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January 1962

New music releases: "Duke of Earl" - Gene Chandler; "Midnight in Moscow" - Kenny Ball; "Twistin' The Night Away" - Sam Cooke; "Break It To Me Gently" - Brenda Lee

On the 15th, Roger Daltrey submits an application for The Detours to audition for the BBC Light Entertainment. The band members are listed as "Solo guitar - Roger Daltrey, Bass guitar - John Empwhistle, Rhythm guitar - Peter James, Rhythm guitar - Roy Ellis, Drums - Harry Wilson, Vocalist - Colin Dawson."

Pete Townshend later notes this month as the one where he successfully auditions for The Detours.

April 1962

New music releases: "I Can't Stop Loving You" - Ray Charles; "Roses Are Red (My Love)" - Bobby Vinton; Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music - Ray Charles; "Palisades Park" - Freddy Cannon

Rhythm guitarist Peter James leaves The Detours. He is replaced by Reg Bowen. Bowen brings along his radiogram from home and both he and John Entwistle plug their instruments into it for amplification during shows.

May 1962

New music releases: Peter, Paul & Mary - Peter, Paul & Mary; "The Stripper" - David Rose; "Fingertips - Pt. 2" - Stevie Wonder; "A Picture of You" - Joe Brown and The Bruvvers

On the 5th, Benny Spellman's "Lipstick Traces (On a Cigarette)" enters the U.S. charts. The B-side, "Fortune Teller" will be a staple of The Who's live act 1968-1970.

June 1962

New music releases: I Left My Heart in San Francisco - Tony Bennett; "I Remember You" - Frank Ifield; "The Loco-Motion" - Little Eva; "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" - Neil Sedaka
The Everly Brothers Instant Party The Everly Brothers Instant Party

On the 21st, The Everly Brothers' LP Instant Party is released in the U.K. Pete will lift the title for a song recorded in January 1966 intended as the B-side to "Circles," that will then be applied to the song "Circles" when "Substitute" becomes the final A-side.

Carlo Little

On the 25th, Keith attends a show by Screaming Lord Sutch and The Savages. Afterwards he approaches the band's drummer, Carlo Little, and asks him to teach him his "wildman" drumming style. Carlo agrees. Two days later, Keith gets his first lesson from Little. Little later describes the 15 year-old Keith as "a lad fumbling, trying to play."

July 1962

New music releases: "She's Not You" - Elvis Presley; "Sheila" - Tommy Roe; The Music Man/Original Soundtrack - Various Artists; "Ramblin' Rose" - Nat King Cole

On the 7th, James Brown's "Shout and Shimmy," later covered by The Who, hits the U.S. pop charts. It peaks at #61.

Doug Sandom Doug Sandom

Doug Sandom becomes the drummer for The Detours. He is not only older than the rest of the band, but has eight years more performing experience than they do. His first full-time gigs with the Detours start this month with a five-week occupancy at the Paradise Club.

Keith Moon and The Escorts Keith Moon and The Escorts

Sometime late in the month, Keith gets his first steady position as drummer with the band The Escorts.

On the 30th, the Detours' rhythm guitarist Roy Ellis drowns while swimming in the Thames. The Detours inherit his Vox 15s amp.

August 1962

New music releases: "Telstar" - The Tornados; "The Swiss Maid" - Del Shannan; "It'll Be Me" - Cliff Richard

The Paradise Club in Peckham is "broken up" by members of a rival club and The Detours lose their bookings there.

On the 9th, Pete's mom Betty reads an article in the Ealing and Acton Gazette about Bob Druce's successful dances at Acton's White Hart Hotel. She pressures Druce for an audition for her son's group. Druce agrees and The Detours audition for him at the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford. They pass the audition and are signed to the Druce agency.

September 1962

New music releases: "Return To Sender" - Elvis Presley; Ramblin' Rose - Nat King Cole; "Green Onions" - Booker T & The MGs; Joan Baez in Concert - Joan Baez

On the 1st, The Detours open for the Ron Cavendish Orchestra at the Town Hall in Acton.

On the 5th, Keith's group Mark Twain and the Strangers audition for the BBC Light Programme. They are passed over for the Dave Clark Five.

Two band impact! Two band impact!

On the 6th, The Detours get a feature article in the Acton Gazette and Post, their first ever press mention, in a review of the Gala Ball of the 1st. The paper says the "Detours" jazz group provided "the gist of the twist."

John receives his discharge certificate from the Boys Brigade with good conduct.

Pete starts his second year of art school. It is during this year that Pete makes friends with fellow students Richard Barnes (who will name The Who) and Tom Wright, who will turn Pete onto grass as well as record after record of U.S. jazz, blues and R&B.

October 1962

New music releases: "Love Me Do" - The Beatles; My Son, The Folk Singer - Allan Sherman; Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Vol. 2 - Ray Charles; "Lovesick Blues" - Frank Ifield

During the month of the Cuban Missle Crisis, art school student Pete becomes friends with students that are members of the Young Communist Party and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Although Pete doesn't officialy join, he will champion their ideals in interviews and absorb their bleak view that his generation will die young in a nuclear war.

November 1962

New music releases: 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.

Detours ad 30 Nov 1962 Detours ad 30 Nov 1962

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.

December 1962

New music releases: "He's So Fine" - The Chiffons; "Hey Paula" - Paul & Paula; "Wild Weekend" - The Rebels; "Walk Right In" - The Rooftop Singers
Gustav Metzger early 1960s Gustav Metzger early 1960s

At Ealing Art College, Pete attends a lecture by the Austrian artist Gustav Metzger. The title of the lecture is "Auto-Destructive Art, Auto-Creative Art: The Struggle For The Machine Arts Of The Future." Metzger argues that the act of destroying a machine can be a valid artistic statement. He illustrates by smashing a bass violin.

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