The Who – Photo of The Week
Who are these impressionable guys in this week’s photo? While it’s just an ordinary stock photo of the band The Who, it represents a time when the band is taking off and really making a name for themselves.
The Who originally forms as the Detours in late 1962 when guitarist Roger Daltrey joins bassist John Entwistle and guitarist Pete Townshend, who used to play in a Dixieland band as teenagers, plus drummer Doug Sandom and vocalist Colin Dawson. After Dawson’s departure Roger Daltrey takes over of the vocal parts.
During the early 60’s the Detours are one of the first bands of the British rhythm & blues scene. In 1964 the band changes its name to the Who, by suggestion of Pete Townshend’s school friend Richard Barnes, after finding out another band is using the same name. On April 1964 Doug Sandom is invited to leave the band to be replaced by Keith Moon, who did an audition with the band and got the job after smashing Doug Sandom’s foot pedal.
Why am I mentioning the Marquee? Well, it’s a chain of events that happen in 1965 that makes rock history. They start performing together as The Who around the same time and since it’s a stock photo, why not include some history to boot?
The Who – Smokestack Lightning – Live at the Marquee – March 16, 1965
It is a small and relatively cheap club, located in the heart of the music industry in London’s West End. It’s one of the best places to launch the careers of generations of rock acts. Also, a key venue for early performances by bands later achieving worldwide fame in the 1960s.
As well as remaining a venue for young bands in the following decades. Line-up members at the Marquee club: Roger Daltrey (vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar, vocals), John Entwistle (bass), Keith Moon (drums).
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