1964 was the year of metamorphosis for The Detours. There were name changes, new management, record company auditions and recordings but the single biggest change was the arrival of Keith Moon. This was the year the band shed their cover band cocoon to emerge as a powerful R&B flavoured live wrecking crew.
In early 1962 Pete Townshend finally gets his audition for The Detours and a gig shortly after sees three quarters of The Who play together on the scene for the first time. The band would morph and evolve over the next 2 years as they honed their skills and sound, with players coming and going. The burgeoning London club scene was spawning great music and in this episode we hear music from the Beatles, the Stones and Eric Clapton and the Yardbirds.
Part 1: Cradle to Stage
From the war ravaged neighbourhood of Acton to the early 60’s London club scene this episode explores the young lives of Roger, John and Pete. 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.
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. This show looks at how the war and growing up in post war London fuelled the talent and creativity explosion of the 60’s. Click the image to listen.