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

Music History

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

  • 1967-07-16 British rock band "The Who" begin 1st full US tour, appearing at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, California, and then going coast-to-coast opening for Herman's Hermits

Music History

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 NYC'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

Music History

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

  • 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

Music History

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)

Roger DaltreyRoger Daltrey (78 years old)

1944-03-01 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 bass guitarist and vocalist (The Who - "Boris The Spider"), 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

Pete TownshendPete Townshend (77 years old)

1945-05-19 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

Keith MoonKeith Moon (1946-1978)

1946-08-23 British rock drummer (The Who - "Bell Boy"), born in London, England

  • 1948-09-16 Kenney Jones, English rock drummer and vocalist (Small Faces/The Faces, 1965-78; The Who, 1978-83), 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 Starr, born in London, England

Weddings in Music

Keith Moon

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

Pete Townshend

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

Roger Daltrey

1971-07-19 "The Who" lead singer Roger Daltrey (27) weds British model Heather Taylor (24)


Deaths in Music

Keith MoonKeith Moon (1946-1978)

1978-09-07 British rock drummer (The Who - "Bell Boy"), dies of a drug overdose at 32

  • 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 bassist (The Who - "Boris The Spider"), dies in his sleep of a cocaine fueled heart attack in his Las Vegas hotel room at 57
  • 2008-02-09 Scott Halpin, American drummer plucked out of the audience to fill in for incapacitated Keith Moon of The Who, dies of a brain tumor at 53
  • 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