The sixties: The who

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This British rock band is one of the most important for the sixties and seventies Real scene beasts, this quartet, with “the Kings”, laid the foundation for a purely British rock. They are also the authors of “Tommy” , a phenomenal rock opera.
The origins of the group date back to 1962. The excellent bassist John Entwistle joined the Detours, a group led by a certain Roger Daltrey, singer and guitarist. Soon, another guitarist, Pete Townshend joined the training. He is a childhood friend of Entwistle.In 1964 the group will take for the first time the name of The Who, at the suggestion of a friend of Pete Townshend. Fun fact: a fan aged of merely 17 years takes the place of the drummer at a concert in London. His play is so powerful and inspired that he joined the group. His name is Keith Moon.

We are in 1964. Like the Stones and the Beatles beginnings, the Who are largely influenced by rhythm and blues and rock and roll of the time. It was also during this period that the group stands out on stage by smashing instruments. A habit that will become a real trademark!
The famous trendy young Londoners called Mods are quickly seduced by the quartet that gradually becomes a model. Their most famous title released in 1965. “My Generation” symbolizes the desires of youth rebellion at the time. A title that gives pride to the talents of bassist John Entwistle. Thanks to the album of the same name, the first group quickly becomes a success throughout Europe.


The second album came in late 66. Under the leadership of Pete Townshend, “A Quick One” contains a mini-opera. A musical direction which is found in one of their most famous albums , “Tommy.” In 67, the quartet joins Festival Monterey, where also played Jimi Hendrix. It was at this time that outputs the third installment of The Who, “The Who Sell Out.” The group offers services increasingly powerful and impressive, laying the foundation of what would later be called hard rock. Paternity to be shared with other groups like Led Zeppelin or the MC5.
“Tommy,” described as the first rock opera in history was released in 1969. It narrates the adventures of a pinball prodigy, blind, deaf and dumb! It was not until 1975 that this album is the subject of a film, with the presence of Eric Clapton and Jack Nicholson. The album is considered by many to be the most successful work of the group. After boisterous performances in Woodstock and the Isle of Wight, Roger Daltrey and his accomplices recorded their first live album, in Leeds. A disc that has truly captured the incredible energy of the group, and the public.
In 2001, their last tour was canceled following the death of John Entwistle, prodigious bassist. However, the band released “Endless Wire” (2006), an album of songs recorded for Maxi “Wire & Glass”, released in England.However, The Who start touring back in 2007.

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