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November 2012 (5 years ago)

New music releases: "Diamonds" - Rihanna; "Stay" - Rihanna; Now That's What I Call Music! 83 (U.K.) - Various Artists; Live 2012 - Coldplay

On the 1st, the new live edition of Quadrophenia performed by The Who opens at The BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. Pete Townshend has trouble with too loud stage sound and quietly walks off stage during the encore. Roger Daltrey and the rest of the band perform "Baba O'Riley" without him.

The Who Gwinnett 2012 The Who Gwinnett 2012
Photo: Robb D. Cohen

Pete returns to the stage as the tour continues to the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida (3rd), The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia (5th), the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville, South Carolina (8th), Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina (9th), Consol Energy Arena in Pittsburgh (11th), Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. (13th), Barclays Center in Brooklyn (14th), TD Garden in Boston (16th), Bell Centre in Montreal (20th), Scotiabank Place in Ottawa (21st), Air Canada Centre in Toronto (23rd), Joe Louis Arena in Detroit (24th), Target Center in Minneapolis (27th), and two nights at the Allstate Arena in Chicago (29th, 30th).

On the 11th, the Japanese band Kuhombutsu release their album Ikiteru tochuuni shindara doushiyou featuring the song "Pete Townshend".

On the 12th, Roger and Pete address a packed lunchtime crowd at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Roger leads the way speaking in support of the Who Cares charity and the new Teen Cancer America, meant to continue the work of Britain's Teenage Cancer Trust to the United States. Pete does his part later participating in an interview and call-in on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation.

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On the 19th, Live At Hull 1970 and a mono mix of My Generation are released on CD in the U.K. Also released is a 12-inch blue vinyl edition of The Who's Music for the Closing Ceremony in a limited edition of 1,000.

Also on the 19th, Pete is interviewed on Late Night with David Letterman.

Pete Townshend Skokie booksigning Pete Townshend Skokie booksigning
Photo: Barry Brecheisen

On the 22nd, Pete fits in another stop of hi autobiography book tour, interviewed by broadcaster and music writer Alan Cross at the Indigo Bookstore in Toronto followed by a book signing. On the 26th, Pete also signs books at the Old Orchard Center Barnes & Noble bookstore in Skokie, Illinois.

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Chris Stamp, Mike Shaw, "Irish" Jack Lyons
Photo: Jack Lyons

The Who family also suffers some great losses during the month. On the 17th, Mike Shaw, original member of the crew from the High Numbers days, passes away. Then on the 24th, Chris Stamp, half of the Lambert & Stamp management team that brought The Who to fame, dies at age 79.

November 2007 (10 years ago)

New music releases: The Ultimate Hits - Garth Brooks; Vivere - The Best of Andrea Bocelli - Andrea Bocelli; Mothership - Led Zeppelin; Back Home - Westlife

On the 2nd, Roger is interviewed about the soon to be released Who documentary Amazing Journey - The Story of The Who on The Greg Kihn Morning Show.

On the 3rd, the documentary itself is shown without commercial interruption on VH1.

Pete is also out doing a bit of promo, appearing on The Johnnie Walker Show on BBC Radio 2. He plays "The Real Me."

View From A Backstage Pass CD View From A Backstage Pass CD

On the 5th, The Who's official website,, is launched. New members receive as bonus a special 2-CD set of archival live Who recordings View From a Backstage Pass. The CD is mixed by long-time Who soundman Bob Pridden with Sean Witt. Pete and Roger both write messages for the opening although Roger admits "I feel about as useful as a pork chop in a synagogue with all this Internet bollocks."

Roger Daltrey Amazing Journey Premiere Roger Daltrey Amazing Journey Premiere

The evening of the 5th, Pete and Roger attend the London premiere of the film and answer questions from Jeremy Clarkson. Also attending the premiere are Bianca Jagger, Peaches Geldof, Martin Freeman and The Zutons.

Amazing Journey DVD Amazing Journey DVD

On the 6th, Amazing Journey - The Story of The Who DVD is released in U.S. A 3-DVD special edition includes six additional short documentaries about The Who and video of their December 8, 1979 Chicago concert.

On the 7th, PBS airs an interview with Roger on The Tavis Smiley Show.

Roger spends the weekend following the documentary premiere in Las Vegas as part of the 10th Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp.

On the 9th, the group 3 Normal Beatles releases their CD We Name It Justice featuring a cover of "My Generation".

The Bridge Collection, Vol 3

On the 13th, The Bridge Collection, Vol 3 is released on iTunes featuring 1998 acoustic performances by Pete of "Drowned" and "Let My Love Open the Door" and The Who in 1999 playing equally acoustic versions of "Boris The Spider" and "Won't Get Fooled Again".

The Who on Jools Holland 2007

On the 25th, Pete and Roger tape an appearance on Later With Jools Holland. They perform "The Seeker," "Tea and Theatre," "My Generation" and "Baba O'Riley." There is also a sit-down interview. It airs on the 30th.

November 2002 (15 years ago)

New music releases: Up! - Shania Twain; The Greatest Hits 1970-2002 - Elton John; Justified - Justin Timberlake; Away From The Sun - 3 Doors Down

On the 1st, The Sunday Times lists Pete in its annual rich list. Pete ties with Robbie Williams, Ronnie Wood and Jackie Collins for 62nd place among Britian's top earners at £10m worth. Roger places 106th at £6.5m tieing with Hugh Grant.

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On the 3rd, Pete reviews Journals by Kurt Cobain for the Sunday Observer. "Read this book to see that the human spirit, even at its most sublime, can effect monumental damage on itself and its fellow souls if addiction enters the story. I mourn for Kurt. A once beautiful, then pathetic, lost and heroically stupid boy."

Roger Daltrey Brighton Walk of Fame Roger Daltrey Brighton Walk of Fame
Photo: Jim Gordon

Also on the 3rd, Roger attends the ceremony opening the Brighton Walk Of Fame where he has a star.

On the 11th, Pete is interviewed in Stuff magazine where he again denies rumors that he is gay. "I was talking about the fact that many of my friends have been gay, so the interviewer assumed I was coming out."

Roger Daltrey Fox Studios 2002

On the 14th, Roger performs at Fox Studios in Hollywood at the Fulfillment Fund's Stars 2002 benefit gala honoring Megan and Peter Chernin and Sheri and Les Biller.

Glitter Tune CD Glitter Tune CD

The Japanese Mod band The Collectors release their album Glitter Tune containing the track "Mr. Gentle (Song For John Entwistle)".

On the 16th, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam talks to the Baltimore Sun about The Who continuing after John Entwistle's death. "I understand the people who criticize them for going on. But ultimately it's their choice, and the fact that they went out and used the music to process it with the fans, I thought it was a courageous option."

The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert DVD The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert DVD

On the 26th, The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert from 1992 is released on DVD and Left For Live: Deluxe Edition is released by Koch Records in the U.S.

November 1997 (20 years ago)

New music releases: Come On Over - Shania Twain; Titanic/Original Soundtrack - James Horner; Let's Talk About Love - Celine Dion; Sevens - Garth Brooks
Photo: Dave Benett

On the 4th, The Who receive a lifetime achievement award from Q magazine at the Park Lane Hotel in London. Pete and John attend but Roger cannot be there as he is in the U.S. working on a film. Pete doesn't even stay for the presentation of the award, leaving early to pick up his son from school. John accepts the award, adding that Keith Moon is the only member of The Who with an excuse for not being there.

On the same day, Pete records "971104 Arpeggio Piano" at his home in London. It is later released on Scoop 3.

On the 7th, Pete records "Variations on Dirty Jobs" on piano. It is also later released on Scoop 3.

On the 15th, Roger again plays Hugh Fitzcairn on Highlander: The Series in an episode entitled "Unusual Suspects."

On the 17th, Variety reports that Robert De Niro's studio Tribeca has teamed with MTV Productions to make a movie of 'Dougal' Butler's Keith Moon book Moon The Loon. They say it will be written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (The Commitments) and be a "My Favorite Year set in the rock business, as seen through the eyes of their roadies".

November 1992 (25 years ago)

New music releases: The Bodyguard/Original Soundtrack - Whitney Houston; Breathless - Kenny G; The Chronic - Dr. Dre; Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine
The Who In Print The Who In Print

Stephen Wolter and Karen Kimber's The Who In Print: An Annotated Biography, 1965 though 1990 is published by McFarland Press.

On the 17th, John performs in the Grand Scientific Musical Theater at the COMDEX computer trade show in Las Vegas. Graham Nash, Todd Rundgren and Jon Anderson also participate using a new JBL sound system called 3-D Virtual Audio. The concert is intended to raise a projected $1 million for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

November 1987 (30 years ago)

New album releases: Now That's What I Call Music! 10 (U.K.) - Various Artists; Whenever You Need Somebody - Rick Astley; Make It Last Forever - Keith Sweat; All The Best! - Paul McCartney

On the 4th, Pete's daughter Emma tells the press that her father's example has made sure she never dabbled with drugs.

John Entwistle Blood Drive 1987 John Entwistle Blood Drive 1987

John begins his first solo tour of the U.S. since the breakup of The Who. Backing him is a Westchester band called Rat Race Choir with Dave Chmela on vocals, Mark Hitt on guitar, Jack Hotop on keyboards and Steve Luongo on drums. On the 6th, John and the band are interviewed on Howard Stern's radio show in New York. That night or the next sees their first performance of the tour at The Chance in Poughkeepsie. On the 8th, they are part of the K-Rock Rock and Roll Up Your Sleeve Blood Drive at The Bottom Line in New York. The audience is made up of the first 400 people who volunteer blood for the drive and John is interviewed by CNN.

John Entwistle Rat Race Choir 1987 John Entwistle Rat Race Choir 1987

On the 9th, John and the band play The Trocadero in Philadelphia followed by Bessie's Boat House in Norfolk, Virginia (13th), The Bayou in Washington, D.C. (15th), The Channel in Boston (19th), and Baity's Backstreets in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (27th).

The Daily Express reports that John is seeking to sell his mansion near Stow-on-the-Wold to pay his back taxes.

The San Jose Mercury News credits an agent for The Who as saying they are considering a tour of Europe and the U.S. in 1989 but denies they are doing it because they need the money. The agent says, "They are all quite wealthy."

Pete records the demo of the song "Dig" for his musical The Iron Man. It is later released on the "I Won't Run Anymore" CD-single.

November 1982 (35 years ago)

New records: Thriller - Michael Jackson; Records - Foreigner; Hello, I Must Be Going - Phil Collins; The John Lennon Collection - John Lennon
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On the 3rd, It's Hard is certified gold by the RIAA.

On the 5th, the first episode of The Tube with host Jools Holland airs on Channel 4 UK. Pete is interviewed, talks about how he saw through Woodstock, was glad to have played Shea Stadium and jokes that he now wants to get out of rock and become a bank manager.

Rolling Stone reports that Pete and Roger got in a backstage argument during the previous leg of the North American tour about why this was the final tour. They also report that Roger's sister has died of cancer. Her death will eventually lead Roger to his work with the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The Who women's field hockey The Who women's field hockey

On the afternoon of the 27th, Roger, John Kenney Jones, Bobby Pridden and manager Bill Curbishley play field hockey with a women's team, while wearing wigs and women's uniforms!

The Who ticket Nov 27 1982

Pete, meanwhile, is in his hotel room recording "Prelude #556" on his TEAC Portastudio; it ends up on Another Scoop. That evening the final leg of the North American tour begins at the Orlando Tangerine Bowl. The opening acts are Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and The B-52's who are booed offstage 25 minutes into their set.

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The tour continues to the Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky (29th) and the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center in Birmingham, Alabama (30th).

November 1977 (40 years ago)

New records: Saturday Night Fever/Original Soundtrack - Various Artists; Foot Loose & Fancy Free - Rod Stewart; Slowhand - Eric Clapton; All 'n All - Earth, Wind & Fire

On the 4th, Keith Moon is arrested at the Ritz Hotel in Paris for rowdy behavior and spends the night in jail. He is in Paris to hang out with the Rolling Stones as they record their Some Girls LP.

On the 7th, Pete goes on Nicky Horne's radio show Your Mother Wouldn't Like It in London with demos intended for the new Who album. He plays "Who Are You," "Sister Disco, "Love Is Coming Down" and the rejected track "Like It The Way It Is."

On the 9th, Pete sees an ATV documentary called Dummy directed by Franc Roddam. It impresses Pete enough that he subsequently approaches Roddam to direct the film version of Quadrophenia.

Street In The City 45 Street In The City 45

The U.K. and U.S. get different Pete singles from the Rough Mix LP. "Street In the City" backed with Ronnie Lane's "Annie" comes out in Britain on the 11th, while "My Baby Gives It Away" backed with Ronnie Lane's "April Fool" is released in the U.S. on the 19th. Neither single reaches the charts.

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Photo: Barry Plummer

On the 21st, Keith takes Melody Maker journalist Chris Welch on a "punk rock pub crawl." Accompanying them is Keith Altham, Bill Curbishley, Richard Dorse, and Billy Idol and Tony James of Generation X. They drive the short distance from the Marquee to the Vortex Club in Keith's pink Rolls Royce. Spying the queue of punks waiting to get in, Keith berates them. "Call yourselves anarchists? I've never queued in my life! I'll show you how to walk into a club!" He promptly marches in past the bouncers to the punks' cheers.

November 1972 (45 years ago)

New records: They Only Come Out At Night - The Edgar Winter Group; Europe '72 - The Grateful Dead; Burning Love and Hits from His Movies, Volume 2 - Elvis Presley; No Secrets - Carly Simon

On the 1st, Pete records the demo for "Sea and Sand" for Quadrophenia at his home studio in Twickenham. Also during the month he demos "Punk" later to be called "The Punk and the Godfather".

Whistle Rymes Whistle Rymes

On the 3rd, John's second solo album Whistle Rymes is released in the U.K. The U.S. release is the following day. The album's name is deliberately misspelled in reference to the usual mistaken spelling of John's last name as "Entwhistle". Roy Carr in New Musical Express says the songs "make Alice Cooper's capers appear as harmless as The Magic Roundabout." Electric guitars are played by ex-Thunderclap Newman and future Wing Jimmy McCulloch and future alive comer Peter Frampton. The U.S. boosts the LP to #138 on the Billboard charts. A single, "I Wonder" backed with "Who Cares?" is released in the U.S. around the same time but fails to chart.

On the 4th, Melody Maker reports that the upcoming live concert of the all-star version of Tommy has been banned from the Royal Albert Hall.

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Sometime between the 6th and the 10th, Keith Moon sits in with Alice Cooper during the Billion Dollar Babies LP sessions at Morgan Studios in Willesden. Also playing along are Marc Bolan, Harry Nilsson and Rick Grech. A musical jam by this all-star cast is recorded but is not released until 2001.

John continues recording his third solo album Rigor Mortis Sets In at Novasound Studios, London.

Meanwhile, The Who begin construction of their new studio in Battersea where they had been storing their touring equipment.

Crawdaddy magazine carries an ad for Pete's recent album Who Came First. The ad contains a half-page essay by Pete explaining why he released the record.

Rolling Stone Keith Moon cover Rolling Stone Keith Moon cover

In an interview for Rolling Stone, Keith reminisces about the many legendary feats with which he is associated, some of which actually occurred.

Orchestral Tommy booklet Orchestral Tommy booklet

On the 24th, the all-star recording of Tommy by the London Symphony orchestra is released in the U.K. In the U.S. it is released on the 27th. Pete sings the Narrator, Roger sings Tommy and John sings Cousin Kevin. The elaborately packaged double album reaches #5 in the charts and becomes the only non-bootleg Who-related album to be released in the short-lived Quadraphonic format. Roy Carr gives it a rave review in New Musical Express and Audio calls it better than the original album. Disagreeing is Lester Bangs in Rolling Stone who dismisses it as "only product, and Christmas product at that" and Ed Ward in Creem whose opprobrium extends to all rock operas and concept albums. The success of the album will lead Rizner and Robert Stigwood to revive the idea of making a movie of Tommy.

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On the 25th, a new record featuring unadulterated Who is released in the U.S. "The Relay" backed with "Waspman" will peak at #39 in Billboard and #33 in Cash Box.

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On the same day Keith compères a benefit for the Southern California Council of Free Clinics at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. Dressed in drag, he introduces Stevie Wonder and Shanana.

On the 28th, Pete is interviewed about the London Symphony Orchestra's Tommy for the programme Scene and Heard.

November 1967 (50 years ago)

New records: Magical Mystery Tour - The Beatles; Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd. - The Monkees; Disraeli Gears - Cream; Days of Future Passed - The Moody Blues

On the 1st, The Who play the Empire Theatre in Liverpool as part of their package tour of the U.K.

The next day, the recording of The Who Sell Out is finally finished as Kit Lambert calls Pete in to IBC Studios in London to perform a solo number on acoustic guitar, "Sunrise." The track replaces the mock advertisement song "Jaguar" that will grace, space, race many a bootleg until its official release in 1994.

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Also on the 2nd, The Who appear on Top Of The Pops miming to "I Can See For Miles." In a certain affront to their old Mod fans, The Who dress as rockers. On the 11th, they follow up it up with an appearance on BBC's Top Gear radio show.

Keith Moon makeup 4 Nov 1967 Keith Moon makeup 4 Nov 1967

The Who package tour picks up again on the 3rd at the Granada Cinema in Kingston-upon-Thames followed by the Granada Cinema in Walthamstow (4th). Backstage, Chris Morphet shoots 8mm film of The Who applying their stage makeup. A snippet is used in The Kids Are Alright. That night Pete has to borrow Herd guitarist Peter Frampton's guitar for his set. Miraculously, Frampton gets his guitar back intact.

Who ad 8 Nov 1967 Who ad 8 Nov 1967

The tour continues to the Theatre Royal in Nottingham (5th), the Town Hall in Birmingham (6th), the Granada Cinema in Kettering (8th), the Granada Cinema in Maidstone (9th), the Adelphi Cinema in Slough (10th), and the Imperial Ballroom in Nelson (11th).

Why Townshend is Unrepentant Why Townshend is Unrepentant

On the 11th, Disc magazine catches up with Pete and finds him unapologetic about his onstage violence during the first part of the package tour in October. "It's a small paranoic thing that's built up in me over the years, and now I find I can't go to sleep unless I've smashed the gear up." On the same day, Billboard reports that The Who have signed a product endorsement contract with Vox and will use only Vox guitar and amps for the next five years in all public performances including radio, TV, movies and concerts.

I Can See For Miles Swedish picture sleeve I Can See For Miles Swedish picture sleeve

Also on the 11th, "I Can See For Miles" enters the Dutch charts where it will peak at #28. In Sweden both "I Can See For Miles" and "The Last Time" enter the Tio i Topp charts. Incredibly "The Last Time" will be the bigger hit peaking at #9 to "Miles'" #15.

The Who at Shawnee High School The Who at Shawnee High School

On the 15th, The Who return to the U.S. for another tour. The 17th, sees them opening for The Buckinghams at the Shawnee Mission South High School in Overland Park, Kansas.

Rolling Stone contains the article: "B.O., baked beans, buns and The Who" about problems with the real products mentioned on The Who Sell Out. Heinz loves the song about baked beans but Odorono threatens to sue.

On the 18th, "I Can See For Miles" reaches its chart peak in the U.K. at a disappointing #10. Pete, who thought the single an easy #1, is devastated and begins to feel he has lost the ability to write hit singles. Pete later said "I spat on the British record buyer". Was he right? Watch the video playlist below to hear the nine songs, in ascending order, that beat "I Can See For Miles" in the British charts.

Pete Townshend Cow Palace 1967 Pete Townshend Cow Palace 1967
Photo: Baron Wolman

Also on the 18th, The Who join the "Festival of Music" on the 18th at the Cow Palace in San Francisco with fellow acts The Association, the Everly Brothers, Eric Burdon and the New Animals, Sopwith Camel and the Sunshine Company. The Who are the curtain closers for the first half of the show.

Hollywood Bowl program Nov 19 1967 Hollywood Bowl program Nov 19 1967

The Festival then travels south to play the Hollywood Bowl on the 19th. After the show, stage manager Bobby Pridden is arrested for violating the fire laws with The Who's smoke bombs and flash charges.

On the 19th, The Who appear on tape on BBC's Top Gear radio show. It is The Who's last "session" for the BBC for over two years.

On the 20th, The Who Sell Out is cut and banded by Damon Lyon-Shaw at IBC Studio A.

On the 21st, The Who begin their first headlining tour of the U.S. at the Civic Auditorium in Fargo, North Dakota with supporting act the Unbelievable Uglies. Excitement is high as "I Can See For Miles" has entered its fourth week at #1 in the local radio station's playlist. However, the Mayor of Fargo accuses the Who of inciting the teen audience with their instrument-destroying behavior and bans them from ever appearing there again.

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On the 22nd they play Southfield High School in Southfield, Michigan. The opening act is The Amboy Dukes with Ted Nugent. That is followed by a dance at The New Barn on the Lions Delaware County Fairgrounds in Muncie, Indiana on the 23rd. Before the show of the 24th at The Swinging Gate in Fort Wayne, Indiana The Who go to local booking agent Linda Wren's home for Thanksgiving dinner.

The Who at The Village Theatre 1967 The Who at The Village Theatre 1967

The 25th and 26th see them out of the sticks and in the Big Apple, playing The Village Theatre in New York City. The Vagrants, with guitarist Leslie West, and The Rich Kids open for them. On the bootleg recording of The Who's March 1968 recording from the same location, then the Fillmore East, Pete would recall people fighting over seats at these shows and dubs the Village Theater "a pisshole." "Relax" and "Tattoo" from the forthcoming The Who Sell Out LP are played along with "I Can See For Miles" which a local reporter describes as "a complete disaster" with "guitarist Townshend ranting a lot louder and flatter than he would have believed." It would soon be dropped from the live act, not to return to The Who's set until after Keith's death. Silent 8mm footage of one of these performances is shot by Who fan John Rubin and later included in the Who's Better Who's Best video.

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On the 29th, it's back to high school as The Who play the Union Catholic High School Gymnasium in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. The supporting act is the Decoys. Admission is $2.50.

November 1962 (55 years ago)

New records: We Wish You a Merry Christmas - Ray Conniff and the Ray Conniff Singers; Girls! Girls! Girls! - Elvis Presley; The First Family - Vaughn Meader; "Rhythm of the Rain" - The Cascades

After spying an ad in Melody Maker, Keith auditions but fails to get a spot in Shane Fenton and the Fentones.

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On the 23rd, The Detours start a residency at the Grand Ballroom in Kent. They play there at least once a month until the early summer of 1963. The 30th sees another performance. Admission four shillings.

November 1922 (95 years ago)

New records: "Three O'Clock In The Morning" - Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra; "Chicago" - Ben Selvin and His Orchestra
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On the 22nd, Queenie Maud Lee, later Queenie Entwistle and mother to John, is born.

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