January 2012 (5 years ago)
New music releases: "Somebody That I Used to Know" - Gotye; "I Won't Give Up" - Jason Mraz; "Rack City" - Tyga; "Drive By" - Train
On the 14th, Roger Daltrey appears as an interviewee in the BBC Two documentary Ken Russell: A Bit of a Devil. Russell died a month and a half before.
On the 24th the 4-CD tribute to Bob Dylan, Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan is released. It includes a cover of "Corrina, Corrina" by Pete Townshend.
On the 25th, a press release announces that Pete has sold his interest in his entire song catalog to the Spirit Music Group. Pete will work as a consultant with the company "with the specific goal of fostering proactive collaboration between the artist, his management team (Trinifold), his record label (Universal Music Group), the original publisher of his earliest works (TRO) and Spirit's global marketing staff."
On the 31st, Lawrence Ball's double-CD Method Music is released. Produced by Pete and Bob Lord, the work is based on a computer program developed by Ball inspired by Pete's Lifehouse ideas from 1970-1971.
January 2007 (10 years ago)
New music releases: Not Too Late - Norah Jones; Recio, Recio Mis Creadorez - Los Creadorez del Pasito Duranguense de Alfredo Ramírez; "Outta My System" - Bow Wow ft. T-Pain and Johntá; The Essential Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley
On the 6th, Pete writes an open letter to David Lister, Arts columnist for The Independent, who had quoted Pete in a previous article. Pete says rock is "about to throw off some of its testosterone driven defiance" and demand "a new level of intimacy from their audience."
On the 10th, Pete participates in a demo radio version of his partner Rachel Fuller's In The Attic. He performs "No Name, No Face, No Number." Nothing further is heard of the radio version of the show.
On the 21st, Pete repeats his performance of "No Name, No Face, No Number" at a tribute concert for Jim Capaldi at the Roundhouse in London.
On the 23rd, Pete Townshend - The Definitive Collection CD is released. Pete is interviewed on XFM and speaks about playing Glastonbury: "I don't know if we're allowed to say, but let me put it this way, I think they want us to do it, and we want to do it. So we shall see. I this it's about whether or not they'll give me space to park my tent."
On the same day, The Who receive a lifetime achievement award at the South Bank Awards Show at London's Savoy Hotel. Pete and Roger receive their award from ITV chairman Michael Grade.
Also on the 23rd, Tony Furtado releases a cover of "Won't Get Fooled Again" on his CD Thirteen and Joe Goldmark releases his CD Seducing The '60s featuring a country & western cover of "The Kids Are Alright."
On the 24th, Pete reveals on his website that he and Roger had a business meeting prior to the South Bank Awards show and decided on a European tour for May followed by a winter tour of Japan, Australia and Hawaii. He also discusses a recent French author's view that soon all music will be available for downloading for free: "iTunes are getting away with murder, and the French want to stop them. Oh! I warned you all back in 1986 and no one listened."
On the 30th, the group Ruth's Hat releases their CD Nostalgic For Right Now featuring a cover of "I Can't Explain".
January 2002 (15 years ago)
New album releases: Drive - Alan Jackson; The Essential Barbra Streisand - Barbra Streisand; A Walk To Remember/Original Soundtrack - Various Artists; Greatest Love Songs - Frank Sinatra
On the 2nd, in a phone interview to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Pete Townshend calls rap "the only authentic form of neighborhood music we have left," and says he has made a commitment to go into the studio with The Who, a producer and a record contract in October 2002 to make a new Who album.
On the 14th, Pete posts the script to White City on his website.
Roger Daltrey pens captions to old Who and Roger photos for Q magazine. He says he was never serious about his solo career and, speaking about when Gary Glitter broke his eye socket in 1996, "if I'd known he was a nonce then, I would have killed him."
On the 16th, Pete posts a long diary message called A Different Bomb about the dangers of child pornography on the Internet. "When you are a child - possibly the victim of a war, maybe just an orphan or foster child - and sexual abuse follows, it could be said that what drops on you is '...a different bomb'. I believe that the internet is a latent bomb factory for the children of the future." After the blowup about his research on this issue in 2003, Pete is forced to stop plans to continue writing what was meant to be a exposé book and this document is all that is ever published.
On the 21st, Pete posts his 1967 U.S. Air Force ad on his website.
On the 23rd, The Who hold the first of their rehearsals for their upcoming shows that start on the 27th and 28th at Portsmouth Guildhall. William Topley is the supporting act. At the first show, Pete sends a Fender to its reward.
On the 29th, The Concert For New York, featuring The Who's performance from the previous October, is released on DVD.
On the 31st, The Who perform at Watford Town Hall. Before the show, Roger slags British pop mogul Simon Cowell to the press, calling him a "dreadful piece of crap who drags the music industry down whenever he rears his ugly fucking head." During the show, Pete makes reference to a lurid murder then a hot topic in the British tabloids by imitating hecklers and saying, "I'll put a marble down your throat." He later apologizes.
January 1997 (20 years ago)
New album releases: Travelling Without Moving - Jamiroquai; Vivir - Enrique Iglesias; Lie To Me - Johnny Lang; What's Your Name - Lynyrd Skynyrd
On the 12th, Pete writes "Wired To The Moon (Part 2)", which is later released on Scoop 3. On the 19th, he records "Drumming" later released on his website.
The Who: The Definitive Guitar Collection sheet music books are published.
On the 17th, Objayda release a cover of "The Kids Are Alright" on their Pretend Pretenders E.P.
On the 18th, The John Entwistle Band performs at the Cakewalk exhibit at the NAMM convention in Anaheim, California. This live performance is also presented on an Internet-only cybercast hosted by Cakewalk Music Software and Intel. The cybercast makes musical history as The John Entwistle Band is joined by percussionist Pedro Vargas over an internet connection from a CAA/Intel Media Lab in Hollywood over 50 miles away.
On the 28th, John goes to Stockholm to promote the upcoming Who show.
On the 29th, original cast members of the movie Quadrophenia and the press take the Quadrophenia Express from Victoria Station to Brighton. They are met by Brighton's mayor and a group of Mods to celebrate the re-release of the film.
January 1992 (25 years ago)
New album releases: Kerplunk! - Green Day; Born Into the 90s - R. Kelly & Public Announcement; Rush/Original Soundtrack - Eric Clapton; The Mambo Kings/Original Soundtrack - Various Artists
On the 4th, the animated short film The Real Story Of Happy Birthday To You is released. Roger voices the character "Barnaby the Stablehand."
On the 28th, The Chieftains release their CD An Irish Evening: Live at the Grand Opera House, Belfast. Roger sings "Raglan Road" and "Behind Blue Eyes" on the CD. It peaks at #120 in the U.S. Billboard charts and wins a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album.
January 1982 (35 years ago)
New album releases: Pyromania - Def Leppard; Cuts Like A Knife - Bryan Adams; Another Page - Christopher Cross; Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) - The Eurythmics
Sometime around the beginning of the month Pete calls in Steve Strange of Visage to produce a duet with a cross-dressing French chanteuse named Ronny of "The Lady Is A Tramp".
Shortly after this he flies to Dr. Meg Patterson's neuroelectric therapy clinic at Corona del Mar, California to end his addictive use of alcohol, heroin, Ativan and crack cocaine. While there he writes more songs for his upcoming solo album and short stories that will ultimately end up in the Horse's Neck book. As for The Who, Pete contacts Roger back in London and says that as soon as he's clean and sober, he'd like to record another Who album and follow it with one final major tour.
January 1977 (40 years ago)
New album releases: Animals - Pink Floyd; Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes - Jimmy Buffet; Live: You Get What You Play For - R.E.O. Speedwagon; Lost Without Your Love - Bread
Roger is in Ramport Studios in Battersea, London to record songs for his third solo album.
On the 20th, The Who's lawsuit against ex-managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp is settled with negotiations between Pete and Stamp at an office on Poland Street. Pete receives a $1-million settlement of his U.S. copyrights to date and The Who gain rights to all their recordings from "Substitute" on. MCA also agrees to pay for the cost of writing a screenplay for Quadrophenia. During the settlement Pete learns that lawyer Allan Klein permanently owns a piece of his song copyrights as a result of the 1966 settlement with Decca Records. Pete who loathes Klein, is appalled by the news.
After the settlement Pete and Chris Stamp go clubbing at The Speakeasy where they catch some of John Otway's performance. Later that night Paul Cook and Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols stop by. Mistaking them for Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious, Pete huddles with them at their table and tells them The Sex Pistols will have to carry the "rock 'n' roll banner" as The Who are finished. Instead of the snarled response he expects, the two Pistols express their admiration for The Who and declare they don't want them to break up. Pete and the Pistols are snapped by a New Musical Express photographer who has punches thrown at him by a very inebriated Pete. Pete then tears up his million-dollar check, leaves The Speakeasy and passes out in the gutter where a policeman who recognizes him brings him around. The bobby explains that if he can get up and go home, he won't have to arrest him. Pete will later write the events of this night into the first verse of the song "Who Are You."
On the 24th, Eric Clapton records a guitar overdub for Roger's One of the Boys solo LP. The results aren't quite good enough to use, however, after Eric gets soused on Roger's gift of a barrel of Fuller's Superstrong Ale.
On the 29th, New Musical Express reports on the Pete/Sex Pistols meeting. "He thinks he's past it but he ain't really, he's still great," says Cook. Jones adds, "he was a really great geezer even though he was, like, paralytic."
On the 31st, Keith Moon is a presenter at the 1977 American Music Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
January 1972 (45 years ago)
New album releases: Paul Simon - Paul Simon; Jackson Browne - Jackson Browne; Baby I'm-a Want You - Bread; Let's Stay Together - Al Green
On the 15th, Billboard lists "Let's See Action" as #3 in Singapore.
Rolling Stone names The Who band of the year and awards Who's Next album of the year.
On the 17th, Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy is certified gold by the RIAA.
On the 23rd, John's son Christopher is born at Queen Charlotte's Maternity Hospital in Hammersmith.
At the end of the month, the Universal Spiritual League releases the Meher Baba-dedicated album I Am. It is produced by Pete and contains a 9:50 edit of the instrumental "Baba O'Riley" as well as his musical version of Baba's prayer "O Parvardigar," that becomes the main hymn for Baba followers. In addition Pete plays synthesizer on "Dragon," guitar and drums on "Affirmation" and synthesized flute on Billy Nicholls' "This Song Is Green."
The Who, meanwhile, are off group duty until May, their first long break since they started their road to international success over seven years before. Pete takes off for his first trip to India on the 29th, a bit hungover after celebrating his father's 56th birthday the night before.
January 1967 (50 years ago)
New records: "Let's Spend The Night Together"/"Ruby Tuesday" - The Rolling Stones; "This Is My Song" - Petula Clark; "The Beat Goes On" - Sonny and Cher; "For What It's Worth" - Buffalo Springfield
The Who's first show for the year is on the 6th at the Marine Ballroom in Morecambe, all except for Pete who doesn't make it. The Who's management claim it is another car accident on the M1. The truth is that Pete is on his third acid trip and sensing correctly that he is in no shape to drive, instead goes to the UFO Club to see The Pink Floyd. He takes Eric Clapton with him the next night specifically to check out Syd Barrett.
On the 7th, Disc magazine starts a four-part "Who Are The Who?" series starting with Roger.
On the 11th, The Who mime to "Happy Jack" for a broadcast of Top Of The Pops the following day. BBC records show The Who are paid £84 for their appearance. After the show, Pete and Eric Clapton catch Jimi Hendrix's set at the Bag O'Nails club. The following night they both attend his next show at the 7½ Club.
One more date in the U.K. for The Who follows at Festival Hall in Kirkby-in-Ashfield on the 13th before they fly off to Hamburg, Germany on the 15th to perform on the TV show Beat Club. They mime to "I'm a Boy," "Heat Wave" and "Happy Jack" and the first song is later released on the Who's Better Who's Best video.
On the 14th, Melody Maker prints the interview "Pop think in: Pete Townshend." Meanwhile Keith Moon's marriage is completely covered up in an article in Disc and Music Echo. Keith claims to live alone except for a Labrador puppy.
The Who Fan Club Newsletter reveals that The Who now have U.S. live performance representation with Premier Talent.
Manfred Mann release their album Soul Of Mann featuring a jazz cover of "My Generation."
One benefit of The Who being allied with Brian Epstein is realized this month as Pete and The Who's manager Kit Lambert are invited to John Lennon's house to listen to and critique The Beatles' soon-to-be-released song "Strawberry Fields Forever". Whether or not Pete is critical to John Lennon's face, he shortly afterwards tells New Musical Express: "I believe pop music should be like the TV - something you can turn on or off and shouldn't disturb the mind. Eventually these people are going to go too far and leave the rest of the world behind. It's very hard to like 'Strawberry Fields Forever' for simply what it is. Some artists are becoming musically unapproachable." Much later he will change his mind and declare the song The Beatles' best.
Pete tells Beat Instrumental he is working on a full-length rock opera. Pete: "It takes place in the year 1999, when China is breaking out and is about to take over the world. The hero loses his wife and decides to go and live in this tiny country, which is about to be overrun by the Chinese. The hero goes through hundreds of situations, and there is music for each. He goes out in a boat and gets shipwrecked, he has a bad nightmare, and so on." Pete never finishes the work and part of it is subsequently released as "Rael" on The Who Sell Out but the publication of this article fires the pistol in the race for someone to be the first to actually put out a full-length "rock opera".
On the 17th, The Who are recorded live at The Playhouse for BBC's radio programme Saturday Club. The tunes supplied are "Happy Jack," "Run, Run, Run," "Boris The Spider," "See My Way", "Don't Look Away" and "So Sad About Us". Pete is also interviewed. The show airs on the 21st.
On the 18th, The Who perform at the Orchid Ballroom in Putney. The 21st was to have been The Who's first performance at Leeds University, but this time Pete actually has car trouble when he runs out of gas on the A1. Determined not to miss the show, Pete attempts to trade his guitar for gas. By the time he finally makes it to Leeds, it is too late.
Also on the 21st, "Happy Jack" reaches its U.K. peak at #3. On the same day, Billboard reports it is at #2 in The Netherlands. In Sweden, both "Happy Jack" and "La La La Lies" enter the Tio i Topp charts on this date. The former will reach #5, the latter #7. On the 24th, "Happy Jack" also appears on Sweden's Kvällstoppen sales chart where it will peak at #8.
On the 25th, The Who are at the Kingsway Theatre in Hadleigh, Essex supported by The Roulettes, Sound Around, the She Trinity, and the Sovereigns. The set for the show: "I Can't Explain," "So Sad About Us," "Barbara Ann," "Run Run Run," "Don't Look Away," "Substitute," "I'm A Boy," "Happy Jack" and "My Generation." The next night sees them at The Locarno Ballroom in Bristol. The Who have their biggest sell-out up to that time at this venue. Locked-out fans trash cars in the parking lot including Roger's new sports car.
On the 28th, New Musical Express prints the article: "After Monkees, big Who tv series?" about a supposed deal to create a Monkees-like TV show starring The Who. That night sees The Who performing at Tofts Club in Folkestone.
Also on the 28th, more Who business news. Billboard reports Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp are setting up a public relations firm with Nancy Lewis. They will handle U.K. publicity for The Who, The Merseys and touring Motown acts.
On the 29th, The Who play their first Who show booked by Brian Epstein's NEMS Enterprises at the Saville Theatre in London. The opening act is The Koobas followed by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. John Lennon and Paul McCartney watch from Epstein's private box. In their first match up, reviewers say Hendrix's show tops The Who's. Part of this is because Hendrix ends his set by smashing his guitar and amplifiers, leaving The Who with no climax to their set. Pete walks out and says, "Well, we're not going to top that. You lot might as well go home now." The Who's set does have two surprises. John smashes toy robots walking across the stage, and the mini-opera "A Quick One While He's Away" has its live premiere.
The Who finish the month on the 31st performing at the Palais Des Danse in Ilford, Essex.
January 1962 (55 years ago)
New records: "Let Me In" - The Sensations; "Duke of Earl" - Gene Chandler; "Midnight in Moscow" - Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen: "Twisin' The Night Away" - Sam Cooke
On the 15th, Roger 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."
"Peter James" may have been Pete Townshend. Pete later notes this month as the one where he successfully auditions for The Detours.
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