Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend



Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (born 19 May 1945) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead guitarist, backing vocalist, and principal songwriter for the rock band the Who. His career with the Who spans over 50 years, during which time the band grew to be considered one of the most influential bands of the 20th century.[2][3]

Townshend is the main songwriter for the Who, having written well over 100 songs for the band's 11 studio albums, including concept albums and the rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia, plus popular rock radio staples such as Who's Next, and dozens more that appeared as non-album singles, bonus tracks on reissues, and tracks on rarities compilations such as Odds & Sods (1974). He has also written more than 100 songs that have appeared on his solo albums, as well as radio jingles and television theme songs. Although known primarily as a guitarist, he also plays keyboards, banjo, accordion, harmonica, ukulele, mandolin, violin, synthesiser, bass guitar, and drums, on his own solo albums, several Who albums and as a guest contributor to an array of other artists' recordings. He is self-taught on all of the instruments he plays and has never had any formal training.

Townshend has also contributed to and authored many newspaper and magazine articles, book reviews, essays, books, and scripts, and he has collaborated as a lyricist and composer for many other musical acts. Due to his aggressive playing style and innovative songwriting techniques, Townshend's works with the Who and in other projects have earned him critical acclaim. He was ranked No. 3 in Dave Marsh's list of Best Guitarists in The New Book of Rock Lists,[4] No. 10 in's list of the top 50 guitarists,[5] and No. 10 again in Rolling Stone magazine's updated 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.[6] In 1983, Townshend received the Brit Award for Lifetime Achievement, in 1990 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Who, in 2001 received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award as a member of the Who, and in 2008 received Kennedy Center Honors. He and Daltrey received The George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement at UCLA on 21 May 2016.[7][8]



Baba O'Riley
Baba O'Riley is a song by musical artist Pete Townshend, released on March 9, 2018.
The Who
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Tommy is a 1975 British musical fantasy drama film based upon The Who's 1969 rock opera album Tommy about a seemingly disabled boy who becomes a religious pinball champion.
The Who's Tommy
The Who's Tommy is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Pete Townshend and book by Townshend and Des McAnuff, based on The Who's 1969 rock opera Tommy.

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News Articles24

Roger Daltrey Previews New LP With Soul-Rock Cover 'As Long as I Have You'
  –  March 15, 2018
Daltrey's LP is due out June 1st. Before "Who Cares About the Next Generation" concert, singer looks back at Sixties shows and ahead to post-tour life "This is a return to the very beginning, to the time before Pete [Townshend] started writing our songs ...
Roger Daltrey announces new solo LP As Long As I Have You
  –  March 15, 2018
The Who frontman has unveiled his first solo record since 1992's 'Rocks in the Head', which features his bandmate Pete Townshend, and will be released on June 1 on Polydor Records. Before The Who's debut single 'I Can't Explain' shot to the top of the ...
Roger Daltrey Announces New Solo Album
  –  March 15, 2018
The record, produced by Dave Eringa, will feature the singer’s Who bandmate Pete Townshend on seven tracks and have a tracklist that includes both originals by Daltrey and covers. “This is a return to the very beginning, to the time before Pete started ...
The Who's Roger Daltrey Announces New Solo Album
  –  March 15, 2018
The album was produced by Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers), and it also features Who bandmate Pete Townshend, who plays guitars on seven of the LP's tracks. There's also guest spots by Mick Talbot and Sean Genockey. Along with a series of new original ...
Roger Daltrey – “As Long As I Have You”
  –  March 15, 2018
Though the album is indeed a Daltrey endeavor, seven of the songs also feature his longtime accomplice Pete Townshend on guitar. So it’s almost like new music from the Who, but the music therein isn’t exactly what you might immediately associate with ...
Roger Daltrey Announced His First Solo Album In 26 Years, ‘As Long As I Have You’
  –  March 15, 2018
Though it’s billed as a solo album, Daltrey’s Who bandmate Pete Townshend actually contributed guitar parts to seven different tracks. “This is a return to the very beginning, to the time before Pete [Townshend] started writing our songs, to a time ...
Roger Daltrey announces new album, As Long As I Have You, shares rollicking title track: Stream
  –  March 15, 2018
Produced by Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers), the 11-track album will feature Daltrey’s Who guitarist Pete Townshend on seven of the tracks. Other guests include keyboardist Mick Talbot of Dexys Midnight Runners and Suede’s Sean Genockey on guitar.
THE WHO Frontman ROGER DALTREY To Release 'As Long As I Have You' Album In June
  –  March 15, 2018
"As Long As I Have You" was produced by Dave Eringa, best known for his work with the MANIC STREET PREACHERS and on Roger and Wilko Johnson's album "Going Back Home", and features Pete Townshend's inimitable guitar on seven tracks as well as guest ...
Roger Daltrey Announces ‘As Long as I Have You’ Album
  –  March 15, 2018
"This is a return to the very beginning, to the time before Pete [Townshend] started writing our songs to a time when we were a teenage band playing soul music to small crowds in church halls," Daltrey said in a statement. "That’s what we were ...
Who Frontman Roger Daltrey Announces New Album, ‘As Long As I Have You’, With Guest Pete Townshend
  –  March 15, 2018
Legendary Who frontman Roger Daltrey returns on 1 June with a brand new studio album As Long As I Have You, released by Polydor Records. As Long As I Have You was produced by Dave Eringa, best known for his work with the Manic Street Preachers and on ...
Roger Daltrey Announces New Album & Shares Title Track
  –  March 15, 2018
The 11-track LP was produced by Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers/Daltrey & Johnson) and features Daltrey’s Who band mate Pete Townshend contributing guitar to seven of songs. Roger Daltrey describes As Long As I Have You as a soul album in a statement ...
Roger Daltrey announces solo album As Long As I Have You - listen to title track
  –  March 15, 2018
The Who’s Roger Daltrey will release his solo album As Long As I Have You this summer - features guest appearance from Pete Townshend Roger Daltrey has announced that he’ll release a solo album later this year. It’s titled As Long As I Have You and ...
Roger Daltrey brand new studio album ‘As Long As I Have You’
  –  March 15, 2018
Roger Daltrey on ‘As Long As I Have You’ “This is a return to the very beginning, to the time before Pete [Townshend] started writing our songs, to a time when we were a teenage band playing soul music to small crowds in church halls. That's what we ...
The Who's Roger Daltrey Advises Fans To Wear Earplugs
  –  March 15, 2018
( The Who's frontman Roger Daltrey told an audience at recent concert that he want them to wear earplugs so they do not suffer the same fate as him and his bandmater Pete Townshend . "I am very, very deaf. I advise you all - all you rock-and-roll ...
From NIN to Floyd: Between the Buried and Me Pick 10 Greatest Concept Albums
  –  March 14, 2018
#rockopera." Ten months later, the quintet released Coma Ecliptic, a lavish concept LP with a storyline dense enough to make Pete Townshend blush. The band structured the album, their seventh, like a prog-metal Twilight Zone, with each song tracing a ...
Roger Daltrey confesses he's 'very deaf'
  –  March 14, 2018
He added: "I am lucky to be doing what I do - so thank you." Daltrey and his bandmate Pete Townshend have both suffered with hearing problems over the years, with the 'Won't Get Fooled Again' singer claiming the band's guitarist "wears two hearing aids ...
Nick in the AM: 50 years ago, The Who wreaked havoc at Expo Gardens
  –  March 12, 2018
The legendary rock band The Who was formed 54 years ago. Its two main members, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, are 74 and 72, respectively, and still performing, albeit not necessarily with the vim and vigor they had decades ago. The other two Who cogs ...
The Who’s Roger Daltrey sings praises of teen-cancer charity
  –  March 12, 2018
Daltrey and fellow Who co-founder Pete Townshend have expanded the cuvee’s scope by donating proceeds of its sales to Teen Cancer America (bottles cost $128; go to for info). The champagne is distributed exclusively by Southern Glazer ...
Jimmy LaFave photography exhibit opening, final recordings to be released this year
  –  March 11, 2018
and songs by such diverse songwriters as Chuck Berry ("The Promised Land"), Pete Townshend ("Let My Love Open The Door"), Robbie Robertson ("It Makes No Difference"), Butch Hancock, Oklahomans Leon Russell and J.J. Cale, and others. His photography will ...
Cleveland Connects: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame forum will highlight museum's impact on the city
  –  March 9, 2018
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Construction on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum began with great fanfare 25 years ago, with Chuck Berry, Billy Joel and Pete Townshend among the VIPs gathered for the groundbreaking in Cleveland. And yet, the $84 million project ...
5 Minutes With Paul Simonon, the Legendary Bass Player of the Clash
  –  March 9, 2018
I didn’t want that job—I wanted Pete Townshend’s job! I wanted to be the one up front who jumps up and down and throws his arms around. But somebody once said that when they saw the Clash play, it was like watching three Eddie Cochrans onstage—so ...
Roger Daltrey on The Who, Rocking Vegas and Daring to Be Different
  –  March 6, 2018
“I’ve been with Pete [Townshend] so long now there’s kind of telepathy between us,” he says. The Vegas gigs will showcase an engaging cross-section of Daltrey’s work. “I’m trying to explore some of the songs The Who never ever did onstag
Caroline Rose, Escaping Americana
  –  March 5, 2018
Dizzying synths yield to familiar surf-guitar riffs on the track “Bikini,” creating a sound that one would expect from the Beach Boys if Pete Townshend replaced Brian Wilson at the helm. Other tracks, like “Jeanie Becomes a Mom” and “More of the ...
Rock Music Menu: Expanded release of Pete Townshend solo debut coming
  –  March 1, 2018
It’s been announced that ‘Who Came First,’ the debut solo record by Pete Townshend, is getting the expanded edition reissue treatment next month, April 20, to celebrate it’s 45th anniversary. The guitarist and primary songwriter for The Who ...


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