October 26, 2021

Today in Whostory: 7/15/2021

1965 – The Who play the Ritz Ballroom in Skewen, Glamorganshire, Wales

1965 – The Who play the Glen Ballroom in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales

1965 – In Beat Instrumental, John Emery reviews an acetate of nine new Who tracks played for him by producer Shel Talmy. The songs are intended for The Who’s first album slated for release in the U.S. and France that autumn. Emery gives the titles to eight of the tracks, “I’m A Man,” “Heatwave,” I Don’t Mind,” “Lubie,” “You’re Gonna Know Me,” “Please Please Please,” “Leaving Here,” and “Motoring.” Only one, “You’re Gonna Know Me,” is a band original which leads Emery to remark, “one thing hit me slap in the face just looking at the titles — the lack of originality in choice of material.” Reacting quickly, Who manager Kit Lambert announces in Melody Maker on the 17th that “The Who are having serious doubts about the state of R&B. Now the LP will consist of hard pop. They’ve finished with ‘Smokestack Lightnin’.” He says The Who will record a new album of all Pete and Roger originals for release in early September.

1966 – The Who play the Starlite Ballroom in Greenford

1967 – The Who play the Center Coliseum in Seattle, Washington

1967 – Billboard reports that “Pictures of Lily” has reached #3 in the Australian charts. In the Netherlands, the song also reaches #3 in Muziek Expres’s charts.

1967 – Melody Maker’s “Blind Date” features Graham Nash and his opinion on The Who’s “Last Time”

1968 – The Who play the Memorial Centre in Kingston, Ontario, Canada

1971 – Top of the Pops featuring The Who miming to “Won’t Get Fooled Again” airs

1978 – The “Who Are You” promotional video premiers on London Weekend Television’s The Saturday Banana.

1989 – Pete’s The Iron Man, a musical version of Ted Hughes’ children’s book and featuring two new recordings by The Who, hits the U.S. charts. The album opens to generally favorable but not enthusiastic reviews. It peaks at #58 in Billboard. A single “A Friend Is A Friend” backed with “Man Machines” is also released but does not chart. In The U.K. neither the album nor single charts.

1991 – PACE Theatrical Group approaches Des McAnuff about creating a stage musical out of Tommy. McAnuff insists that Pete be involved.

1993 – Pete plays at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1994 – Pete and John attend a charity performance of the The Who’s Tommy at the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California.

1995 – Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band, featuring John Entwistle on bass, play the Imperial Ballroom Concord Hotel in Kiamesha Lake, New York

1996 – “My Generation” is re-released as a vinyl and CD single in Britain and Germany to capitalize on its use in a commercial for Calippo ice cream. The 45 is pressed on yellow vinyl and the b-side is a live version of “Pinball Wizard” from the same performance as Live At Leeds. The CD single includes both tracks as well as a mono “Boris The Spider” and the “My Generation Deep Love Remix,” a House music version with only the most tenuous connection to The Who’s version. It peaks as #31 in the U.K. charts

2000 – In an interview on the VH1 website, Roger says Pete broke his shoulder with a guitar during the fight they had in 1973. He also calls people on the Internet “insular” and “anti-social.”

2001 – “A Walk Down Abbey Road: A Tribute To The Beatles” featuring John on bass plays the Melody Tent in Cape Cod, Massachusetts

2002 – Noel Gallagher of Oasis tells the Belfast Telegraph that the night John died he felt the spirit of John was watching them perform “My Generation” on stage.

2002 – The Who: The Ultimate Collection is awarded Gold status by the RIAA in the U.S

2006 – The Who play the Sporting Summer Festival at the Sporting Club in the Salle des √Čtoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco

2010 – Steve Grantley and Alan G. Parker’s book The Who By Numbers: The Story of The Who Through Their Music is published by Helter Skelter

2011 – Roger is interviewed for The Daily Mail. He says, “Pete is almost stone deaf. He deafened himself in the recording studio, and when we last performed he had to stand right next to the speakers to hear anything. I don’t know what Pete will do. I don’t want to do a tour and have him end up completely deaf.”

2011 – Roger plays Guilfest 2011 in Guildford, Stokepark