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The Who

Like many of the bands that sprang up in England during the first half of the ’60s, the Who were heavily influenced by American R&B music. But they had something most of them did not: a guitar-slinging songwriter whose aspirations went beyond the usual songs about cars and girls. Pete Townshend first revealed his intentions on the Who’s 1965 single ‘My Generation,’ which became a timeless anthem for kids who didn’t want to end up like their parents. Over the next few years, the songs got bigger and more ambitious, culminating in 1969’s ‘Tommy,’ a hugely influential rock opera. They followed it up with one of rock’s true masterpieces, ‘Who’s Next.’ By the end of the ‘70s, drummer Keith Moon was dead and the group’s classic era closed.

 

The Who Announce 50th Anniversary Vinyl Reissues

TheWho.com
TheWho.com

As part of the Who's ongoing 50th anniversary celebration, which already includes a world tour, comprehensive hits collection and new single, the band will reissue each of its studio albums on vinyl, as well as a 7" box containing its first eight single releases.

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Van Morrison and the Who to Headline 2015 Teenage Cancer Trust Concerts

Roger Daltrey Van Morrison
Cedric Ribeiro / Brian Jones, Getty Images

The Teenage Cancer Trust, the charity founded by Roger Daltrey, has announced that its annual week of benefit concerts, which will be held on March 23-28 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

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You Think You Know the Who?

you think you know the who

The Who were one of rock's biggest bands of the '60s and '70s, releasing a series of classic albums that remain among the very best of their era.

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50 Years Ago: The Who Get Off To a Fast Start with ‘I Can’t Explain’

Brunswick
Brunswick

After mucking about for a bit as the High Numbers, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle and Keith Moon rechristened themselves the Who and got to work on the first single under their new name, 'I Can't Explain.'

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Elton John and the Who Headline 2015 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Andrew H. Walker / Rick Diamond, Getty Images
Andrew H. Walker / Rick Diamond, Getty Images

The lineup for this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been announced, and, like in recent years, it includes artists way beyond those jazz and heritage labels.

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45 Years Ago: Keith Moon Accidentally Runs Over, Kills His Chauffeur

Keith Moon
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Keith Moon accidentally ran over his chauffeur on Jan. 4, 1970.

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36 Years Ago: Kenney Jones Replaces Keith Moon in the Who

Polydor
Polydor

Kenney Jones was already highly regarded in the British rock scene by the end of 1978, when he got the unexpected opportunity of a lifetime.

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Keith Moon and John Entwistle To Be Honored With All-Star Concert

Keith Moon and John Entwistle
Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Hard rock and metal veterans will honor the Who on Jan. 25 at the Observatory in Santa Ana, Calif.

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Joan Jett to Open for the Who’s 50th Anniversary Tour

Mike Coppola / Rick Diamond, Getty Images
Mike Coppola / Rick Diamond, Getty Images

Newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Jett and her Blackhearts will open for the Who's 50th anniversary tour when it hits North America next year.

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Roger Daltrey Illness Forces the Who to Postpone Tour

Cedric Ribeiro, Getty Images
Cedric Ribeiro, Getty Images

Doctors have shut down the on-going Who Hits 50 tour after Roger Daltrey contracted a throat infection.

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