It’s Roger Daltrey’s Birthday Today

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(Photo by C Flanigan/WireImage)

(Photo by C Flanigan/WireImage)

Jack FM would like to wish [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Who[/lastfm]’s [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Roger Daltrey[/lastfm] a very happy birthday today!

And to celebrate, we’re going to smash some guitars and blow up a drum kit!

How very rock n’ roll of us.

They’ve been called the world’s greatest rock band.

Formed in London in 1964, The Who became international superstars in the early ’70s on the strength of such albums as Tommy, Who’s Next and Quadrophenia.  Each was a critical and commercial success, selling well over a million copies and peaking in the Top 5 on the Billboard 200.  Singles like “I Can See for Miles,” “Pinball Wizard,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “Behind Blue Eyes” and “Love Reign O’er Me” dominated not only the charts, but the airwaves as well.

In October 1975, The Who released their seventh studio album, The Who By Numbers.  Because of its dark, introspective lyrics, many critics and fans jokingly considered The Who By Numbers to be guitarist [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Pete Townshend[/lastfm]’s “suicide note.”  But the heaviness of the album was lightened by the playfulness of the single “Squeeze Box,” which is Jack’s Song of the Day.  Written by Townshend and filled with sexual innuendos, “Squeeze Box” was a worldwide hit.  It landed at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also topped the charts in both Canada and Australia.

Following an international tour in which records were set for the loudest and largest indoor concerts, The Who released the double-platinum Who Are You in August 1978.  It would be the band’s last album with drummer [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Keith Moon[/lastfm], who died of a sedative overdose a month later.

With [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kenney Jones[/lastfm] as their new drummer, The Who released two more albums, Face Dances and It’s Hard, before Pete Townshend quit the band in ’83 after failing to come up with material for a new album.

The Who have since reunited.  In 2006, they released Endless Wire, their first studio album in nearly 25 years.  It marked the band’s return to the charts, debuting in the Top 10 in both the U.S. and U.K.

Check out The Who performing “Pinball Wizard” at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival.  Who came up with that festival name?  Elmer Fudd?

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