and from the teeny-boppers in the audience the early rock numbers were new and exciting. And for nearly everyone else were exiting too, for on stage, the Who give an all-round powerful act which for those unprepared can be a nerve-shattering experience.

Beginning their 50-minute spot with “Substitute” they crashed into “Pictures of Lily” but their full force was not felt until Cochrain’s (sic) “Summertime Blues.” Lead singer Roger Daltrey paced the stage whipping-up enthusiasm and treating his microphone as an incensed cowboy would his lass.

From their new album they tackled “Tattoo” and it featured lead guitarist Pete Townshend. With his arm making a full circle he attacked the strings producing the weird and violent sounds which have characterized his playing.

On one number Keith Moon, having mercilessly battered his nine-piece drum kit, took a hammer and crashed it down on to a cymbal.

It was an all-rock performance and few were surprised when they did “Shakin’ all over.”

It was in their closing number that the Who really went wild.

“My Generation” was the piece and towards the end of it, they suddenly stopped playing and began a might onslaught on their gear.

Daltrey repeatedly threw his microphone at Moon’s drums while Moon kicked part of his drum-kit off the stage.

Townshend pushed the amplifiers to the ground and bounced his guitar on the called equipment.

But for all the violent actions and assaults on their equipment they were doing minor damage. Gone are the days when the Who totally smoked equipment running into thousands of pounds in value.

They no longer find it necessary to be so destructive (or can afford it) and their music is valuable as it stands.

1974 – The Real Me” backed with “I’m One” is released as a single in the U.S. The ending is re-edited allowing a non-echoing fadeout and the promotional copies feature a unique mono mix. It peaks at #92 in Billboard and #82 in Cash Box.

Billboard magazine carried an ad for the new single

1974 – Supposedly due to the unavailability of Keith, Kenney Jones takes his place with Pete and John in a warm-up jam in preparation for the Tommy soundtrack

1995 – An edited version of the Daltrey Sings Townshend Carnegie Hall concert of 1994 airs as a special on the U.S. Disney Channel.

1997 – Pete Townshend writes “Wired To The Moon (Part 2)” which is later released on Scoop 3.

2009 – Roger Daltrey and Pete Doherty perform together for the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Bristol Academy. They play “Substitute”, “Magic Bus” and some Johnny Cash songs.