The Who are an English rock band formed in 1964 by the original members Pete Townshend guitarist, Roger Daltrey on vocals, John Entwistle on bass and Keith Moon on drums. They were renowned for their energetic onstage performances, sold over 100 million records, according to New York Times and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
The Who first attracted attention through their amazing stage shows in United Kingdom, the release of the top ten hit singles including "My Generation" and five top albums in 1965 including "I Can't Explain". Success followed in the US with “I Can See for Miles” which was a top ten hit in 1967. The Who continued to have massive success in the US with a series of top five albums including Tommy (1969), Quadrophenia (1973) and Who Are You (1978). After Moon’s death in 1978, the band released another two studio albums Face Dances (1981) and It’s Hard (1982) before calling it a day.
The band continued to perform together at events such as Live Aid and for their 25th Anniversary tour in 1989. Plans to record a new album were delayed with the death of Entwistle in 2002, however Townshend and Daltrey continue to perform as The Who and saw the release of the studio album Endless Wire in 2006.
Group became the Who in 1964; members included Pete Townshend (full name, Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend; born May 19,1945, in London, England; son of Clifford [a musician] and Betty [a singer] Townshend, mother's maiden name: Dennis; married Karen Astley, 1968; children: Emma and Aminta), songwriter, guitarist, keyboard player; Roger Daltrey (born March 1,1944, in London, England) vocalist; John Entwistle (born September 10, 1944 [one source says October 9, 1946] in London, England) bass player; Keith Moon (born August 23, 1946, in London, England; died September 7,1978, in London, England) drummer; Kenny Jones (born September 16, 1949, in England) replaced Moon as drummer.
Entwistle, Daltrey, and Townshend performed in a group called the Detours, 1962; added Keith Moon and changed their name to the High Numbers, 1963; changed group name to the Who, 1964; drummer Keith Moon died, 1978; added Kenny Jones as drummer, 1979; group disbanded, c. 1983; reformed to appear at Live Aid, 1985; reformed with Simon Phillips replacing Jones, and Steve Bolton, for a reunion tour, 1989. Appeared in films, including Tommy, Quadrophonic, and The Kids Are Alright.
Awards: Many gold and platinum albums.
Addresses: Home—(Townshend) The Boathouse, Analog Dr., Twickenham, TW11QZ, England. Office—(Townshend) c/o Entertainment Corporation of America, 99 Park Ave., 16th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10016-1502. Record company-Warner Brothers Records, Inc., 3300 Warner Blvd., Burbank, Calif. 91505.
My Generation, Brunswick and Decca Records, 1965.
A Quick One, Decca and Reaction Records, 1966.
The Who Sell Out, Decca and Track Records, 1967.
Tommy, Decca and Track, 1969.
Who's Next, Decca and Track, 1971.
Quadrophenia, MCA Records, Polydor, and Track, 1973.
The Who by Numbers, MCA and Polydor,1975.
Who Are You, MCA and Polydor, 1978.
Face Dances, Polydor and Warner Bros. Records, 1981.
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