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January 1991

New album releases: Into the Light - Gloria Estefan; The Soul Cages - Sting; Doubt - Jesus Jones; Quik Is The Name - DJ Quik

On the 11th, Bob Saget performs "My Generation" on the episode "Ol' Brown Eyes" of ABC-TV's Full House.

Back 2 Back CD Back 2 Back CD

The two Who collection LP's Rarities 1966-1972 Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 are released on a single CD. It features the only CD release to date of the British 45 mix of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and the original mix of the live version of "Baby Don't You Do It" from the B-side of "Join Together." Unfortunately some of the first pressings of the CD cut the latter track short.

John Entwistle at China Club John Entwistle at China Club
Photo: Ron Galella

On the 28th, John is sighted at the China Club in New York.

February 1991

New album releases: Cooleyhighharmony - Boyz II Men; "The Star Spangled Banner" - Whitney Houston; Coolin' at the Playground Ya Know! - Another Bad Creation; Marc Cohn - Marc Cohn

On the 10th, Roger is one of the presenters at the Brit Awards at the Dominion Theatre in London.

On the 15th, Roger guest stars in an episode of the NBC-TV (U.S.) series Midnight Caller entitled "Can't Say N-N-N-No" playing a rocker with a drug problem.

During the month, Roger is a guest on Tonight with Jonathan Ross.

Pete, meanwhile, is stocking up at the computer store. "By February, I had access to a whole set of Apple computers for music, graphics, animation and word-processing."

C+C Music Factory release their single "Here We Go." The Who are mentioned in the lyrics.

Susanna Hoff CD Susanna Hoff CD

On the 16th, Susanna Hoffs' CD When You're A Boy hits the U.S. charts. It features a cover of David Bowie's "Boys Keep Swinging" with John on bass.

Roger Daltrey and Mother 1991 Roger Daltrey and Mother 1991
Photo: Tom Wargacki

On the 28th, Roger attends the premiere of Buddy's Song in London. The movie starring and co-produced by Roger, is based on the Nigel Hinton novel Buddy and a 1986 TV adaptation that also starred Roger. In the movie, Roger plays a middle-aged Rocker (as opposed to Mod) raising a teenage son who wants to enter the music business. The actor playing the son, Chesney Hawkes, releases a single from the movie, "The One And Only," that goes to #1 in the U.K. charts.

March 1991

New album releases: Greatest Hits - Eurythmics; Out Of Time - R.E.M.; Heart In Motion - Amy Grant; "I Wanna Sex You Up" - Color Me Badd
Roger Daltrey in If Looks Could Kill Roger Daltrey in If Looks Could Kill

On the 15th, the movie If Looks Could Kill, a spy comedy featuring Roger as "Blade," is released.

Roger Daltrey Best of Rockers and Ballads Roger Daltrey Best of Rockers and Ballads

Roger's solo collection Best Of Rockers And Ballads is released in Britain.

Pete writes the short story "The Glass Household" that becomes the basis of the story behind Psychoderelict.

May 1991

New album releases: Don't Rock the Jukebox - Alan Jackson; Spellbound - Paula Abdul; Forever My Lady - Jodeci; It's All About to Change - Travis Tritt
Gold Quadrophenia CD Gold Quadrophenia CD

Quadrophenia is released by Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs as a gold CD.

June 1991

New album releases: Unforgettable...With Love - Natalie Cole; Luck of the Draw - Bonnie Raitt; "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" - Bryan Adams; For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge - Van Halen
Salute to Pete the Rock Legend Salute to Pete the Rock Legend

On the 12th, Pete receives the Living Legend Award at the 3rd (and last) International Rock Awards at London's Docklands Arena.

Rock and Roll Daltrey single Rock and Roll Daltrey single

Roger sings the Led Zeppelin song "Rock and Roll" on a charity single released as McEnroe & Cash with The Full Metal Rackets. It is done for Rock Aid Armenia.

On the 18th, Keith Moon receives a plaque on the Rock Walk in Hollywood.

July 1991

New album releases: C.M.B. - Color Me Badd; Into The Great Wide Open - Tom Petty; Trisha Yearwood - Trisha Yearwood; "I'm Too Sexy" - Right Said Fred

On the 15th, PACE Theatrical Group approaches Des McAnuff about creating a stage musical out of Tommy. McAnuff insists that Pete be involved.

This month Pete, Roger and John meet to decide on a song to record for an upcoming Elton John tribute CD. Roger presses for "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)" and ultimately gets his way. Pete however, in a nod to Elton's inclusion of "I Can't Explain" in the middle of his version of "Pinball Wizard," includes a bit of "Take Me to the Pilot" in the middle of The Who's cover. The Who do not record it together. Pete and drummer Simon Phillips record their part at Eel Pie Studios. Producer Jon Astley is displeased with Simon's work and replaces it with a programmed drum machine. The track is then sent off to Revolution Studios for Roger and John to lay in their parts. While there they are filmed for a music video and interview segments to be included in a later video release. Although John has more than a decade of life left, this track will end up being the last studio recording of The Who with John.

The Worst Rock n Roll The Worst Rock n Roll

Jimmy Guterman and Owen O'Donnell give their opinion of The Worst Rock n' Roll Records of All Time in a new book of that name. Who's Last places as the 24th worst album, declaring it a "sad statement" with "rote versions of the same songs they've been serving up for years."

On the 31st and the next night, Roger makes a special appearance with The Chieftains at the Grand Opera House in Belfast. He must perform without a soundcheck due to a bomb scare. The result is later released on CD as An Irish Evening: Live At The Grand Opera House, Belfast with Roger singing "Raglan Road" and "Behind Blue Eyes."

roger daltrey, the chieftains: behind blue eyes... by jolysable

August 1991

New album releases: Metallica - Metallica; Ten - Pearl Jam; Brand New Man - Brooks & Dunn; Pocket Full of Kryptonite - The Spin Doctors

Roger begins working on his last solo studio album to date, Rocks In The Head, at Abbey Road Studios in London.

September 1991

New album releases: Ropin' The Wind - Garth Brooks; Stars - Simply Red; Nevermind - Nirvana; 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.

October 1991

New album releases: Simply The Best - Tina Turner; Greatest Hits II - Queen; We Can't Dance - Genesis; For My Broken Heart - Reba McEntire
Two Rooms CD Two Rooms CD

On the 1st, Two Rooms: Celebrating the songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin is released on video in the U.K. It features interviews with Roger and John and a little of Roger recording "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting." The song itself follows on the CD that enters the U.K. charts on the 26th. It will peak at #21.

November 1991

New album releases: Achtung Baby - U2; Dangerous - Michael Jackson; Shepherd Moons - Enya; Now That's What I Call Music! 20 (U.K.) - Various Artists

On the 7th, Pete's commemoration for Bill Graham, the American rock promoter who died in a helicopter accident the previous month, is published in Rolling Stone.

Two Rooms CD Two Rooms CD

On the 9th, Two Rooms, The Elton John-Bernie Taupin tribute album featuring The Who's cover of "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" enters the U.S. charts. It reaches #18 there.

Des McAnuff, assigned to put together a musical version of Tommy, begins meetings with Pete Townshend at the Royalton Hotel in New York. In the two months since he badly injured his wrist, Pete has been questioning his relatives about his past and he will weave some of his family revelations into the musical.

December 1991

New album releases: Kerplunk! - Green Day; Ten Strait Hits - George Strait; Mental Jewelry - Live; "To Be With You" = Mr. Big
Anchorage Anchorage

On the 20th, it is reported that Pete has sold the Anchorage, his Thames-side mansion for £595,000.

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