March 2012 (5 years ago)
New music releases: "Call Me Maybe" - Carly Rae Jepsen; "Radioactive" - Imagine Dragons; "Everybody Talks" - Neon Trees; "Boyfriend" - Justin Bieber
On the 2nd, Die Ärtze release their EP zeiDverschwÄndung containing the track "Quadrophenia", a tribute to Mods and The Who.
Also on the 2nd, Pete Townshend is interviewed on episode 2 of the BBC TV programme Melvyn Bragg on Class and Culture. He talks about Mods, Who managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp, and living in Belgravia. On the same day Roger Daltrey is a guest on The Alan Titchmarsh Show.
On the 6th, Alexander Ludwig releases the single "Live it Up (Teenage Wasteland)". "Baba O'Riley" is mentioned in the lyrics.
On the 7th, Roger is interviewed on Steve Wright in the Afternoon on BBC Radio 2 about the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Starting on the 9th, Roger continues his solo Tommy tour in Europe at Il Gran Teatro GEOX in Padua, Italy. Other dates are at Teatro Carol Felice in Genoa (11th), Teatro Colosseo in Turin (12th), L'Olympia in Paris (15th), Teatro Rossetti in Trieste (18th), Teatro Comunale in Florence (20th), Auditorium della Conciliazione in Rome (21st, 23rd) and Teatro Smeraldo in Milan (24th).
Brevity cartoon, March 10.
On the 20th, Luminate releases The Covers EP. One of the songs covered is "Let My Love Open the Door".
On the 25th, Roger makes a cameo of a few seconds as an elaborately made-up hookah=smoking caterpillar on ABC-TV's Once Upon a Time. His sole line is to say "Who Are You? Who? Who?"
On the 28th, Roger, Ron Wood and Paul Weller perform together at the Royal Albert Hall for the Teenage Cancer Trust. The Following night, the three return to join Paul McCartney in a performance of "Get Back".
March 2007 (10 years ago)
New music releases: Let It Go - Tim McGraw; Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits - Elton John; We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank - Modest Mouse; Luvanmusiq - Musiq Soulchild
The practically endless Endless Wire tour continues on the 1st at the iPayOne Center in San Diego.
On the 3rd, Pete and his partner Rachel Fuller hold another of their intimate "In The Attic" shows at Hotel Café in Hollywood. Also performing is Tenacious D despite Jack Black having a sore throat, Alexi Murdoch, Joe Purdy, and Ben Harper.
The Who continue to the Sears Center in Chicago on the 5th and the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on the 6th.
The 8th sees The Who playing at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. A minor political scandal arises from this show when it is revealed that a number of Republican lawmakers, including the widow of Sonny Bono, are charging lobbyists $1500 a ticket to share the experience of a Who show in seats next to them.
The Who continue their own form of influence-peddling with shows at the Borgata Event Center in Atlantic City on the 9th and Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New Jersey on the 11th.
On the 13th, Rachel announces on her blog that she and Pete will have their own music festival that summer called "Atticfest". Unfortunately, it does not come to pass. On the same day VH1 Classic begins running a series of public service announcements as part of a "Rock Autism" campaign. Roger Daltrey is featured in one of the spots.
Roger has his own troubles that night at the Ford Amphitheatre in Tampa, Florida, walking offstage unable to sing halfway through the opening song. Pete apologizes saying Roger has a viral infection complicated by severe dehydration. Who shows over the next nine days are cancelled including what was to have been The Who's first live performance in Mexico.
On the 14th, Pete is the keynote speaker at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. He uses the address to announce the successful completion of The Method, the computer software program Pete imagined in 1970 that would turn fans' personal information into musical sequences. Designed by mathematician and musician Lawrence Ball, the software will present applicants, called "sitters" with a series of questions that will then return a musical phrase that will belong to the sitter. A further press conference is announced for April 25th.
On the 15th, Pete and Rachel hold another Attic Jam concert at La Zona Rosa in Austin. This show features performances from Martha Wainwright, Willy Mason, Mika, Alexi Murdoch and Joe Purdy. Watching from the audience are Peter Buck and Robyn Hitchcock.
On the 16th, Pete walks on during The Fratellis' set at the South by Southwest Festival and joins them, playing along during the rest of their show.
On the 20th, Triggerfinger releases their live CD Faders Up featuring a cover of "Boris The Spider".
Roger feels well enough on the 22nd for The Who tour to resume at the Alltel Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas, followed by the Ford Center in Oklahoma City on the 23rd, a make-up show at the Ford Amphitheatre in Tampa on the 25th and concluding the tour at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on the 26th.
On the 23rd, the dramatic movie Reign Over Me, starring Adam Sandler and featuring a cover of "Love, Reign O'er Me" by Eddie Vedder as its title song, premieres.
On the 24th, Pete announces on his blog that a planned August return to North America has been cancelled due to concerns about Roger's health.
On the 31, The Who play their last show for the next two-and-a-half months at the Royal Albert Hall in London closing the 2007 series of Teenage Cancer Trust concerts.
March 2002 (15 years ago)
New album releases: The Massacre - 50 Cent; In Between Dreams - Jack Johnson; Songs About Me - Trace Adkins; Rebirth - Jennifer Lopez
In the March issue of Mojo magazine, Pete picks artist Peter Blake, the man behind the Face Dances cover, as his personal hero.
On the 3rd, Ed Masley in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette votes The Who Sings My Generation the best debut album of all time.
On the 4th, Clarinex begins television advertising using the "Overture from Tommy" as music.
In Q magazine, Pete lists a February 3, 1966 show by a 15 year-old Stevie Wonder at the Scotch of St. James club as his favorite concert of all time.
Betty cartoon March 10.
On the 15th, The Halifax Daily News reports that artist Greg Forrest has installed a seven-piece bronze recreation of Keith Moon's drum kit after destruction, entitled "Heavy Metal," at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's education gallery.
On the 18th, Roger gives a surprise performance at The Joint in Los Angeles backed by a band consisting of The Rolling Stones' backup singer Bernard Fowler, guitarists Waddy Wachtel and Jack Tempchin, drummer Phil Jones, bassist Rick Rosas and vocalist Terry Reid. Roger sings "The Kids Are Alright" and "Stand By Me." Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson are in the audience.
On the 20th, The Alex Skolnick Trio releases the CD Goodbye to Romance: Standards for a New Generation with a jazz trio cover of "Pinball Wizard".
March 1997 (20 years ago)
New album releases: Life After Death - Notorious B.I.G.; Savage Garden - Savage Garden; Nine Lives - Aerosmith; Pop - U2
Also on the 10th, Swervedriver releases a single of "Magic Bus" from the soundtrack of a snowboarding movie called Day Tripper.
The John Entwistle Band records more songs at John's estate.
On the 18th, Pete testifies as an expert witness in a court case concerning a saxophonist who is suing for loss of her performing ability after being forced underwater for three minutes during a river barge accident.
Also on the 18th, Bile releases their CD Biledegradable with an industrial-rock version of "My Generation."
On the 22nd, Roger performs in a studio in Vienna. His image is sent to outdoor screens where Jean-Michael Jarre accompanies his singing. Also taking part are The Spice Girls and Supertramp. Later Roger appears on the German TV show Wetten-dass where he performs an acoustic version of "My Generation" then smashes the guitar.
March 1992 (25 years ago)
New album releases: Wynonna - Wynonna Judd; Totally Krossed Out - Kris Kross; 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of... - Arrested Development; Adrenalize - Def Leppard
On the 25th, John performs on the 40th Anniversary of American Bandstand TV special.
March 1987 (30 years ago)
New album releases: The Joshua Tree - U2; Tribute - Ozzy Osbourne & Randy Rhodes; Sign O' The Times - Prince; Trio - Ronstadt/Harris/Parton
On the 1st, John joins Meat Loaf at the end of his concert at Wembley Stadium to play bass during Loaf's "Rock Medley".
On the 5th, The Arts & Entertainment cable channel does a special on Roger.
On the 7th, Pete's second collection of his demos, Another Scoop, is released. It peaks in the U.S. at #198. Released at the same time is a promo single of "Ask Yourself" backed with "Brooklyn Kids" and a promo video.
Pete gets a Synclavier synthesizer and begins recording musical snippets. "Theme 015" a "variation in G" appears on Scoop 3. In the liner notes he says he was trying to create a symphonic version of the "Siege" material originally intended for The Who's unrecorded 1983 album.
On the 24th, Roger discusses the problems caused by the accidental killing of half of million of his trout at his trout farm in the magazine Today. He says his fishery was not affected, just the lake where his trout were bred, and he invites anglers to come and fish.
On the 28th, Billboard reports that Roger has received an Ampex Golden Reel Award for Under A Raging Moon. It had been recorded on Ampex tape.
March 1982 (35 years ago)
New album releases: Asia - Asia; Always On My Mind - Willy Nelson; Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet - Rick Springfield; Blackout - The Scorpions
On the 12th, Pete writes an article about The Jam and Paul Weller in Time Out.
On the 14th or within the next few days, John joins Ringo Starr during sessions for his Old Wave album at Startling Studios, Tittenhurst Park in London. Also along for the jam session are Eric Clapton, Ray Cooper and Joe Walsh. They produce the mostly instrumental "Everybody's in a Hurry But Me."
Guitar Player features a color supplement of highlights of John's collection of 177 guitars, 70% of them basses.
RCA issues The Kids Are Alright movie in their short-lived SelectaVision videodisc format. For two decades it will be the only home video issue of the complete version of the film.
On the 27th, Roger's solo collection Best Bits enters the U.S. charts. Two new songs appear on the album, "Martyrs and Madmen" and "Treachery." It peaks at #185 in the U.S. charts.
March 1977 (40 years ago)
New album releases: Foreigner - Foreigner; Go For Your Guns - The Isley Brothers; Let There Be Rock - AC/DC; Anytime...Anywhere - Rita Coolidge
On the 5th, John jumps to Pete's defense in an article in New Musical Express responding to a previous article in which Jimmy Page had called Pete a "musical dictator". Part of John's response is used as the title for the article: "Led Zeppelin? – wish we'd never invented the name."
On the 10th, Keith Moon again checks himself into Cedars-Sinai Hospital to dry out, this time for over a month.
On the 14th, John "Wiggy" Wolff opens his "Light Fantastic" show at London's Royal Academy of Art showing his work with lasers that began with the 1975 Who shows.
On the 30th, Pete demos "Never Ask Me" at Eel Pie Studios. It is intended but rejected for the next Who album. Pete later sends it to Quincy Jones for the next Frank Sinatra album, but Jones also rejects it. It ultimately ends up on Another Scoop. It is also believed that Pete made his demo for "Who Are You" on this date.
March 1972 (45 years ago)
New album releases: Machine Head - Deep Purple; Thick As A Brick - Jethro Tull; Smokin' - Humble Pie; Seven Separate Fools - Three Dog Night
In Crawdaddy, Brian John Murphy writes a retrospective review of The Who Sell Out, which he says was unfairly ignored on release and superior to The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Guitar Player prints a long Pete interview that covers his guitar technique.
On the 18th, Billboard magazine gives a thumbs-down to a production of Tommy in Los Angeles. In the same issue they report that "Let's See Action" has reached #8 in Poland.
On or around the 19th, Keith, who never learned how to drive, returns to his home from The Sgt. Pepper Club in Staines, driving his AC 428 (Fastback) car at 140 mph through three fences, skidding on through farm land and ultimately stopping four feet short of a reservoir.
On the 27th, Pete pre-records his appearance on the BBC1 TV programme How Can You Be So Sure? discussing his belief in Meher Baba.
On the 28th, film of Pete mixing Billy Nicholls' "Forever's No Time At All" and playing a synthesizer is seen in the ATV-TV documentary Whatever Happened to Tin Pan Alley?
Also on the 28th, Keith makes up for the totaled AC 428 by purchasing a 1938 Chrysler Model Wimbledon Limousine.
March 1967 (50 years ago)
New records: "Somethin' Stupid" - Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra; "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" - The Monkees; "Sweet Soul Music" - Arthur Conley; "Somebody To Love" - Jefferson Airplane
On the 1st, "Happy Jack" peaks at #4 on the German charts. It is The Who's biggest singles hit in that country.
On the 2nd, David Magnus photographs fan Carole-Anne spending the day with John before attending that night's Marquee Club show.
That night's show is videotaped for the German TV special Beat Club auß London. The Who's performance of "So Sad About Us" is later released on the video 30 Years Of Maximum R&B and the climatic "My Generation" on the video Who's Better Who's Best. Other acts performing that night at the Marquee are The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers, Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band and the Smoke. The special airs in Germany on the 11th. After the show members of the Canadian band The Guess Who, in the audience for the show, meet up with The Who. The Guess Who suggest The Who change their name to avoid confusion. John tells them to bugger off. From this point on, whenever the two bands are in the same town during tours, they call each other on the phone and tell them to "bugger off!"
Back to the local tours for the lads. The 4th sees them at the California Ballroom in Dunstable supported by David Essex and Mood Indigo. On the 10th they play the Top Rank in Swansea, Wales along with the Herd (guitarist Peter Frampton), the Rubber Band, the Neat Change and Ronnie Keane. On the 11th, they go to King's Hall in Stoke-on-Trent, then on the 13th for a "Rag Rave" at Granby Hall in Leicester with support The Alan Price Set, Zoot Money and Dick Morrissey.
"A Quick One While He's Away (part 1)" backed with "A Quick One While He's Away (part 2)" and "So Sad About Us" is released in Sweden. It reaches #19 there.
On the 16th, Who managers Kit Lambert (right) and Chris Stamp (left) hold a press conference announcing the launch of their label Track Records. Michael Caine, Chris' brother actor Terence Stamp, Jean Shrimpton and Simon and Garfunkel attend and colour footage of The Who, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and John's Children is shown.
The Who squeeze in two more shows before their U.S. trip, playing an Arts Ball at the University of Exeter with The Mike Cotton Sound on the 17th and the Forum Cinema in Devonport on the 18th.
On the 18th, "Happy Jack" backed with "Whiskey Man" is finally released in the U.S. It becomes The Who's first stateside hit, reaching #24 in the Billboard charts and #13 in Cash Box.
Also on the 18th, New Musical Express prints a Track Records press release that says The Who plan to release a series of EP's on Track.
And again on the 18th, Lambert and Stamp release the first record on their label Track Records. Oddly enough, it isn't a Who record, but rather "Purple Haze" by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. It goes all the way to #3.
On the 21st, The Who en masse finally arrive in the United States; New York City to be exact, and move into the Drake Hotel. A young American photographer, Linda Eastman, photographs them. She is lucky to have caught them. Keith and John's sky-high room-service bills cause them to move over the next two weeks into two other hotels and ends with Pete sleeping on somebody's couch.
On the 23rd, The Who attend the dress rehearsal for the Murray the K shows. The stage hands think something has gone horribly wrong at the end of The Who's set, then applaud after they realize The Who's equipment-destroying is part of their act.
On the 24th, The Barron Knights release their single "Lazy Fat People," a song written for them by Pete and secretly concerning Allan Klein.
Also on the 24th, Jeff Beck releases his first solo single "Hi Ho Silver Lining." The b-side, "Beck's Bolero," features Keith on drums from the time in 1966 when he was considering leaving The Who. Pete, out clubbing with Keith, becomes very upset when he hears the track and Keith confesses to playing on it.
On the 25th, The Who make their U.S. debut as part of Murray The K's Easter Show at the R.K.O. 58th Street Theater in New York. Also performing are Wilson Pickett, the Blues Project, Jim & Jean, the Chicago Loop, Mandala and for this night, Phil Ochs. The Who have their "Happy Jack" promo film projected behind them as they play for at least the first night.
On the 27th, Simon and Garfunkel are on the bill. Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels join the cast that night and stay for the remainder of the shows. The Blues Magoos join on the 28th. These are the shows that Keith Moon would later describe as "one and a half minutes of 'Can't Explain,' one and a half minutes of 'My Generation,' smash your guitar and run off." And they did it five times a day, from 10:15am to just before midnight, for nine days. Total pay: $5000.
March 1957 (60 years ago)
New records: "All Shook Up" - Elvis Presley; "Searchin'" - The Coasters; "School Days" - Chuck Berry; "Dark Moon" - Gale Storm
On the 7th, Mose Allison records "Blues", a short number for his album Back Country Suite. Redubbed "Young Man Blues", it will become one of The Who's most powerful covers.
Got anything wrong?
E-mail me by clicking HERE
JANUARY FEBRUARY APRIL MAY JUNE JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER
Tweets by @BrianInAtlanta
The Who 2017
The My Generation LP gets the Super Deluxe treatment 5 CD's, hardcover book, previously unreleased Pete Townshend demos
The Who In The City by Ian Snowball. In depth look at The Who's history and locations within the City of London.
Who Are You? The Life & Death of Keith Moon by Jim McCarthy and Marc Olivent. The life of Keith in graphic novel form.
There Is No Substitute: A Tribute To Keith Moon by Ian Snowball. The art and style of The Who's irreplacable drummer.
The Cuvée Roger Daltrey produced by Champagne Charles Orban
Volume 4: The Polydor Singles 1975-2015
The Who's Official Website
As always, thanks to
A note about photographs: