November 28, 2020

Today in Whostory: 8/30/2019

1963 – The Detours play the Notre Dame Church Ball in London

1964 – The High Numbers play two shows at the Queen’s Theatre in Blackpool supporting the Searchers and the Kinks

1965 – The Who play Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, Glamorganshire, Wales. This show is the first for The Who placed by their new booking agent, Australian Robert Stigwood. Two Stigwood acts, The Merseybeats and The Graham Bond Organization, open for The Who.

1966 – The Who begin two days of recording at IBC Studios and Pye No. 2 Studio in London. During the sessions The Who record The Regent’s “Barbara Ann,” The Everly Brothers’ “Man with Money,” Martha and the Vandellas’ “Heatwave” and the theme to the then smash hit TV show “Batman.” The tracks are intended for a new album tentatively titled Jigsaw Puzzle. Kit Lambert produces and Paul Clay engineers.

1967 – The Who play the Rochester Community War Memorial in Rochester, New York

1968 – The Who play Hi-Corbett Field in Tucson, Arizona

1969 – The Who play the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival in Wooton Bridge, Isle Of Wight. Their daytime performance is filmed by French television. Bob Dylan, despite his own sizable fee, uses The Who’s PA for his concert.

1972 – The Who play the Deutschlandhalle in Berlin, Germany

1974 – The Harry Nilsson album Pussy Cats, produced by John Lennon and featuring drumming by Keith on some tracks, is released in the U.K. edition. It does not chart.

1989 – The Who play in Oakland at the Coliseum

2002 – The Who play the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey

2002 – In an interview in The Times, Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones has this to say about The Who continuing without John Entwistle: “…I was glad they carried on. It’s real showbiz, like a vaudeville tradition. I find it intriguing that old ‘trousers’ Townshend and Daltrey still have a certain desire to get out there and do it. And good fucking luck, they’re not shabby at what they do.”

2011 – BBC Radio Two has part two of a special with Pete Townshend discussing his history. Part one aired on the 23rd

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