Happy birthday to guitarist, vocalist and songwriter with The Who, Pete Townshend, born today in 1945 in Chiswick, London.
After repeatedly watching the 1956 film Rock Around the Clock, 12 year-old Townshend was given his first guitar by his grandmother and discovered the sounds of Link Wray, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley and Hank Marvin of The Shadows.
Early Who hits in the 60’s including “I Can’t Explain”, “Pictures of Lily”, “Substitute”, and “My Generation” set them on the path to greater things. With the guitarist as the primary songwriter for The Who, Pete has written well over one hundred songs for the band’s eleven studio albums, including concept albums and the rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia.
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