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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.

 
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Ian Gavan, Getty Images

Roger Daltrey Confirms the Who for Rumored Mega-Festival Show

Roger Daltrey has been quoted confirming the Who as performers in an upcoming festival rumored to include appearances from Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Roger Waters.

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Warner Bros
Warner Bros

35 Years Ago: The Who Struggle to Regroup on ‘Face Dances’

Released on March 11, 1981, 'Face Dances' saw the Who try to pick themselves up after the death of Keith Moon.

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Steve Wood / Stringer, Getty Images

40 Years Ago: Keith Moon Collapses Behind His Drum Kit in Boston

Oddly enough, one of Moon's most infamous on-stage mishaps wasn't – at least initially – chalked up to his consumption of drugs and alcohol.

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Ultimate Classic Rock
Ultimate Classic Rock

Who Albums, Ranked From Worst to Best

With all of the compilations the Who have released over the years, it's easy to forget that their studio output boils down to a mere 11 albums.

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Ian Gavan, Getty Images

Roger Daltrey Describes Struggle With Meningitis: ‘All I Could Do Was Lay There and Groan’

The singer talks about his bout with the disease as the Who prepare to resume their tour.

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Atlantic Records
Atlantic Records

The Story of Roger Daltrey’s First Post-Who Solo Album, ‘Parting Should Be Painless’

By the time the Who called it quits in 1983, singer Roger Daltrey had already been a part-time solo artist for a decade.

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Polydor
Polydor

The History of Kenney Jones’ Time With the Who

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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YouTube
YouTube

The History of the Who’s First Breakup

Pete Townshend announced that he was leaving the Who on Dec. 16, 1983.

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Brunswick
Brunswick

50 Years Ago: The Who Arrive on ‘My Generation’

The Who's debut arrived in the U.K. on Dec. 3, 1965.

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Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

The Story of the Who’s Cincinnati Concert Tragedy

Eleven fans died on Dec. 3, 1979 during a stampede to the front of Riverfront Coliseum for a Who concert.

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