We had a request for something about THE WHO, and my mind immediately went to MY GENERATION, which absolutely blew me away the first time I heard it. Lead Singer Roger Daltrey, Guitarist and Singer Pete Townshend, Bass Guitarist John Entwistle, and Drummer Keith Moon got together in 1964, and developed a whole new paradigm for a Rock Band: Fast and Loud and Spectacular.
Pete Townshend is generally believed to be a genius, and he took the music to a whole new level--not to mention Drummer Keith Moon, a Wild Man on and off the stage. In this clip from their breakout year 1967 his drumming is incredible. If you've never seen Moon you've got to see this.
The Who by this point had recorded the singles, "Happy Jack," "My Generation", and "Substitute", and 1967 was the year that they busted wide open at The Monterrey Pop Festival shocking the audience by destroying instruments at the end of their set. Jimi Hendrix said that he decided to set his guitar on fire after seeing that.
The Who were innovators introducing"The Marshall Stack" of speakers creating the loudest PA system in existence. The band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 where their display describes them as "prime contenders, in the minds of many, for the title of World's Greatest Rock Band.
We'll revisit The Who in future posts, talking about Woodstock, "Tommy," and the death of Keith Moon (He was replaced by Ringo Starr's son Zak Starkey) and more. But for now, let's go back to 1967 and See and Hear The Who Live and still climbing the ladder to fame and fortune and selling over 100 Million Records World-Wide. Crank It Up and Rock On!
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