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THE WHO: Part 1

Cradle to Stage

From the war ravaged neighbourhood of Acton to the early 60’s London club scene this episode looks back at the young lives of Roger, John and Pete of The Who. It explores how their environments impacted their musical interests and shaped who they would become and how their initial musical influences of Big Band, Dixieland, Al Jolson, Skiffle and early rock n roll set the creative foundation of this live musical wrecking crew.

This is RockDocs Episode #2 and part one of the story of The Who. If you want to start at the very beginning listen to “Setting the Stage” first.


All Aboard the Magic Bus!

The 4 innocent looking boys of one of rock’s most influential bands.

Pete’s Childhood in Tommy Lyrics

How Pete Townshend’s childhood is reflected in The Who’s Tommy.

The Spark That Lit Roger’s Career

How a TV show performance sparked Roger’s musical career.

It’s a Bass, Isn’t It?!

How a chance meeting brings John Entwistle into Roger Daltrey’s band.

Pete’s “Greatest Bloody Triumph”

Of all his accomplishments Pete says in his book “Who I Am” that this was the big one.

That’s Creativity!

For John and Roger, making music first required making an instrument to play.

An Extraordinary Creative Tool

Who fans have drummer Mick Brown (pictured centre) to thank for introducing Pete to the power of recording in 1961. (Also pictured Peter Wilson)

ROCKDOCS Episode #1:

World War II left Europe in tatters but out of the ashes rose a new sound in music and a youth culture that had never been seen before. American servicemen stationed in Europe had brought blues and rock n roll with them and they shared it via late night radio. UK youngsters were listening and the evolution of music from Big Band to Dixieland, Skiffle and Rock n Roll began. Setting the Stage explores how the war and growing up in post war London fuelled the talent and creativity explosion of the 60’s. (To LISTEN click the Play button in the banner image above)

Side Trax

Britain’s First R n R Song

Britain’s first real RnR song took 37 years to complete. Check out SideTrax to find out why.

Rock Music Started Here

Without this song, rock music as we now know it probably would not exist. Check out SideTrax to find out why.

Britain’s First Rock n Roller

Tommy Steele sort of reminds me of Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters. Check out SideTrax to learn why.

American Big Band leader Glenn Miller was the most popular artist from 1939 – 1943 and his music represents the WWII sound. It was the mash-up “In the Mood” that catapulted his popularity, while his untimely death added to his iconic status. 

“Lili Marlene” was originally a poem written by a 22 year old soldier during the WWI. It was put to music and recorded before the outbreak of WWII but banned by the Nazis for lacking military qualities. Despite that ban, in 1941 it began being broadcast to German troops in North Africa. It became equally loved by both Axis and Allied troops. Here is Marlene Dietrich’s German version of the song.

Setting the Stage photo - Lead Belly

Lead Belly’s Rock Island Line played a pivotal role in the evolution of music in the UK and it has an interesting history