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September 2011 (5 years ago)

New album releases: Own The Night - Lady Antebellum; Duets II - Tony Bennett; Cole World: The Sideline Story - J. Cole; Halfway To Heaven (Deluxe Edition) - Brantley Gilbert

On the 6th, BBC Radio 2 has the hour long documentary I'm Keith Moon, What's Your Excuse? Keith Altham and Dougal Butler participate, Phil Daniels narrates. On the same evening, Roger Daltrey performs "Pinball Wizard" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.


Roger Daltrey - Pinball Wizard 2011 by IvorTheEngineDriver
Roger Daltrey Nassau 2011 Roger Daltrey Nassau 2011
Photo: Elliot Levin

On the 13th, Roger begins his North American tour of Tommy at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida. Other dates are the Verizon Wireless Pavilion in Alpharetta, Georgia (15th), the Agganis Arena in Boston (17th), the Prudential Center in Newark (18th), the Mann Center in Philadelphia (21st), the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York (23rd), XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut (24th), Place des Arts in Montreal (27th), Scotiabank Place in Ottawa (28th), and the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto (30th).









September 2006 (10 years ago)

New album releases: Futuresex/Lovesounds - Justin Timberlake; B'Day - Beyoncé; The Duchess - Fergie; Continuum - John Mayer

On the 1st, actor Jason Statham tells reporters he wants to play Roger Daltrey in a bio-pic. "I like Roger Daltrey...He was brilliant in McVicar. If I could sing like him, I'd probably have a different career. He's got a great voice. If they do a biopic, maybe they'll choose me. That'll be nice."

On the 6th, The Who assemble in New York and begin rehearsals for their Endless Wire North American tour. On the 10th, they hold a private run-through concert at the Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

The Who in Philadelphia 2006 The Who in Philadelphia 2006
Photo: Tim Shaffer

The North American tour starts officially at the Wachovia Centre in Philadelphia on the 12th. In addition to the Endless Wire material performed in Europe, The Who add "Fragments" to the live set. The Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York follows on the 13th.









The 14th is a busy day. Pete and Roger appear at Sirius Satellite Radio headquarters in New York to announce the new The Who Channel on Sirius, then it's over to Late Night with David Letterman to appear at the end of the show with the two performing "Man in a Purple Dress." It is the first appearance by an entity called "The Who" on a continuing U.S. television show since The Who's explosive performance on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1967.

Afterwards, Pete goes to his partner's Rachel Fuller In The Attic show at Joe's Pub in New York and performs a short acoustic set ending with "I'm One" performed by Pete with Rachel, Foy Vance and Martha Wainwright.

The tour picks up the next day (15th) at Scotia Place in Ottawa, Ontario followed by the TD Bank North Garden in Boston, Massachusetts (16th) and two nights at Madison Square Garden in New York (18th-19th).

The Who Observer cover 2006 The Who Observer cover 2006

Pete and Roger are on the cover of the Observer Music Monthly. The article details some of the problems Pete had getting Roger interested in songs built around his novella The Boy Who Heard Music.

The 20th is a non-performance day, but Pete and Roger are required on a New York rooftop for a session with photographer Ross Halfin. Ross reports Roger is in a bad mood, the result of a torn ligament in his shoulder.

Pete Townshend Chicago 2006 Pete Townshend Chicago 2006
Photo: Mark Welsh

The Who continue on the next day (21st) at the PNC Bank Arts Centre in Holmdel, New Jersey followed by the Virgin Festival at the Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore (23rd), then the United Center in Chicago on the 25th. At the last date, Roger has to leave the stage for 15 minutes when his throat closes after an allergic reaction. Pete does "My Generation" solo.









The Who Des Moines 2006 The Who Des Moines 2006
Photo: Mary Chind

Roger is back the next day (26th) at the Wells Fargo Center in Des Moines, Iowa.







On the 28th, Rachel and Pete have another Attic Jam at the House of Blues in Chicago. On the same night, Pete joins Rose Hill Drive at the end of their set in Chicago, playing "Raise Your Hands" (their song) then jamming for 10 minutes on "Young Man Blues."

After the three-day break for the rest of The Who, the tour continues at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan (29th), then the John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario (30th).



September 2001 (15 years ago)

New album releases: Silver Side Up - Nickleback; Room For Squares - John Mayer; Toxicity - System of a Down; Greatest Hits - Martina McBride

On the 8th, Pete Townshend responds on his website to an angry letter by a fan denouncing him for allowing the song "Bargain" to be used selling Nissan SUV's: "...despite the enormous sums lavished on us, because of punitive U.K. taxes in our most exhaustively active years (98% at one point!), our fans didn't make us rich - not directly. If we are wealthy today it is because of the success of various major secondary 'Tommy' ventures, sponsorship during our 1982 Farewell and 1989 anniversary tours, TV and radio commercial and movie soundtrack licensing - and finally, back catalogue CD sales stimulated by the latter..."

Uncut Oct. 2001 Uncut Oct. 2001

Uncut magazine features The Who on this month's front cover.







On the 13th, Pete Townshend, partially in response to the World Trade Center attack two days before, releases a cassette demo called "Flying Boy" on his website.

On the 14th, The Basement Rock 'n' Roll Gallery in London features an exhibit called "Ready, Steady Who!" about the early "pop-art" phase of The Who.

Live at Leeds Deluxe Edition Live at Leeds Deluxe Edition

On the 18th, Live At Leeds: Deluxe Edition is released in the U.S. with the U.K. edition released on the 25th. The double CD contains the entire concert except for several edits including the usual one taking "Spoonful" out of "Shakin' All Over." However, it does feature recently recorded overdubs on some of the Tommy selections and occasionally poor audio quality. Pete addresses fans' concerns over the quality of the release in a diary message on the 20th. The sound quality will be mostly corrected with the 2014 HD audio reissue.

Also on the 20th, Pete was supposed to have gone to New York to accept an award and perform at the Yahoo! Online Music Awards but the awards are canceled after the World Trade Center attack. He releases his demo for "I Am An Animal" on his website.

On the 23rd, Roger Daltrey bids on every item in a rock 'n' roll auction at the Cobden Club in Kensal Town, West London in order to raise the bids received. The auction benefits teenage cancer victims. John Entwistle and Zak Starkey also attend.

The Who Royal Albert Hall DVD The Who Royal Albert Hall DVD

On the 25th, Rhino Video releases Quadrophenia on DVD in the U.S. and, on the same day, The Who Live At Royal Albert Hall DVD from 2000 is released.

On the 27th, Pete's website announces that The Who will perform at Madison Square Garden Oct. 20 as part of Paul McCartney's benefit concert for New York City's police, firefighters and their families. On the same day Pete releases the Psychoderelict outtake "There Is No Message In A Broken Heart" on his website.

On the 28th, Roger tells the press he has started a worm farm at his 400-acre farm in Etchingham, East Sussex to sell for processing landfills. On the same day The Who meet in London to discuss when they can all get together in a studio to record a new album.



September 1996 (20 years ago)

New album releases: Did I Shave My Legs For This? - Deana Carter; Another Level - Blackstreet; Aenima - Tool; Sheryl Crow - Sheryl Crow
Iron Maiden Virus CD Iron Maiden Virus CD

On the 9th, Iron Maiden releases a CD single in the U.K. of their song "Virus." Also on the CD is a cover of "My Generation."











On the 17th, The John Entwistle Band begins recording three new songs, "Left for Dead," "I Wouldn't Sleep With You," and "Endless Vacation." The first (in a later re-recording) and last will end up on the Music for Van-Pires CD. While staying at John's house for the on-site recording, drummer Steve Luongo supplies an internet diary of the sessions. In two instances John sends e-mails to the Who's internet fans. He dubs the upcoming U.S. tour of Quadrophenia the "Quadraderilict" tour. You can read John's e-mails here and here. Recording sessions end on the 23rd.

1996 The Who Isle of Wight CD ad 1996 The Who Isle of Wight CD ad

On the 27th, the 2-CD set The Who: Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 is issued by Essential/Castle in the U.K. and Columbia Legacy in the U.S. Despite an ecstatic blurb from Dave Marsh and the first official release of Tommy performed live by The Who with Keith Moon, the CD fails to chart in the U.K. and reaches only #194 in the U.S. The low sales lead The Who to cancel a previously-announced live boxset.

Roger Daltrey in Vampirella Roger Daltrey in Vampirella

On the 28th, Showtime premieres the "Roger Corman Presents" movie Vampirella featuring Roger as a vampire. The conclusion has Roger sporting fangs and a cape being chased around the top of a dam.









September 1991 (25 years ago)

New album releases: Ropin' The Wind - Garth Brooks; Nevermind - Nirvana; Use Your Illusion I/II - Guns 'n Roses; Blood Sugar Sex Magic - Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Boathouse 1998 The Boathouse 1998

On the 6th, the press reports that Pete is selling his riverfront home and studio in Twickenham.

John and Maxene Entwistle John and Maxene Entwistle

On the 11th, John makes his longtime girlfriend Maxene the second "My Wife" in a ceremony in Las Vegas. Their witness is an Elvis impersonator.




Who star breaks his arm Who star breaks his arm

On the 13th, while Pete is on holiday with his family on the Isles of Scilly, he pitches over the handlebars of his bicycle on a bumpy road, stopping his fall with his right hand. The bones in his wrist and arm are badly broken and he has to be flown out for medical treatment. A metal plate is put in his wrist and he is told he may never play the guitar again.

The Party CD The Party CD

Marillion releases a live version of "Substitute" on the 12" single of "Dry Land". On the 17th, the Disney-created youth music group The Party releases their CD In The Meantime, In Between Time featuring a cover of "My Generation".










Roger Daltrey City Kids 1991 Roger Daltrey City Kids 1991
Photo: Ron Galella

On the 21st, Roger attends the AT&T Presents City Kids Foundation Event at Carnegie Hall in New York.






On the 27th, the Japanese pop music artists Tomoyasu Hotei releases his CD Guitarhythm Forever Vol. 2 containing a track called "The Light of Quadrophenia".

On the 28th, country singer Garth Brooks scores his first #1 album in the U.S. charts. The extremely popular crossover artist often climaxes his shows by smashing his guitar.



September 1986 (30 years ago)

New album releases: Duotones - Kenny G; Third Stage - Boston; Fore! - Huey Lewis and The News; True Colors - Cyndi Lauper
Paul McCartney Press to Play Paul McCartney Press to Play

On the 1st, Paul McCartney releases his album Press to Play that features Pete supplying lead guitar on the song "Angry." Paul later says he got Pete to play after finding that the power chords he had written for the song caused him to start windmilling when he played it.










Roger Daltrey WEA 15th Roger Daltrey WEA 15th

Around the 5th, Roger attends the WEA 15th Anniversary Sales Meeting in Hollywood, Florida. While there he performs "Wild Thing" with Atlantic Vice President Perry Cooper in a band containing Peter Frampton, Genesis, and 20 label staff members.






On the 6th, Billboard reports that Atco has released a promo-only EP from Pete's Deep End: The Brixton Concert videotape.

The Who Dancing in the Streets bootleg The Who Dancing in the Streets bootleg

On the 12th, Bruce Eder reviews The Who bootleg Dancing In The Street in Goldmine.

On the 14th, John's solo album The Rock receives its final LP mix at Westside Studios, London and is ready for release.

On the 15th, Pete holds a charity sale for his Double O Charity. For £25, purchasers get a ticket to a Sadler Wells' play and an invitation to a party afterwards at the Limelight Club.

Captain Beany Captain Beany

In imitation of the cover of The Who Sell Out, Barry Kirk sits in a bath of baked beans at Port Albert's Beach Hotel for 100 hours to set a world's record. Afterwards he is given the nickname "Captain Beany". He changes his name to Captain Beany by deed poll in 1991.


On the 26th, Pete attends the unveiling of the blue plaque for T.S. Eliot at Kensington Court Gardens along with Ted Hughes, Harold Pinter and Antonia Fraser. Pete was invited to the event by Eliot's widow, Valerie.



September 1981 (35 years ago)

New album releases: Nine Tonight - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band; Songs In The Attic - Billy Joel; Abacab - Genesis; Private Eyes - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Club For Heroes Club For Heroes

Early in the month Pete nearly dies at The Club for Heroes, a trendy nightspot where the elite old guard meet the new synth bands ruling the pop charts. Partying with Paul Weller and Steve Strange, Pete goes to the bathroom and accepts an injection of heroin. He quickly passes out and is deposited in his car by the club's bouncer. Pete's driver quickly realizes that something is terribly wrong and races Pete to the hospital by which time he has stopped breathing and has a weak pulse. The doctors revive him, narrowly averting Pete dying almost to the day of the third anniversary of Keith Moon's death.

On the 18th, Face Dances is certified platinum by the RIAA.

The Who 1981 Billboard supplement The Who 1981 Billboard supplement

On the 19th, Billboard magazine publishes a massive advertising section dedicated to The Who with messages from labels, management and even Paul and Linda McCartney.





On the 24th, Pete writes to Who manager Bill Curbishley saying he needs time off. Bill writes back the next day: "I feel it is definitely for the best, and I think you need a complete break of two or three months. Some sailing, tennis, sunshine wouldn't go amiss, and no dope, booze or [nighclubbing]. No London or New York and most of all you have to mean it."


September 1976 (40 years ago)

New album releases: Songs In The Key of Life - Stevie Wonder; Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - AC/DC; One More For the Road - Lynyrd Skynyrd; Spirit - Earth, Wind & Fire

On the 7th, Roger attends Paul McCartney's first celebration of the birthday of Buddy Holly at the Lyceum.

Rolling Stone features the article "American grandstand: I can't explain, noted critic claims." In it Dave Marsh tells how The Who and "I Can't Explain" changed his life. Jimmy Thdpucker album

Warner Bros. Records releases the single "Ginny's Song" by "Jimmy Thudpucker," a character from G.B. Trudeau's satirical comic strip Doonesbury. His backing band, "The Walden West Rhythm Section," includes Keith Moon on drums.







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On the 17th, Ron Wood & Ronnie Lane's soundtrack to the movie Mahoney's Last Stand is released featuring Pete playing percussion on "Car Radio" and guitar on "Tonight's Number." Meanwhile Pete and Ronnie Lane begin recording demos this month for an upcoming Lane solo album to be produced by Pete. The album will eventually turn into the Townshend/Lane album Rough Mix.








Pete Townshend NME letter 1976 Pete Townshend NME letter 1976

On the 18th, New Musical Express writes about an open letter Pete sent to his new neighbors saying that he won't ruin their neighborhood when he moves in.





Also on the 18th, Keith Moon and Ron Wood are guest presenters at the 2nd Annual Rock Music Awards at the Hollywood Palladium. The show is broadcast live on CBS-TV.

Win The Who's Pinball Machine Win The Who's Pinball Machine

On the 24th, Polydor Records releases The Story of The Who worldwide except in the U.S. and Canada. The "story" is a bit limited as none of the 1965 tracks produced by Shel Talmy are included and neither are any tracks from Quadrophenia. Nevertheless the album reaches #2 in the U.K. charts. To promote the album, The Sun runs a contest to "Win The Who's Pinball Machine" to be presented personally by John.

Don Williams and visitors Don Williams and visitors

On the 30th, Pete attends country & western singer Don Williams' concert at the Hammersmith Odeon then is photographed backstage with him, Ronnie Lane and Eric Clapton. Pete and Ronnie will cover Williams' "Til the Rivers All Run Dry" on Rough Mix.










September 1971 (45 years ago)

New album releases: Santana III - Santana; Imagine - John Lennon; His Greatest Hits Volume 2 - Johnny Cash; Harmony - Three Dog Night

The Who were to have played a free concert in Hyde Park on the 4th, but it is canceled. On the same day, "Won't Get Fooled Again" hits its peak in Sweden's Tio i Topp charts at #15.

On the 6th, The Who make their last special appearance on BBC Radio on The Johnnie Walker Show. It is repeated on the 20th.

The same day was the scheduled start date for the filming of Tommy by Universal Pictures. The deal fell through after the studio rejected Who manager Kit Lambert's script.

International Times 9 Sept 1971 International Times 9 Sept 1971

On the 9th, International Times magazine publishes a statement attacking the song "Won't Get Fooled Again" for its negative view of the Revolution. "...the danger in the new single seems to be that it fails to differentiate between the megalomanias and the courageous individual who is prepared to stand up and voice the sentiment 'fuck you' to authority."

On the 11th, Who's Next hits its peak on the Billboard charts at #4, repeating the position the next week. Keeping the record from the top spot are Every Picture Tells a Story by Rod Stewart, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour by The Moody Blues and Tapestry by Carole King.

Circus carries an interview with Pete where he discusses the technical problems associated with Who's Next.

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Keith buys a milk float [U.S. - a milk delivery van] to show off to a photographer who has come to take pictures of his cars. Keith owns many cars despite his inability to drive. John and his chauffeur "Dougal" Butler drop by for the photo shoot and Keith hires Dougal away as his own chauffeur.

A Who conference is held at Roger's home in Burwash, Sussex. The meeting is filmed in colour by Richard Stanley and Chris Morphet as The Who talk about the possibility of a Who movie. In many of the scenes, Pete talks about his fears that The Who is becoming a cabaret act with stage business that is overshadowing their music. Several such scenes, appearing in black-and-white, will later be used in the movie The Kids Are Alright.

On the 16th, Who's Next is certified gold by the RIAA.

The Who Kennington Oval Cricket Ground 1971 The Who Kennington Oval Cricket Ground 1971
Photo: Gijsbert Hanekroot

On the 18th, two months after George Harrison held a similar event at Madison Square Garden, The Who hold a benefit concert for Bangladesh at the Kennington Oval Cricket Ground in London. The Who's roadies wear cricket uniforms and Keith plays the drums at one point with a cricket bat. The opening acts are The Faces, Mott the Hoople, Atomic Rooster, Quintessence and others. Thirty-five thousand attend and £15,000 is raised with £9,148 coming directly from the Who. The concert is recorded but unlike Harrison's show is never released after negotiations between the various groups break down.








On the same day Who's Next hits #1 in the British charts; one of only two official #1's for The Who in Britain. Meanwhile, "Won't Get Fooled Again" peaks at #15 on the U.S. Billboard charts, repeating in the same position the next week.

International Times 23 Sept 1971 International Times 23 Sept 1971

On the 23rd, International Times prints Pete's response to the attack on "Won't Get Fooled Again". He describes the song as "...mainly a song which screams defiance at those who feel that any cause is better than no cause, that death in a sick society is better than putting up with it or resigning themselves to wait for change."

On the 25th, the production master for The Who's next album, Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy, is compiled at Apple Studios.

Melody Maker 25 Sept 1971 Melody Maker 25 Sept 1971

Also on the 25th in Melody Maker, Pete calls for the audience to become more involved with the performers. He also believes that although the equipment may change, rock will stay pretty much the same. In the same issue a fan attacks The Who for their high ticket prices calling them capitalists hiding behind a banner of anti-materialism. The letter is sparked by the outrageous ticket prices for The Who's upcoming tour, some as high as £3.50.

Nevertheless some fans manage to scrape up enough money to see The Who open their fall U.K. tour at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester on the 28th.

On the same day, Who's Next enters the Kvällstoppen Swedish sales chart where it will peak at #14.



September 1966 (50 years ago)

New records: "Winchester Cathedral" - New Vaudeville Band; "Last Train to Clarksville" - The Monkees; "Knock on Wood" - Eddie Floyd; "Psychotic Reaction" - Count Five

The Who hit the road to promote their new single "I'm A Boy." Thursday they are at the Locarno Ballroom in Coventry (1st), Friday at the Locarno Ballroom in Basildon (2nd) and Saturday at the Drill Hall in Grantham (3rd).

On the 3rd, Ronnie Lane of Mod band The Small Faces reviews "I'm A Boy" in Blind Date in Melody Maker: "I missed the beginning, can you put it on again? It's The Who, isn't it? I recognized the backing but it didn't sound like them vocally, although it does if you've heard the LP. Yeah! I like this. It's great. Must be Pete's. Can I hear it again? I don't think it's as commercial as some of their others. I can't hear what it's all about, but I don't want to say that, because I can't stand people who moan, 'I can't hear the words!' This needs something catchy, but there's some great sounds there."

The Who begin the next week on Tuesday at The Palais in Ilford, Essex (6th). Earlier in the day they record performances of "I'm A Boy" and "Heatwave" for Ready, Steady, GO!

Pete Townshend John Entwistle backstage Felixstowe Pete Townshend John Entwistle backstage Felixstowe
Photo: Chris Morphet

Wednesday is spent at the Locarno Ballroom in Stevenage (7th) and Friday at the Pier Pavilion in Felixstowe (9th). The latter show and the car ride to it are filmed for the French television programme Seize Millions de Jeunes.








On the 10th, Melody Maker prints an article describing the August recording session. Disc magazine of the same day reports that The Who's next recording will be the new Pete composition "King Rabbit." Later that evening The Who play the Corn Exchange in Bedford and the next night at the Ultra Club in the Downs Hotel in Hassocks.

Also on the 10th, Brunswick's "spoiler" Who single "The Kids Are Alright" reaches its U.K. chart peak at #41.

On the 13th, The Who record a radio appearance for the BBC Light Programme Saturday Club at The Playhouse performing "I'm A Boy," "Disguises," "Heatwave" "So Sad About Us," and a cover of the Lovin' Spoonful's "On The Road Again." Speaking of being on the road, Pete announces on the show that the soon-commencing U.K. theatre tour will be cut short so that the group can make its first trip to America.

Count Five Psychotic Reaction LP Count Five Psychotic Reaction LP

Half a world away a San Jose, California garage band, Count Five, releases their first album Psychotic Reaction with covers of two Who songs, "My Generation" and "Out In The Street." They are believed to be America's first recorded Who covers and begin the long-lasting influence of The Who on the U.S. garage and punk rock sound.










On the morning of the 15th, The Who pre-record a performance of "I'm A Boy" for that evening's Top of the Pops. If you're in Hanley that evening, you can see them live at the opening of The Who's British theatre tour at the Gaumont Theatre. Supporting them are fellow Polydor artists The Merseys, a new group called The Cream with Eric Clapton on guitar, Oscar (actually future "Cousin Kevin" Paul Nicholas) and comedian Max Wall. The following night's show, however, is the last one, taking place at the Odeon Cinema in Derby (with M.I.5 replacing The Cream).

Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp Sept 1966 Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp Sept 1966

The Who's managers, Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp, meanwhile, are busy setting up their own label, to be called Track Records and distributed by Polydor. The Who will ultimately be moved to the label and The Who are encouraged to look for new talent for signage.

John Entwistle NME 16 Sept 1966 John Entwistle NME 16 Sept 1966

"The mute Who speaks up about the others" is New Musical Express' title for an interview with John in their issue of the 16th. He says he considers Pete and Roger to be "just workmates" but says the band has settled its differences since he and Keith considered leaving The Who back in May.

Disc and Music Echo says The Who are halfway through recording their new album that will include the songs "Disguises," "Happy Jack" and "King Rabbit." In the same issue Pete says that he was the first guitarist to deliberately use guitar feedback and he is upset when he hears credit given to The Beatles or The Yardbirds.

Pete Townshend Disc and Music Echo 17 Sept1966 Pete Townshend Disc and Music Echo 17 Sept1966

Roger is interviewed in the Record Mirror of the 17th and says The Who have already recorded the tracks "So Sad About Us," "Heat Wave" and his favorite track "Disguises," all intended for The Who's forthcoming LP. Pete reviews The Beach Boys' landmark album Pet Sounds in the same issue of Record Mirror. Despite his recent remarks (2011), at the time he didn't care for it calling it "too remote and way-out. It's written for a feminine audience."

On the 20th, "I'm a Boy" enters the Kvällstoppen Swedish sales chart, peaking at #4.

The Who Top of the Pops 1966 The Who Top of the Pops 1966

On the 21st, Pete goes to the Newport Pagnell Court in Buckinghamshire over his automobile crash of May 30th. He is fined £25 with £26 costs for dangerous driving. That evening they again tape a performance of "I'm a Boy" for Top of the Pops. Photos are taken of them on stage for later promotion.

On the 23rd, The Who were to have left for a U.S. promotional tour. The trip, for which The Who had cancelled their British theatrical tour, is itself cancelled due to visa problems.

More articles on the 24th. Roger has a "Pop Think-In" in Melody Maker. He declares his respect for fast cars, The Beach Boys, John, Pete and The Beatles, his attraction to Mick Jagger and his lack of respect for Playboy bunnies, the Windsor Festival, Carnaby Street, pills, parents and "all films with birds."

Pete reviews that week's singles chart in Disc & Music Echo. He calls The Mindbenders' "Ashes To Ashes," "so nothing I can't remember it," Otis Reddings' "I Can't Turn You Loose," "the worst record in the chart," and the New Vaudeville Band's "Winchester Cathedral," "rubbish." Meanwhile, in the same issue, Keith answers readers' questions.

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On the 24th, former Animal Chas Chandler lands in the U.K. with his new American discovery, guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Sometime during the next few days, according to John, Jimi gives a performance at a local club accompanied by John on bass. Perhaps he tells The Who's managers because, on the 27th, they attend a Hendrix performance at the Scotch of St. James Club. Chandler has heard about the Track Records' startup (Hendrix originally wanted to sign with Decca because The Who were on Decca in the U.S.). After hearing Hendrix play, Lambert and Stamp try to talk him into letting them be his managers but Chandler, naturally, refuses so they sign Hendrix as their first act for Track.

Also on the 24th, "I'm A Boy" enters the Dutch charts where it will peak at #5. "I'm a Boy" and "The Kids Are Alright" enter the Tio i Topp Swedish charts, the former peaking at #3, the latter at #2.

With the U.S. tour cancelled and no British shows lined up, The Who return to the studio for more LP work. During this period they record "Showbiz Sonata," an instrumental track credited to Keith Moon but with melody filched by John from a track off The Man From Interpol soundtrack album. It is later retitled "Cobwebs and Strange."

On the 30th, "I'm a Boy" hits its official U.K. chart peak at #2. Jim Reeves' "Distant Drums" keeps it from the #1 spot.



September 1961 (55 years ago)

New records: "Big Bad John" - Jimmy Dean; "Hit The Road Jack" - Ray Charles; "Runaround Sue" - Dion; "Fool Number One" - Brenda Lee

Pete starts a 2-year introductory course at Ealing Technical College and School of Art. Meanwhile, Keith takes night classes in electronics at Harrow Technical College. Their future manager Kit Lambert returns to England after the disastrous Brazilian expedition that led to his friend's death.

James Brown Just You and Me Darling

On the 16th, James Brown's single "Just You and Me Darling," later covered by The Who, hits the Billboard charts.














September 1951 (65 years ago)

New records:
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Six-year old Pete, unhappy at his school in Acton, moves to St. Saviours in Westgate where his poor reading abilities put him at the bottom of the class.






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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 cases, 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 a
nd 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.