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 television programme "Ready Steady Go!"
  • 1966-01-08 The Who and The Kinks perform on the last "Shindig" TV show on ABC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967-06-18 Closing day of the Monterey International Pop Festival, Southern California. First major US appearances of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, and Otis Redding

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
Singer-Songwriter and Producer Otis Redding
Singer-Songwriter and Producer
Otis Redding
Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • 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, London, England

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976-08-11 "The Who" drummer Keith Moon collapses and is hospitalized in Miami

Rocker Keith Moon
Rocker
Keith Moon
  • 1978-12-22 Kenney Jones becomes The Who's new drummer, replacing the deceased Keith Moon
  • 1979-05-14 "Kids Are All Right" rockumentary film featuring The Who premieres at the Cannes Film Festival
  • 1979-09-14 The film "Quadrophenia", loosely based on The Who's 1973 rock opera of the same name is released.
  • 1979-09-18 The Who opens NYC concerts at Madison Square Garden
  • 1983-12-16 Spokesperson for The Who announces the group is disbanding
  • 1995-10-31 American jam band Phish performs The Who's "Quadrophenia" as a musical costume during a show at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois

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

  • 1935-05-11 Christopher "Kit" Lambert, British record producer and manager of The Who, born in Knightsbridge, London (d. 1981)
  • 1938-07-08 Alan Aldridge, British artist, graphic designer and illustrator whose artwork was used in record covers for The Beatles and The Who, born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • 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
  • 1942-07-07 Christopher "Chris" Stamp, British music producer, psychodrama therapist and manager (The Who, Jimi Hendrix), born in London, England (d. 2012)
  • 1944-02-24 Nicky Hopkins, British rock session pianist (Rolling Stones (1967-75); The Who - "Getting In Tune"; The Kinks - "Sunny Afternoon"; Beatles - "Revolution"; John Lennon - "Jealous Guy"; Quicksilver Messenger Service), born in Perivale, Middlesex (d. 1994)
  • 1944-03-01 Roger Daltrey, English singer and founder of the rock band "The Who", born in East Acton, London, England
  • 1944-03-22 Chris Stainton, English session and touring bass and keyboard player (Joe Cocker; The Who), born in Woodseats, England
  • 1944-10-09 John Entwistle, English rock guitarist and vocalist (The Who - "Baba O'Riley"), born in London, England (d. 2002)
  • 1945-03-30 Richard Evans, British graphic designer, album cover designer (The Who; The Doors; Pink Floyd; Louis Armstrong), born in Wilmslow, Cheshire

Person of interestPete Townshend

1945-05-19 Peter Townshend, British rock guitarist, composer, and vocalist (The Who - Tommy; "My Generation": "Won't Get Fooled Again"; solo - "Let My Love Open the Door"), born in Chiswick, Middlesex, England

  • 1945-11-26 Ethan Russell, American photographer and author (photographed covers for the Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Who), born in Mt. Kisco, New York

Person of interestKeith Moon

1946-08-23 Keith Moon, British rock drummer (The Who - "Bell Boy"), born in London, England (d. 1978)

Rocker Keith Moon
Rocker
Keith Moon
  • 1948-09-16 Kenney Jones, English rock drummer and vocalist (Small Faces, The Who), born in London, England
  • 1948-11-21 John "Rabbit" Bundrick, American keyboardist and organist (The Who, The Rocky Horror Picture Show), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1957-10-17 Giuseppe Henry "Pino" Palladino, Italian-Welsh session and touring rock bassist (Paul Young; The Who; John Mayer Trio), born in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
  • 1964-10-21 Jon Carin, American musician (Pink Floyd; The Who), born in New York, New York
  • 1965-09-13 Zak Starkey, English rock drummer (Oasis; The Who), son of Beatle Ringo, born in London, England

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Rocker Keith Moon
Rocker
Keith Moon

LoveWedding 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 British model Heather Taylor (24)

Deaths in Music


Person of interestKeith Moon

1978-09-07 Keith Moon, British rock drummer (The Who - "Bell Boy"), dies of drug overdose at 31

Rocker Keith Moon
Rocker
Keith Moon
  • 1981-04-07 Christopher "Kit" Lambert, British record producer and manager of The Who, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 45
  • 1994-09-06 Nicky Hopkins, British rock session pianist (Rolling Stones (1967-75); The Who - "Getting In Tune"; The Kinks - "Sunny Afternoon"; Beatles - "Revolution"; John Lennon - "Jealous Guy"; Quicksilver Messenger Service), dies after surgical complications at 50
  • 2002-06-27 John Entwistle, English rock guitarist and vocalist (The Who-Baba O'Riley), 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.
  • 2012-11-24 Christopher "Chris" Stamp, British music producer, psychodrama therapist and manager (The Who, Jimi Hendrix), dies of cancer at 70
  • 2017-02-17 Alan Aldridge, British artist, graphic designer and illustrator whose artwork was used in record covers for The Beatles and The Who, dies at 73