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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.

 

45 Years Ago: The Who Roar Through ‘Live at Leeds’

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If there was any doubt that the Who were one of the most ferocious live acts on the planet at the start of the ‘70s, Live at Leeds quashed it.

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The Who’s ‘I’m Free’ Remixed for New Cablevision Commercial

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Cablevision’s new Freewheel Wi-Fi service knows what it takes to reach the highest high.

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Roger Daltrey Looks Back on 50 Years of the Who

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Larry Busacca, Getty Images

"Actually," noted Roger Daltrey when Forbes pointed out that he and Pete Townshend have been together in the Who for 50 years, "[it's been] 54 or 55. And," laughed Daltrey, "he’s as bloody difficult now as he always was."

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46 Years Ago: The Who Record ‘Pinball Wizard’

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The Who recorded one of their biggest hits on Feb. 7, 1969 with the intention of getting a good review from a critic.

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The Who Announce 50th Anniversary Vinyl Reissues

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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

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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?

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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’

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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

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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

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

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