The Who in History

Events in Music

  • 1964-10-22 EMI rejects audition by "High Numbers"; they go on to become The Who
  • 1965-01-28 The Who make their 1st appearance on British TV
  • 1966-01-08 The Who & the Kinks perform on the last "Shindig" TV show on ABC
  • 1967-07-14 The Who begin a US tour opening for Herman's Hermits
  • 1969-05-16 The Who's Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey charged with assault
  • 1969-05-23 The Who release rock opera "Tommy"
  • 1970-06-07 The Who's "Tommy" is performed at NY's Lincoln Center
  • 1976-05-31 The Who set the record for the loudest concert of all time, 120 decibels at 50 metres, at The Valley in Charlton
  • 1978-12-22 Kenney Jones becomes The Who's new drummer
  • 1979-05-23 "Kids Are All Right" rockumentary film featuring The Who premieres
  • 1979-09-18 The Who opens NYC concerts at Madison Square Garden
  • 1983-12-16 Spokesperson for The Who announces the group is disbanding

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003-01-13 Rock musician Pete Townshend of The Who was arrested in London on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children. He was later cleared.

Birthdays in Music

  • 1942-03-13 William "Bill" Curbishley, British music and film producer and band manager (The Who, Judas Priest, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant), born in London, England
  • 1944-03-01 Roger Daltrey, English rocker/actor/producer (The Who-Tommy)
  • 1944-03-22 Chris Stainton, English session musician (Joe Cocker, The Who), born in Woodseats, England

Person of interestPete Townshend

1945-05-19 Peter Townshend, English rock guitarist, vocalist and composer (The Who-Tommy), born in London, England

  • 1948-09-16 Kenney Jones, English rock drummer/vocalist (Small Faces, The Who), born in London, England
  • 1964-10-21 Jon Carin, American musician (Pink Floyd, The Who)

Weddings in Music

HeartWedding of Interest

1966-03-17 The Who drummer Keith Moon (19) weds model Kim Kerrigan (18) at Brent Registry Office

Rocker Keith Moon
Keith Moon

HeartWedding of Interest

1968-05-20 "The Who" guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend (23) weds Karen Astley in England

  • 1971-07-19 "The Who" lead singer Roger Daltrey (27) weds model Heather Taylor

Deaths in Music

  • 1981-04-07 Kit Lambert, British record producer and manager (The Who) (b. 1935)
  • 2002-06-27 John Entwistle, bass-player with The Who dies in his sleep of a heart attack in his Las Vegas hotel room aged 57
  • 2008-02-09 Scott Halpin, a one time drummer of The Who.