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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


The High Numbers play the Trade Union Hall in Watford


The Who finish the LP with two takes of “My Generation,” the fourth time The Who had attempted to record it, and “The Kids Are Alright.” Also recorded on this date or the previous one is the still unreleased “Instant Party,” a different song from the versions of “Circles” later released under that title.


Keith appears for the group on the debut show of IBC's New Releases. He introduces a segment filmed in Scotland the week before showing The Who cavorting around a stream. The film is accompanied by the new Who single “I Can See For Miles.”


The Who play in Leeds


Sessions begin at Olympic Studios, London for the soundtrack of the movie That'll Be The Day. Pete and Keith both play on the soundtrack along with Billy Fury, Ron Wood, Graham Bond, and John Hawken. Tracks ultimately released on the double LP include “A Thousand Stars,” “That's All Right, Mama,” “Get Yourself Together,” “What Did I Say” and a cover of The Who's “Long Live Rock.”


The Who play in Portland


The Who play Shea Stadium in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York


MCA sends radio stations a six-track promotional CD from the forthcoming Who's Better Who's Best called Bet You Can't Pick Just One.


Roger and John perform “Daltrey Sings Townshend” in Palm Springs, California


The Who play in Portland


The Ford Motor Company in the U.S. begins using The Who's original recording of “I Can't Explain” in a commercial for the Ford Taurus.


Pete reposts his diary entry “A Different Bomb” about his personal investigation into Internet child pornography. He had intended to take down the entry but, “ I just heard that another young woman who Double-O had put into treatment for depression and anxiety related to sexual abuse at the age of 8, had started drinking again. Sometimes this all feels so bloody futile. But I am determined to do my bit.”,
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