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The Who

Formed February 1964.
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Roger Daltrey chats to Steve Wright

Roger talks about his new album with Wilko Johnson and life in The Who.

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Biography

The Who are an English rock band formed in 1964. Their best known line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon. For much of their career they have been regarded as one of the three most important British rock acts along with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and one of the world's best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 100 million records.

The Who developed from an earlier group, the Detours, before stabilising around a line-up of Daltrey, Townshend, Entwistle and Moon. After releasing a single as the High Numbers, the group established themselves as part of the mod movement and featured auto-destructive art by destroying guitars and drums onstage. They achieved recognition in the UK after their first single as the Who, "I Can't Explain", reached the top ten. A string of hit singles followed, including "My Generation", "Substitute" and "Happy Jack". Although initially regarded as a singles act, they also found success with the albums My Generation and A Quick One. In 1967, they achieved success in the US after performing at the Monterey Pop Festival, and with the top ten single "I Can See for Miles". They released The Who Sell Out at the end of the year, and spent much of 1968 touring the US.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Quadrophenia: Deluxe Edition

    Quadrophenia: Deluxe Edition 2011

    Reviewed by Ian Winwood
    Pete Townshend’s personal high-water-mark revisited in glorious detail.
  2. Review of A Quick One

    A Quick One 2003

    Reviewed by Rob Webb
    Above all, this is a fascinating glimpse into a time when pop bands were given free...
  3. Review of Tommy (SACD)

    Tommy (SACD) 2003

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Tommy's vague plotline of childhood trauma, spiritual chicanery and redemption to this...
  4. Review of Quadrophenia

    Quadrophenia 1973

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Everything great about the Who is contained herein.
  5. Review of Who's Next

    Who's Next 1971

    Reviewed by Chris Roberts
    An album that nailed the bleeding heart of protest-pop.
  6. Review of Live At Leeds

    Live At Leeds 1970

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Rolling Stone hailed it as the best ever live album, and they may still be right…
  7. Review of The Who Sell Out

    The Who Sell Out 1967

    Reviewed by Sid Smith
    ...pretty tame by The Who’s standards, and lacking stylistic coherence.
  8. Review of My Generation

    My Generation

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    ...it still sounds like one of the most vital and important reasons to love rock 'n'...
  9. Review of The Ultimate Collection

    The Ultimate Collection

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Their greatest moment? When Daltrey screams at the end of ''Won't Get Fooled Again''?...
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