The energy the band had in the 60s was exceptional for their day.
With live performances including smashing guitars drum kits even amps,
This was raw and very new for its time.
Formed out of the UK in 1964, and have been cited by many as one of the most influential bands of the 20th century, with over 100 million record sales worldwide, plus an incredible reputation equally for live shows.
They grew out of an earlier group, "the Detours", and became part of the Pop Art and Mod movements.
Their first single as the Who, "I Can't Explain", reached the UK top ten, followed by a string of legendary singles, which included classics like "My Generation", "Substitute" and "Happy Jack".
In 1967, they performed at the Monterey Pop Festival and released their firsr US top ten single "I Can See for Miles", while touring extensively.
Live appearances at the Woodstock festival, plus the Isle of Wight Festival, combined with their "Live at Leeds" album, cemented their reputation as a respected Rock act.
Along with this success came increased pressure on lead songwriter and visionary Townshend, and the follow-up to Tommy, Lifehouse, was abandoned.
Songs from the project made up 1971's Who's Next, which included the hit "Won't Get Fooled Again", which later became the theme tune to the TV series Csi Miami, and their classic Baba O'Riley becoming the theme to CSI NY
They continued to tour to large audiences before semi-retiring from live performances at the end of '76.
The release of Who Are You in 1978 was sadly overshadowed by the death of Keith Moon around the same time.
After Townshend became weary of touring, the group split in 1982, they occasionally re-formed for live appearances such as Live Aid in 1985, a 25th anniversary tour in 1989 and a tour of Quadrophenia in 1996. They resumed regular touring in 1999, with drummer Zak Starkey.
Following Jon Entwistle passing away in 2002, their plans for a new album were abandoned, Townshend and Daltrey continued as the Who, and released "Endless Wire" in 2006, and still regularly play live.
So many major contributions to the world of Rock music can be attributed to the Who, including;-
- The development of the Marshall stack
- Large PA systems
- The use of the synthesizer in Rock
- Entwistle and Moon's lead playing styles of the Bass Guitar and Drums, at that time purely rhythm instruments.
- The development of the Rock Opera.
- Also, they have been cited as an influence by countless bands, from Heavy Metal, to Glam Rock, to Punk, to Mod and Rock.
1) My Generation (1965)
2) A Quick One (1966)
3) The Who Sell Out (1967)
4) Tommy (1969)
5) Who's Next (1971)
6) Quadrophenia (1973)
7) The Who by Numbers (1975)
8) Who Are You (1978)
9) Face Dances (1981)
10) It's Hard (1982)
11) Endless Wire (2006)
12) Who (2019)
Members Name Check
- Roger Daltrey – vocals, guitar, harmonica, percussion (1964–present)
- Pete Townshend – guitar, keyboards, vocals (1964–present)
- John Entwistle – bass guitar, horns, keyboards, vocals (1964–2002, when he sadly passed away)
- Doug Sandom – drums (1964)
- Keith Moon – drums, vocals (1964–1978, when he sadly passed away)
- Kenney Jones – drums (1978–1988)
- Zak Starkey – drums, percussion (1994–present)
- Simon Townshend – guitar, backing vocals (1996–1997, 2002–present)
- Pino Palladino – bass guitar (2002–present)
- John Corey – keyboards, backing vocals (2012–present)
- Loren Gold – keyboards, backing vocals (2012–present)
- Frank Simes – keyboards, backing vocals, musical director (2012–present)
- John Bundrick – keyboards, backing vocals (1979–1981, 1985–2012)
- Tim Gorman – keyboards, backing vocals (1982)
- Simon Philips – drums (1989–1991)
- Steve "Boltz" Bolton - electric guitar (1989)