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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.

 
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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Pete Townshend
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The Day the Who Were Arrested in Montreal

Following an incendiary performance at Montreal's Forum on Dec. 2, 1973, the Who attended an after-show party put on by RCA executives.

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Decca Records
Decca Records

The History of the Who’s First Concept Album, ‘The Who Sell Out’

The Who -- one of the most experimental hard rock groups of the '60s and '70s -- were rapidly evolving musically when they released The Who Sell Out on Dec. 1, 1967.

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Eagle Rock Entertainment
Eagle Rock Entertainment

The Who, ‘Live in Hyde Park': DVD Review

'Live in Hyde Park' is a great example of what the modern incarnation of the Who sounds like.

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The Kids Are Alright
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How a Fan Ended Up Playing Drums With the Who

On Nov. 20, 1975, Who fan Scott Halpin wound up sitting in with the group on drums after Keith Moon passed out.

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Terry O’Neill, Getty Images

40 Years Ago: Keith Moon Gets Wild as the Who Begin Their 1975 US tour

Keith Moon led a raucous party at the Houston Oaks Hotel on Nov. 20, 1975, as the Who celebrated the start of a month-long U.S. tour.

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