The Who

The Who is an English rock band formed in London in 1964. The group was a significant part of the British Invasion and is widely regarded as one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century. Known for their energetic live performances and pioneering use of synthesizers, they have left a lasting legacy in the world of rock music.

Timeline of Career Highlights

1964 The Who is formed by Roger Daltrey (vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass), and Keith Moon (drums).

1965 Release of their debut album "My Generation."

1967 Release of "The Who Sell Out," a concept album that showcased the band's growing ambition.

1969 "Tommy," the first rock opera, is released to critical and commercial success.

1970 Performance at the Isle of Wight Festival, cementing their reputation as a live act.

1971 Release of "Who's Next," featuring hits like "Baba O'Riley" and "Won't Get Fooled Again."

1973 Another rock opera, "Quadrophenia," is released.

1978 Keith Moon dies; Kenny Jones later joins as the drummer.

1982 The Who announce a farewell tour.

1996 The band reunites for a tour to support the re-release of "Quadrophenia."

2000s Continued touring and release of new material, including the 2006 album "Endless Wire."

2010s The Who perform at the Super Bowl XLIV halftime show and continue to tour globally.

2019 Release of the album "Who."

Members

  1. Roger Daltrey: Lead vocals, harmonica.
  2. Pete Townshend: Guitar, keyboards, vocals. With his trademark ‘windmill’ arms to play power chords.
  3. John Entwistle: Bass guitar, vocals (died 2002). Somewhat not animated onstage but a solid bass foundation.
  4. Keith Moon: Drums (died 1978). He was a lead drummer apt to smash his kit up at the end of a set!
  5. Kenny Jones: Drums (1978-1988).
  6. Pino Palladino: Bass guitar (2002-present, touring member).

Albums and Discography

  1. My Generation (1965)
  2. A Quick One (1966)
  3. The Who Sell Out (1967)
  4. Tommy (1969)
  5. Live at Leeds (1970)
  6. Who's Next (1971)
  7. Quadrophenia (1973)
  8. The Who by Numbers (1975)
  9. Who Are You (1978)
  10. Face Dances (1981)
  11. It's Hard (1982)
  12. Endless Wire (2006)
  13. Who (2019)

Grammy Awards

The Who has received numerous nominations and awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammy Foundation in 2001.

~Famous Songs or Compositions

  1. "My Generation"
  2. "Baba O'Riley"
  3. "Won't Get Fooled Again"
  4. "Pinball Wizard"
  5. "Behind Blue Eyes"
  6. "Love, Reign o'er Me"
  7. "Who Are You"

Collaborations and Cover Versions

Collaborated with various artists over the years, including performances with Elton John and David Bowie.

Their songs have been covered by numerous artists, including Pearl Jam, Eddie Van Halen, and Limp Bizkit.

"Tommy" was adapted into a film in 1975 and a Broadway musical in 1993.

Quotes

Pete Townshend

Rock 'n' Roll might not solve your problems, but it does let you dance all over them.

Roger Daltrey

You don’t have to be a rock star – if you don’t like the rules, change them.

Gossip

Keith Moon's Wild Antics Known for his destructive behavior, Moon's wild lifestyle and eccentric antics became legendary, including the infamous incident of driving a car into a hotel swimming pool.

Band Tensions The Who has had its share of internal conflicts, especially between Daltrey and Townshend, but these tensions often fueled their creative output.

Legacy

The Who's innovative approach to rock music, including their pioneering use of the rock opera format and synthesisers, and their explosive live performances, have made them a legendary band that continues to influence generations of musicians.

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