October 24, 2021

Today in Whostory: 2/18/2020

1963 – The Detours play The White Hart Hotel in Acton.
“A Monday night residence for which the group was paid £10” (“The Who before The Who”)

1965 – The Who play The Ealing Club in West London

1965 – I Can’t Explain, having risen from the dead in Britain due to the heavy exposure of The Who on Ready Steady GO! and pirate radio stations, enters the British charts. It ultimately reaches its peak at #8. Fontana, label for The Who back when they were The High Numbers, decides to take advantage of The Who’s new popularity by re-releasing The High Numbers only single “Zoot Suit” backed with “I’m The Face.” It again fails to chart.

1966 – The Who play the Volunteer Hall in Galashiels, Selkirkshire, Scotland.

1966 – The first public news of The Who’s breaking of their contract with Shel Talmy and Brunswick and Decca Records appears in New Musical Express. Talmy responds, “as far as I am concerned I have a valid contract with this group to record exclusively with me.” If anyone has a image of this article I’d love to obtain a scan/photo for our archives!

1967 – The Who play Floral Hall in Southport, Lancashire

1967 – Billboard reports that “Happy Jack” has hit #4 on the Norway charts, but drops from #7 to #9 in Holland. There is also a report that The Who may play in Sweden, Germany and the U.S.

1967 – Disc and Music Echo features two mentions of The Who: an article titled “Who ‘Brain’ Plans Big Pop Opera” and another about the formation of Track Records.

1980 – Pete is back in London to play his demo tape for the assembled Who. The probable track listing is “Theresa,” “It’s In You,” “How Can You Do It Alone,” “Daily Records,” “You Better You Bet,” “Dirty Water,” “Don’t Let Go The Coat,” “Dance It Away” and “What Is Love.” The band’s reaction, according to Pete’s later account, is tepid. After listening time is over, Pete surprises Who mixman Bob Pridden by demanding he go out and score him some cocaine.

1994 – Roger and his wife Heather attend a performance of the play Blood Brothers at the Music Box theater in New York.

1996 – The John Entwistle band play in Atlanta at The Cotton Club

1996 – The John Entwistle Band play The Cotton Club in Atlanta

2001 – Pete is placed at number 62 (tying with Van Morrison) on the Sunday Mirror’s Top One Hundred Richest Entertainers in Britain. They report he has an estimated wealth of £2 million.

2002 – Pete Townshend: Music From Lifehouse DVD: Music From Lifehouse, a video of his 2000 concert at Sadler’s Wells, is released on DVD and VHS in the U.K. The U.S. release follows on the 26th. It is also available as a lower-res online download.

2006 – Pete Townshend posts the last chapter of The Boy Who Heard Music

2007 – Pete appears at “Live from Joe’s Pub”

2010 – Roger is interviewed on Geoff Lloyd’s Hometime Show where he talks about the Super Bowl and the Teenage Cancer Trust gigs.