October 26, 2021

Today in Whostory: 7/19/2021

1964 – The High Numbers play the Florida Rooms in Brighton

1964 – The High Numbers audition for Lambert, Stamp and Mike Shaw at a gymnasium at Holland Park Comprehensive School in the Campden Hill Road, West London. Needless to say, they pass the audition.

1967 – The Who performed in Farmington, Utah at the Lagoon Patio Gardens on the grounds of the Lagoon Amusement Park

1969 – The Who play the Mothers Club in Erdington, Birmingham. Keith passes out halfway through the set but returning later to finish the concert.

“In July, due to the sweltering heat in the club they had to stop the show as Keith collapsed over his drum kit. They resumed after an hour. I have friends who were at the July gig. I remember the girl saying to me “This chap (who she later married) took to me to this club in Erdington to see this ghastly band called The Who. It was so loud I asked him to take me home!The evening’s compere was John Peel who was a frequent visitor to the club. Said John Peel years later, “I sometimes get mail from younger people who live in Erdington and are amazed to hear that for a few years, the best club in Britain – and it was because I went to most of the gigs – was right here in Birmingham.” ~ Richard Evans

1969 – Three promotional singles from Tommy are sent out to radio stations in Britain

1971 – Roger marries his second wife, 24-year old American model Heather Taylor, at the Battle Registry Office in East Sussex

1971 – Keith sits in on a session with Paul McCartney’s brother’s band The Scaffold, playing drums on their song “Do The Albert.”

You can listen to it here

1973 – Footage is shot by AIOK Films’ Dave Speechly at Shepperton Studios for use as a backdrop during upcoming Who shows

1975 – Kit Lambert is interviewed in New Musical Express and reveals publicly that he and Chris Stamp are no longer managers of The Who. He also adds that he is suing Robert Stigwood for credit on Tommy: The Movie and for alienating the affections of Chris Stamp.

1989 – The Who play Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio

1995 – Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band, featuring John Entwistle on bass, play in Boston, Massachusetts at Harborlights

1997 – The Who begin their 1997 U.S. tour playing the Riverport Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, Missouri

2000 – Shel Talmy surprises everyone by putting the original three-track tapes he produced with The Who in 1965 on auction at ebay.com. The opening bid is $500,000 with a reserve price of $1 million. It fails to get any bids but begins the process that ultimately leads to the release of My Generation: Deluxe Edition, mixed from the tapes, in 2002.

2001 – Pete writes a long message about Meher Baba at his website saying his silence about Baba for the last twenty-one years has been because of his 1980-81 drug problems which made him feel he wasn’t a fit spokesperson for Baba

2001 – A CD single containing three different version of “O’Parvardigar” including one in German, is sold on Pete’s commercial website eelpie.com.

2001 – “A Walk Down Abbey Road: A Tribute To The Beatles” featuring John on bass plays the Westbury Music Fair in Westbury, New York

2011 – On thewho.com Pete Townshend posts a response to the previous days Daily Mail interview with Roger: “My hearing is actually better than ever because after a feedback scare at the O2 Indigo in December 2008 I am taking good care of it. …I’m 66, I don’t have perfect hearing, and if I listen to loud music or go to gigs I do tend to get tinnitus. DON’T WE ALL????”

2011 – Roger plays the Hull City Hall

2012 – The manager of the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island offers to exchange unused tickets from The Who’s cancelled 1979 show for their new 2012 show. Several ticket holders actually do so. Their old tickets are put on ebay as a benefit to the Special Olympics.

2017 – The Who appear on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.