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It's a drag scene at the moment. Everyone's playing the same stuff—James Brown, Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett. It's stalemate! So we're going right back to dig up some old numbers from the Dion-Everlys era. There was some good stuff out then that we could adapt to our style. And it's just the right time.

— Pete Townshend

Beat Instrumental - December 1965

Today in the Who's History


John Entwistle is born at Hammersmith Hospital in Acton.


The Who play in Carlisle


New Musical Express carries a rather sober interview with Keith about rock and drumming for The Who.


The Who play in Guildford


Keith's father, Alfred “Nobby” Moon, dies of a heart attack at the age of 53.


John becomes the second member of The Who to turn 30. On this day he begins two weeks of intermittent recording at Wessex Studios, Highbury New Park, North London for his contribution to the comical concept album Flash Fearless versus the Zorg Women, Parts 5 & 6. Meanwhile John and his solo band The Ox, streamlined to four members, rehearse at Shepperton Studios. Equipment and rehearsals will end up costing John


Polydor releases a double-LP Who retrospective called The Story Of The Who in Europe. It is a strong seller reaching #2 in the U.K. charts. A single from the LP, “Substitute” backed with the Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy version of “I'm A Boy” and “Pictures Of Lily” is also a hit, reaching #7. The album gets mostly favorable reviews except for grumbles about the complete absence of any tracks from Quadrophenia.
The Who play in Oakland


Keith Moon's ex-wife Kim marries former Small Faces member Ian McLagen at Wandsworth Register Office in South London. Keith's mother attends the wedding.


The Who play CNE Stadium in Toronto, Joe Jackson opens.


The Who play in Toronto


Pete crosses the political frontier, addressing a meeting of Young Conservatives at the Tory Party conference, pushing the Thatcher government to consider funding treatment centers for those addicted to heroin.


The Who bring their 25th Anniversary extravaganza to England for the third of four performances at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, this being scheduled after the shows on the 6th and 7th were sold out.


The Who play in Birmingham


Rhino Records releases a 4-CD set of recordings from the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival. It contains all of The Who's performance.
For more information be sure to visit
The Concert Guide

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