RockDocs Episode #5

In the summer of 1964 everything changed for The Who with that chance appearance of Kit Lambert at the Railway Hotel. He and Chris Stamp would have an indelible impact on the Who, so much so they became known as the 5th & 6th members of the band.

The Who: Part 4


Snakes & Ladders

By August 1964 The Detours had become The Who and then The High Numbers. Their first single had fizzled upon release in July while at the same time their peers hit success. Beatlemania was in full swing, The Kinks and The Stones had number one hits and the Animals, Manfred Mann and Hermans Hermits were also finding chart success. But fortunes were about to change with the arrival of Lambert and Stamp. Inspired by The High Numbers the would be moviemakers transformed into managers and they threw themselves into the role. They instinctively knew how to work with the band and within 6 months The Who would have their first hit.


QuikHits

The Who Audition for the BBC

It was close but The Who did pass the audition to be on the BBC’s Top of the Pops. See them perform it from 1965

The Lambert & Stamp Factor

These two guys would have an indelible impact on The Who.

Maximum R&B at The Marquee

How The Who attracted an audience to The Marquee for gigs that would become legendary.

Be Careful What You Wish For

How The Who captured their early sound on record.

The Power of Change

Small changes over just 6 months totally transformed The Who for success.

The Who’s First Hit

The musical influences that helped Pete Townshend write I Can’t Explain.

The Goldhawk Manifesto

A chance discussion with fans gives Pete Townshend a reason to write songs.

Dark and Hot and Steaming

The Railway Hotel was an incubator for The Who, offering the perfect conditions for growth as a band.

Ready Steady Go!

In January 1965 The Who make their mark with a colourful debut appearance on Ready Steady Go!

RockDocs Episode #4

1964 was the year The Who became Whole. It was a year of metamorphosis for The Detours, when they shed their cover band cocoon to emerge as a powerful R&B flavoured live wrecking crew.

The Who: Part 3


1964

1964 was the year The Who became Whole. It 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. Suddenly they were an anchored unit and the energy on stage attracted an audience that wanted more from their music. It was the year the band shed their cover band cocoon to emerge as a powerful R&B flavoured live wrecking crew. 


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1964 – The Who Became Whole

1964 was the transformative year that changed the fortunes of The Who.

When The Who Became Whole

Keith Moon entered the fray in the spring of 1964, totally by chance.

What’s in a Name

Would The Who be The Who if they were still The Detours?

The Flop of “I’m the Face”

The first single Roger, John, Pete & Keith released was a flop. It wasn’t a bad song but…

The Battle of Brighton

The Who were on hand for the Mods & Rockers clashes in Brighton in spring 1964.

Smashed!

Pete Townshend introduces Gustav Metzger style auto-destructive art to mod fans.

RockDocs Episode #3

It’s early 1962 and Pete Townshend finally gets his audition with The Detours. Soon after three quarters of The Who play their first gig together on the scene.

The Who: Part 2


Making the Scene

It’s early 1962 and Pete Townshend finally gets his audition with The Detours. Soon after three quarters of The Who play their first gig together on the scene. 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.


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Collateral Damage

Doug Sandom (2nd from right) was the first drummer to anchor The Who.

The Townshend Windmill

This truly iconic rock move was copped from Keith Richards!

RockDocs Episode #2

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.

The Who: 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.


QuikHits

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.