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The Who

The Who

The Who are an English rock band formed in 1964. Their best known line-up consisted of singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon. They are regarded as one of the three most important British rock acts of all time.



The Who were one of the great rock bands of the 1960s and 1970s. In its glory years the group consisted of guitarist and main songwriter Pete Townshend (b. 19 May 1945), singer Roger Daltrey (b. 1 March 1944), bassist John Entwistle (b. 9 October 1944, d. 27 June 2002) and drummer Keith Moon (b. 23 August 1946, d. 7 September 1978). Early on the group was part of the 'Mod' movement, playing R&B music in stylized tailored suits, before morphing into an unruly proto-punk band famous for smashing its instruments at the end of live performances. This period is epitomized by the oft-mentioned lyric 'Hope I die before I get old' in the band's 1965 tune 'My Generation.' Eventually The Who graduated into high-minded and inventive rock, rising in fame alongside fellow Brit superbands The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and playing at Woodstock in 1969. Daltry was a blonde-maned and bare-chested lead singer, Townshend an energetic dervish on guitar. Moon became one of rock-and-roll's great flameouts, famous for his savage drumming and whimsically mad offstage life until his sudden death at age 32. Burly bassist Entwistle anchored the group, standing stoically alongside Townshend's leaps and windmills. The band continued on after the deaths of Moon and later Entwistle, touring and recording into the 21st century. Their many albums include 'My Generation' (1965), 'The Who Sell Out' (1969, including the single 'I Can See for Miles'), the groundbreaking rock opera 'Tommy' (1969, with the single 'Pinball Wizard'), the landmark 'Live at Leeds' (1970), 'Who's Next' (1971, with the singles 'Baba O'Reilly'and 'Won't Get Fooled Again'), 'Who Are You' (1978), and 'It's Hard' (1982). The 1973 concept album 'Quadrophenia' was the basis for a 1979 movie. A 1979 documentary of the band, 'The Kids Are Alright', was titled after their 1965 single of that name. The Who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.