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The Who Biography

The Who currently encloses members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. Past members are John Entwistle, Doug Sandom, Keith Moon, and Kenney Jones.

Early Years

At its beginning, the band was founded by Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and John Entwistle. Their original name was The Detours. After changing their name to The Who, they suffered an image, following the advice of their newly chosen manager Peter Meaden.

Peter was soon to be replaced by Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp. The Who’s first records were released through Brunswick Records. They released the debut studio album My Generation in 1965, with a self-titled lead single.

Their second album A Quick One (1966) peaked at number four in the UK Charts. The Who performed at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1966. After their show, Hendrix followed on stage. The next album was titled The Who Sell Out (1967).

The Legends

With their album Tommy (1969), The Who told the story of a blind, dumb and deaf boy. The band played at Woodstock Festival and at Isle of Wight Festival. By the 1970s, they were one of the most famous and successful rock bands.

The album Who’s Next (1971) peaked at number one in the UK and number four in the US. By the year 1980, they released albums like Quadrophenia (1973) and Who Are You (1978).

After Deaths

In 1978 band member Keith Moon died. He was replaced by Kenney Jones who took part in the albums Face Dances (1981) and It’s Hard (1982). The Who broke up after their farewell tour, that ended on 17 December 1982. After a reunion in 1985, they got back together for an anniversary tour, celebrating 25 years.

John Entwistle’s death was a tragic event. Time passing, with some new musicians, the band issued the album Endless Wire in 2006. Several tours and gigs followed up.

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