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.
Phil Collins Recalls Offering to Quit Genesis to Join the Who
Drummer tells of being beaten to Keith Moon’s job by Kenney Jones and complex practical joke George Harrison played on him.
Nancy Carol Lewis Jones, Who and Jimi Hendrix Publicist, Dies
Publicist worked with many top British rock acts and was later Monty Python's U.S. manager.
Roger Daltrey ‘Angry’ About Bonus Tracks on New Who Album
Singer says addition of four extra songs “makes a perfect album imperfect.”
Pete Townshend Wanted to Quit the Who From ‘Day One’
Guitarist reflects on moments he’s loved and hated his band.
The Who Returning to Cincinnati for First Time Since 1979 Tragedy
Band will perform in the area more than 40 years after a stampede outside a show killed 11 fans.
Pete Townshend Wanted Roger Daltrey to Rap on New Who Album
Frontman admits he hated early version of "All This Music Must Fade."