U.K. #1 download: "My Life Would Suck Without You" - Kelly Clarkson; "Right Round" - Flo Rida; "Islands in the Stream" - Vanessa Jenkins and Byrn West ft. Sir Tom Jones and Robin Gibb;
"Poker Face" - Lady Gaga
U.S. #1 radio play: "Right Round" - Flo Rida
On the 1st, The Bollock Brothers release their CD Last Will and Testament featuring a cover of "My Generation" and on the 3rd, Jerry Cortez releases his CD
American Invasion featuring a cover of "The Kids Are Alright".
On the 4th, Roger Daltrey is presented with the James Joyce Award by UCD's Literary and Historical Society In Dublin. The award is in recognition of his work with
the Teenage Cancer Trust.
On the 8th, Keith Moon is honored with an historical blue plaque at the site of the Marquee Club in Soho. The Heritage Foundation stepped in to post the plaque
after English Heritage, the traditional award of blue plaques, refused saying Keith did not meet their criteria. The unveiling is attended by Roger and Keith's mother,
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has a Pete Townshend-smashed guitar on display as part of their Theatre and Performance Galleries.
On the 16th, The Who Sell Out: Deluxe Edition is released. The 2-CD set includes both the stereo and mono mixes as well as the first official release of
the oft-bootlegged Who instrumental "Sodding About and an alternate recording of "Rael 1 & 2".
On the 21st, The Who begin their third Antipodean tour performing at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.
The following day Pete and Roger hold a press conference at the Crown Towers Hotel in Melbourne, Australia. When asked about The Who's disastrous first tour in 1968,
Pete recalls: "I had a ball on the trip in '67 [sic; '68]...I met a girl I nearly married – I had a lovely time, and adds, "Yes – I deeply, deeply regret
not coming back sooner.
On the 23rd, The Who: Maximum R&B Live video is re-released in the U.K. as a 2-DVD set. Video from the 1970 Tanglewood show is dropped in place of the 1981
On the 24th, The Who start their tour of Australia, playing the Brisbane Entertainment Centre (24th), the Adelaide Entertainment Centre (26th), the Hope Estate Winery in Pokolbin, New South Wales (28th), Albert Park in
Melbourne (29th) and Acer Arena in Sydney (31st).
March 2004 (10 years ago)
U.K. #1 CD singles: "Toxic" - Britney Spears; "Cha Cha Slide (Part2)" - DJ Casper; "Yeah!" - Usher ft. Lil Jon & Ludacris
U.S. #1 radio play: "Yeah!" - Usher ft. Lil Jon & Ludacris
On the 4th, Uncut magazine releases a special issue about Tommy with a new Pete Townshend interview called "The Truth About Tommy, The Who and Me,"
a Roger Daltrey interview and a CD called The Roots Of Tommy.
On the 12th, The Who's two new recordings, "Real Good Looking Boy" and "Old Red Wine," become available as downloads on iTunes. The first song is about a
childhood incident of Pete's where his mother told him he would never be handsome. The second is a tribute to the late John Entwistle and his love of collecting
On the 13th, Roger begins appearing in an infomercial on U.S. cable television hawking a seven-CD set called Legends of Rock 'n Roll.
On the 15th, Sarah Dempster in The Guardian pens an article called "Why I Love...Roger Daltrey": "Loveable Laurel to Pete Townshend's truculent
Hardy, Roger Daltrey was – and, indeed, still is – the Who's anchor, a graceless yet relentlessly honest reminder of his band's working-class roots
and a necessarily earthy foil for the enormously nosed guitarist's artier excesses."
On the 17th, Roger and his wife Heather attend a party celebrating Paul McKenna's book Change Your Life in 7 Days staying at the top of the book sales chart.
On the 18th, The Who begin rehearsals for their upcoming live shows. Video and audio are streamed live over Pete's website.
Also on the 18th, Mario Martin Zelaya releases his CD Sorcery and Beer with an acoustic guitar cover of "I Can See For Miles".
On the 22th, The Who return for their first shows in 18 months with three performances at the Kentish Town Forum. The third night's show (25th) has to be cut short
when cigarette smoke at the venue harms Roger's throat. A fan passes out from the heat and has to be carried outside. In a review The Telegraph declares night
one "Blown away by the windmilling wizard." The Observer, however, does not care for the show declaring, "...there is more chemistry between Blair and Brown
than between Townshend and Daltrey."
On the 23rd, Compendia Records releases a truncated CD of Pete Townshend Live: A Benefit for Maryville Academy as Magic Bus: Live From Chicago.
On the 25th, The Who make #29 on Rolling Stone's list of "The Immortals", a list compiled by rockers including Pete. The Beatles head up the list. Eddie
Vedder writes the tribute for The Who.
On the 26th, H.E.A.R. releases the Who's tribute CD Who's Not Forgotten: FDR's Tribute to The Who.
On the 28th, Cartoon Network's late-night version, Adult Swim, shows the episode "Temporary Blindness" from the series Home Moviescontaining "Timmy,"
a parody of Tommy: The Movie.
On the 29th, The Who play the Royal Albert Hall as part of that year's Teenage Cancer Trust shows. Roger's voice is still somewhat given out. A planned acoustic
performance of Tommy is passed over for a standard set list. The Coral are the opening act. Virgin Radio pretends to simulcast part of the show using the 2000
Royal Albert Hall recording.
On the 30th, the best-of compilation The Who: Then & Now 1964-2004 is released featuring the two new recordings, "Real Good Looking Boy" and
"Old Red Wine (for John)."
Also on the 30th, Roger greets Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Albert Hall with supporters of Teenage Cancer Trust. "I asked her to speak up because I'm in a
rock 'n' roll band. She did speak up, she was very gracious." Roger performs that night with Paul Weller, James Dean Bradfield and Kelly Jones doing
"The Kids Are Alright" and "Magic Bus."
March 1999 (15 years ago)
U.K. #1 CD singles: "When The Going Gets Tough" - Boyzone; "Blame It On The Weatherman" - B*Witched; "Flat Beat" - Mr. Oizo
U.S. #1 radio play: "Angel Of Mine" - Monica; "Believe" - Cher
On the 3rd, Status Graphite reports that John has designed the Buzzard 2 bass that will premiere at the upcoming MusikMesse '99 in Frankfurt.
On the 4th, at a party in Santa Monica, California celebrating the completion of the movie Romantic Moritz, Roger Daltrey performs a set with
Carmine Appice, Denny Laine, The Firm's bassist Tony Franklin and Steve Stevens. They play "Pinball Wizard," "Band On The Run" and "Radioactive."
The movie is subsequently released under the title Chasing Destiny.
On the 6th, Gateway Computers premiers a TV ad in the U.S. featuring "Who Are You."
On the 11th, Intersound releases the DVD Roger Daltrey: A Celebration – With Pete Townshend and the music of The Who that was shot five years
before during the February 1994 Carnegie Hall concerts.
In Guitar World, Pete says that he is working on Lifehouse for the BBC and is "engaged in talks" with Roger and John about performing.
On the 19th, Pete Townshend goes on British VH-1 to pick his Top Ten Videos. They are "Wonderwall" by Oasis, "Outside" by George Micheal,
"Kashmir" by Puff Daddy/Jimmy Page, "Go West" by the Pet Shop Boys, "Teardrop" by Massive Attack, "Teardrop Girl" by Tori Amos, "Parklife" by Blur,
"Virtual Insanity" by Jamiroquai, "Like a Prayer" by Madonna and "Shiny Happy People" by REM.
On the 22nd, The New York Daily News announces that Pete is intending to bring Psychoderelict to Broadway.
On the 23rd, the CD Punk Or What by Bernie Tormé is released. It features a previously unreleased cover of "Anyway Anyhow Anywhere" from 1977.
On the 27th, Dell Computers premiers a TV ad in the U.S. featuring "Magic Bus."
March 1994 (20 years ago)
U.K. #1 CD singles: "Without You" - Mariah Carey; "Doop" - Doop
U.S. #1 radio play: "The Power of Love" - Céline Dion; "The Sign" - Ace of Base
On the 1st, The Who's Tommy wins the 1993 Grammy for Best Musical Show Album.
On the same day, Roger's 50th birthday, he receives a letter informing him that he has a daughter named Kim Binks that he has never met and she has given birth
to his grandchild, Liam. Kim's mother is Lydia, a woman Roger lived with for a short time in the 1960's and now only vaguely remembers.
Also early in the month, Pete and his wife Karen enter couples therapy in a last-ditch effort to save their marriage.
Rolling Stone reports on the forthcoming 4-CD retrospective boxset and a planned 80-minute version of Live At Leeds. They also say that Pete is
telling friends he intends to take The Who on a 30th anniversary tour that summer.
On the 11th, Lightning Jack, a comedy western starring Paul Hogan and Cuba Gooding, Jr. is released. Cowboy John T. Coles is played by Roger.
The Disney Channel runs an exclusive special, The Who's Tommy: The Amazing Journey, later released on home video.
Vital Music Records releases a single "Tommy in Seven Minutes" with 12 bands playing a few seconds each of the songs from the Who rock opera. Lunachicks,
John S. Hall, Dogbowl, Alice Donut, Uncle Wiggly, Smack Dab, and Iron Prostate are amongst the bands.
On the 27th, The New York Times Magazine, in advance of the release of the 30 Years Of Maximum R&B boxset, carries an article called
"Déjà Who" humorously criticizing the band for the many repackagings of their original recordings.
March 1984 (30 years ago)
U.K. #1 45's: "99 Red Balloons" - Nena; "Hello" - Lionel Richie
U.S. #1 radio play: "Jump" - Van Halen; "Footloose" - Kenny Loggins
On the 3rd, Roger's solo single "Walking In My Sleep" backed with "Somebody Told Me" from the album Parting Should Be Painless hits the charts.
In Britain it peaks at #56 and in the U.S. reaches #62 in Billboard and #73 in Cash Box. The 12" single also includes a cover of
"Gimme Some Lovin'".
Pete records the demo of "The Shout" at his home in Twickenham. The song later appears on Another Scoop.
Great White releases their self-titled second album featuring a heavy-metal cover of "Substitute."
On the 17th, Roger's first album for Atlantic Records, Parting Should Be Painless, enters the U.S. charts where it peaks at #102. Pam Lambert in
The Wall Street Journal describes it as "bland" while Wayne King in Record calls it disappointing and wonders how much Roger wants to
have a solo career.
On the same date, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd has his solo album About Face hit the British charts. Two tracks on the album, "Love On The Air" and
"All Lovers Are Deranged," are credited as Townshend-Gilmour. Pete had promised David that he would help him with lyrics he couldn't complete. David sent him
the two songs above as backing tracks and Pete sent them back with lyrics to fit. "White City Fighting," which will end up as the centerpiece for Pete's
White City, was turned down for the album.
On the 27th, Pete accompanies T.S. Eliot's widow Valerie to the opening night of Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical Starlight Express. Both of them agree
with critics, finding it appalling. The musical is extensively re-written after the premiere.
March 1979 (35 years ago)
U.K. #1 45's: "Tragedy" - The Bee Gees; "I Will Survive" - Gloria Gaynor
U.S. #1 radio play: "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" - Rod Stewart; "I Will Survive" - Gloria Gaynor; "Tragedy" - The Bee Gees
The soundtrack to the Sex Pistols' movie The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle is released featuring a cover of "Substitute".
The Strawb's Dave Lambert releases his solo LP Framed featuring John on bass. His credit reads "John Entwistle appears out of the goodness of his heart."
March 1974 (40 years ago)
U.K. #1 45's: "Devil Gate Drive" - Suzi Quatro; "Jealous Mind" - Alvin Stardust; "Billy, Don't Be a Hero" - Paper Lace
U.S. #1 radio play: "Seasons in the Sun" - Terry Jacks; "Dark Lady" - Cher; "Sunshine On My Shoulders" - Bob Denver
On the 1st, Roger becomes the first member of The Who to reach the dread age of 30. On the same day, Keith Moon reports to the set of Stardust where he is playing
drummer J.D. Clover. He will also be on call for the movie on the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 12th, 14th, 17th and 18th.
Meanwhile, Pete oversees another month of recording for the soundtrack to Tommy. Oliver Reed, Paul Nicholas, Arthur Brown, Barry Winch, Alison Dowling and
Simon Townshend record their vocal contributions.
On the 2nd, New Musical Express runs a profile on Terry Kennett, the young man who played Jimmy in the Quadrophenia booklet.
In Hit Parader, Pete provides details on the mixing of Quadrophenia and why it wasn't released as a quadraphonic album as he had planned.
On the 17th, Keith takes part in a re-creation of a New Musical Express Poll Winner's concert as part of the Stardust movie. It is shot at King's Hall,
Belle Vue, Manchester using The Who's PA.
On the 21st, Keith records an interview with the BBC about his participation in the movie Stardust. It airs on the Film Night program on the 27th.
On the 31st, The King Biscuit Flower Hour broadcasts an edited version of The Who's Dec. 4th, 1973 Philadelphia concert in the U.S. and Canada. The broadcast is
presented quadraphonically encoded for those with the appropriate equipment listening at home. After the show a sixty-second spot is aired announcing that The Who will
perform for the first time at New York's Madison Square Garden that June playing four shows. The ad is the only promotion for these concerts. Tickets for all four shows
sell out within fifteen hours.
March 1969 (45 years ago)
U.K. #1 45's: "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)? - Peter Sarstedt; "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" - Marvin Gaye
U.S. #1 radio play: "Everyday People" - Sly & The Family Stone; "Dizzy" - Tommy Roe
The Who continue paying the bills while awaiting the release of their grand opus Tommy. The 1st sees them at Mother's Club in Erdington, Birmingham followed by
the Technical College in Headington, Oxfordshire (7th), and the Corn Exchange in Cambridge (14th).
On the 3rd, The Who go into IBC Studio A, London to record "Overture", the last piece of the Tommy puzzle, demoed by Pete in "a haze of exhaustion".
Except for some overdubs this concludes five months in the studio recording the new rock opera.
On the 7th, "Pinball Wizard," the first new recording from The Who in seven months, is released in Britain. The b-side is the Keith Moon-credited instrumental
"Dogs Part 2," although the single also lists Towser and Jason, Pete and John's dogs respectively, as authors. The single, The Who's first to be released in stereo,
will ultimately reach #4, The Who's first big hit in two years.
The public may like it but the powers-that-be do not. BBC disc jockey Tony Blackburn attacks "Pinball Wizard" as "distasteful" and declares, "There is no excuse for the lyric.
" New Musical Express also attacks the song as "sick."
On the 10th, recording engineer Damon Lynn-Shaw and assistant engineer Ted Sharp begin the process of mixing Tommy.
On the 14th, prior to performing in Cambridge, The Who pre-tape an appearance on BBC 1's How Late It Is miming to "Pinball Wizard."
On the 15, Billboard reports that the forthcoming 45rpm release of "Pinball Wizard" will be Decca Records' first single released in stereo.
Circus magazine in the U.S. carries an advance article: "Pete Townshend on the Deaf, Dumb and Blind Boy."
In the midst of all this, Keith and his wife Kim appear on the cover of the Daily Mirror. Keith says he wants to purchase a royal title,
not for himself, but for Kim.
On the 18th, The Who rehearse Tommy at the BBC's Paris Studios. Stuart Harvey does short interviews with John and Keith for Radio 1 Club.
On the 22nd, "Pinball Wizard," again backed with "Dogs Part 2," is released in the U.S. It comes in a black-and-white picture sleeve that declares it is a selection from the
forthcoming opera "Tommy (1914-1984)." The single will peak at #19 in Billboard and #15 in Cash Box, again the first Top Twenty hit in the U.S. for The Who in two years.
Also on the 22nd, Pete tries to answer criticism of his new work in an interview in New Musical Express. "It puts across a number of values...gives a modern idea of
what good and bad is. A simple feeling of spiritual development in day-to-day living."
On the 26th, The Who continue rehearsals for their new Tommy-centered show at Bickersteth Memorial Hall, Grove Place, off New End, Hampstead in North West London.
Pete later reports that he and Keith are both amazed at how well the opera adapts to live performance.
On the 27th, The Who record a mimed performance of "Pinball Wizard" for a Top Of The Pops broadcast later that evening. They are paid £30 for their work but
get some publicity photos out of it, taken by Harry Goodwin.
On the 28th, Go prints the article: "The Who return to blow your minds." Who manager Kit Lambert says the next step will be to turn Tommy into a movie.
Also on the 28th, The Who appear live on Thames Television's Today show broadcast from Television House in Kingsway.
And also on the 28th, Karen Townshend gives birth to Emma, her and Pete's first child, at Queen Charlotte's Maternity Hospital in Hammersmith. Pete: "When I went into
Karen's room to comfort her, the room was filled with angels. I didn't say anything, worried I was going mad and that I might frighten her. But as I sat holding Karen's
hand and we smiled at each other, the room buzzed with magical energy. I wondered if I was having an LSD flashback." Later, Emma, after a short recording career,
will become an author and gardening columnist for The Independent.
On the the 29th, Keith is interviewed in Record Mirror. He talks about how The Who's attention is increasingly drawn to America
and the "Pinball Wizard" b-side that he still calls by its original title, "The Dark Side Of...".
Having spent a few days with the missus and child, Pete returns to The Who at Pan Sound, 23 Denmark Street in London for some additional recording on the 31st.
Afterwards the band goes onto the studio rooftop for a publicity photo shoot.
March 1964 (50 years ago)
U.K. #1 45's: "Anyone Who Had a Heart" - Cilla Black; "Little Children" - Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas
U.S. #1 radio play: "I Want to Hold Your Hand" - The Beatles; "She Loves You" - The Beatles
Dates for the newly dubbed The Who are the 1st at St. Mary's Hall in Putney, the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford (5th, 17th, 19th, 26th), the Goldhawk Social Club in Shepherd's Bush opening for The Undertakers (6th), Mead Hall in Ealing (7th), again at St. Mary's Hall (8th), the White Hart Hotel in Acton (15th), the Glenlyn Ballroom in Forest Hill (16th) and again at the Goldhawk Social Club on the 27th.
On the 4th, Pete fills in another form requesting an audition for the BBC Light Programme, this time under the name "The Who."
On the 7th, The Who are hired for the wedding reception of Joan Wilson whose brother Harry played drums with The Detours in 1963. The reception takes place at the
Old Oak Common Institute in Shepherd's Bush.
On the 14th, Melody Maker cites The Who in an article about the burgeoning R&B scene. It is the first national press mention of The Who. The same issue
also has an ad for Marshall Amps citing The Who as clients.
On the 26th, two days of riots break out between Mods and Rockers at the British seafront town of Clacton. The Mod movement, at that time a little-known teen cult in London,
gains national press attention due to the disturbances and Modism begins to spread throughout Britain and Northern Europe.
On the 28th, Roger marries his four-month pregnant 16-year old girlfriend Jacqueline Rickman at Wandsworth Registry Office. Johnny Kidd and
The Pirates are guests at the reception but no other member of The Who attends. News of Roger's marriage will be kept secret from The Who's fans until 1968 when
Jacqueline files for divorce.
No time for honeymoons as The Who have their first show in Brighton the next day, playing an all-night rave at the Florida Rooms next to the Brighton Aquarium.
On Easter Sunday, the 29th, the first pirate radio station, Radio Caroline, begins broadcasting from a ship off the British coast. This commercial
radio station uses its location in international waters to circumvent the government-owned and commercial-free BBC radio, then a stodgy institution
almost totally adverse to playing British and American rock 'n' roll. With Radio Caroline's success, a literal fleet of pirate radio stations, playing
all the latest rock 'n' roll, soon take to the air.
March 1959 (55 years ago)
U.K. #1 45's: "As I Love You" - Shirley Bassey with Wally Stott & His Orchestra; "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" - The Platters; "Side Saddle" - Russ Conway
U.S. #1 radio play: "Stagger Lee" - Lloyd Price; "Venus" - Frankie Avalon
Around this time, Acton County Grammar School officials write to the parents of Roger suggesting they take the fifteen year-old out of school because he refuses to
wear his school uniform. Roger leaves, ultimately gets a day job as a sheet-metal worker, and spends his nights putting a band together he calls The Detours.
March 1944 (70 years ago)
U.S. #1 sheet music: "Besame Mucho" - Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra; "Mairzy Doats" - The Merry Macs
On the 1st, Roger Harry Daltrey is born at Hammersmith Hospital in West London. His mother, in labor, walks to the hospital from the Shepherd's Bush underground train
station during a World War II Nazi aerial bombardment.
As always, thanks to John Atkins, Richard Barnes, Kevin Berger, Chris Charlesworth, Alan Clayson, Tony Fletcher, Ed Hanel,
Gary Herman, Joe Giorgianni, Bruce Kawakami, Matt Kent, Max Ker-Seymer, Karen Kimber, Olle Lundin, "Irish Jack" Lyons, Dave Marsh,
Alan McKendree, Joe McMichael, Andrew Motion, Andy Neill, Scott Smith, Christian Suchatzki, John Swenson, George Tremlett,
Richie Unterberger, Dave van Staveren, Mark Ian Wilkerson, Stephen Wolter and all the others who did the original research
and provided the aid that led to this page.
A note about photographs: None of the photographs used on this site are by purchase agreement with the original photographer.
I try to credit when I can discover the name of the original photographer but, in most case, sources in newspapers, old copies of
Creem Magazine, and even some Who books, do not credit photographers. If you are the photographer or represent the photographer
and you do not want your photograph posted, please get in touch and I will remove it immediately. This is a wholly non-profit
site (if you could see my bank account, you'd know it's quite the opposite!) established to provide an historical overview of The Who.