Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Who--Introduction

(l-r Daltrey, Townshend, Entwistle, Moon)
Roger Daltrey--Lead Vocals, harmonica occasional guitar (1964-present)
Pete Townshend--Guitar, keyboards, vocals (1964-present)
John Entwistle--Bass, French horn, keyboards, vocals (1964-2002)
Keith Moon--Drums and percussion, occasional vocals (1964-1978)
Kenney Jones--Drums and percussion (1979-1983)
NOTE: No drummer has been officially inducted to the band since Jones was fired, but Zak Starkey (Ringo's son) has performed on every tour since 1996. Pino Palladino has filled in on bass since Entwistle's death. Other musicians who tour with the band are Simon Townshend (Pete's brother) on rhythm guitar and backing vocals, and John "Rabbit" Bundrick on keyboards. I have no idea who the drummers, horn players, and other assorted unnecessary extra musicians were for the 1989 "Who on Ice" tour, as I don't have the live album from that tour to review.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Band was originally known as The High Numbers and released several (awful) songs written by producer Shel Tamay. After switching to The Who, the band developed around Pete Townshend's songwriting, scoring hits with "I Can't Explain" (featuring Jimmy Page on rhythm guitar!) and "Anyway Anyhow Anywhere," notable for featuring a co-credit for Roger Daltrey, which would never happen again. In fact, Daltrey would only be credited with two or three other Who songs, and Townshend rarely, if ever, shared writing credits again.

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