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.


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 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. 


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.


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

RockDocs Episode #1:

Setting the Stage

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 banner image to listen)

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. In 1941 it began being broadcast to German troops in North Africa and became equally loved by both Axis and Allied troops. Here is Marlene Dietrich’s German version of the song.

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