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The Who – Biography
Formed in 1964, The Who is an English rock band whose members included Roger Daltrey (lead vocals, harmonica and guitar), Pete Townshend (guitar, keyboards and vocals), John Entwistle (bass guitar, brass and vocals) and Keith Moon (drums and percussion).
In January 1965, The Who released their first hit “I Can’t Explain” which became a top 10 hit in the UK. Following this initial success, their debut album, My Generation was released at the end of the same year. Other albums came in quick succession and throughout their career, The Who sold about 100 million records, have charted 27 top forty singles in the United Kingdom and United States, as well as 17 top ten albums, with 18 Gold, 12 Platinum and 5 Multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone.
An unfortunate event happened in 1978 when Moon died. He was only 32. Following his death, the band released two more studio albums in 1981 the UK and US top five Face Dances and the US top ten It’s Hard in 1982, with drummer Kenney Jones. The Who officially disbanded in 1983.
The Who though not officially together did a few re-unions at events such as Live Aid and did tours such as their 25th anniversary tour in 1989 and the Quadrophenia tours of 1996 and 1997.
The Who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Time magazine wrote in 1979
“No other group has ever pushed rock so far, or asked so much from it.”
Rolling Stone magazine credited them with
“Along with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, The Who complete the holy trinity of British rock.”