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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 perform at the Olympia Ballroom in Reading.Fabulous magazine runs an article on the High Numbers written by June Southworth. John's last name is given as Allison who “plays rhythm guitar.” That night journalist Virginia Reading accompanies Who manager Kit Lambert to the gig to witness Pete's guitar smashing and misses it while she is shmoozing with Kit in the adjoining bar! Pete later recalls this incident in the film The Kids Are Alright, saying Kit came up to him saying, “Pete we missed it! Do another! I'll pay for it.”,


The Who play in Stockholm


The Who play in Gothenburg


The Who play in Bath


The Who go into De Lane Lea Studios, London to record for BBC Radio One's show Top Gear. It is the first time the BBC allow any musical act to record for them outside the BBC's own studios. Alternate versions of “Pictures Of Lily” (Pete on organ), “I Can See For Miles,” (with heavy bass part), “Relax,” “Our Love Was,” (with Hawaiian guitar), “Can't Reach You,” “A Quick One While He's Away,” and “Someone's Coming” are recorded along with new tracks “Summertime Blues” and “My Way.” Also recorded are five jingles, two for Top Gear and three for Radio One using altered lyrics to “Happy Jack,” “Boris The Spider” and “My Generation.”


The Who begin their second Tommy tour of North America at the Commonwealth Armory in Boston, Massachusetts on the 10th. The Flock and Pacem open and the show is M.C.'d by local DJ J.J. Jackson


The Who play in Boston


Track records releases “See Me Feel Me” backed with “Overture From Tommy” in Britain. Despite its success in America, the single fails to chart in the U.K.
The Who played in Brighton


The Who play in Brighton


Scheduled rehearsals for the Quadrophenia stage show were to take place for the next three days at D Stage at Shepperton Studios. They might have been canceled due to Keith's need to be with his family during this time. Meanwhile 4-track backing tapes for additional instruments needed for the live Quadrophenia presentation are prepared at the Ronnie Lane Mobile Studio.


Roger flies to New York for the world premiere of Litzomania. He also appears in a pictorial in Playboy promoting the film. Most reviews of this bizarre treatment of the life of composer Franz Liszt focus on the style of director Ken Russell and almost all are scathing. Despite its rock star cast, the movie fails to follow the box office success of Russell's Tommy.


The Who play in Oakland


John's Too Late The Hero enters the U.S. charts. It peaks at #71 there becoming the only John solo record to hit the Top One Hundred in the U.S. Along with the LP, John also releases the single “Too Late The Hero” backed with “I'm Coming Back” in the U.K. In the U.S. “Dancing Master” is the flip side. A video for the song “Too Late The Hero” is also shot and appears on music television at this time.


The Who play The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey


The Who play in East Rutherford


The Who bring their 25th Anniversary extravaganza to England for the last of four performances at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham


The Who play in Birmingham


Roger attends the New York Music Awards.
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