The Who

The Who

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The Who are an English rock band formed in Shepherd's Bush, West London, United Kingdom, in 1964. They grew to be considered one of the greatest, most influential, and awarded recording groups in the world. They are also famed for their prowess as a live band--being described as "possibly the greatest live band ever"--due to their energetic, tight, loud performances and smashing of instruments. The primary lineup was: Pete Townshend (lead guitar, vocals), Roger Daltrey (lead vocals, harmonica, percussion), John Entwistle (bass, vocals, french horn) and Keith Moon (drums, occasional vocals). More Info »

Top Albums

  • Greatest Hits
    Greatest Hits
  • Who's Next
    Who's Next
  • My Generation - The Very Best of The Who
    My Generation - The Very Best of The Who
  • Who Are You
    Who Are You
  • Live from Isle of Wight
    Live from Isle of Wight
  • Tommy
    Tommy
  • The Ultimate Collection (disc 1)
    The Ultimate Collection (disc 1)
  • Quadrophenia
    Quadrophenia
  • Who's Last
    Who's Last
  • Who's Greatest Hits
    Who's Greatest Hits
  • The Who Sell Out
    The Who Sell Out
  • The Who Sings My Generation
    The Who Sings My Generation
  • My Generation
    My Generation
  • Quadrophenia (disc 1)
    Quadrophenia (disc 1)
  • A Quick One
    A Quick One
  • The Ultimate Collection
    The Ultimate Collection
  • Thirty Years of Maximum R&B
    Thirty Years of Maximum R&B
  • The Who by Numbers
    The Who by Numbers
  • Then and Now
    Then and Now
  • It's Hard
    It's Hard
  • Live at Leeds
    Live at Leeds
  • Face Dances
    Face Dances
  • The Who - Ultimate Collection
    The Who - Ultimate Collection
  • Quadrophenia (disc 2)
    Quadrophenia (disc 2)
  • The Who- The Greatest Hits & More
    The Who- The Greatest Hits & More
  • BBC Sessions
    BBC Sessions
  • Endless Wire
    Endless Wire
  • Who's Better, Who's Best
    Who's Better, Who's Best
  • Odds & Sods
    Odds & Sods
  • Live Greatest Hits
    Live Greatest Hits
  • The Kids Are Alright
    The Kids Are Alright
  • Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy
    Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy
  • Sell Out
    Sell Out
  • Odds and Sods
    Odds and Sods
  • Then and Now (1964-2004)
    Then and Now (1964-2004)
  • Live at Hull
    Live at Hull
  • Who's Next (remastered)
    Who's Next (remastered)
  • The BBC Sessions
    The BBC Sessions
  • Live at The Isle of Wight Festival 1970
    Live at The Isle of Wight Festival 1970
  • Live At Leeds (Deluxe Edition)
    Live At Leeds (Deluxe Edition)
  • The Ultimate Collection (disc 2)
    The Ultimate Collection (disc 2)
  • Singles Box
    Singles Box
  • Who's Next (disc 1)
    Who's Next (disc 1)
  • 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of The Who
    20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of The Who
  • Live at the Royal Albert Hall
    Live at the Royal Albert Hall
  • Who's Next (Deluxe Edition)
    Who's Next (Deluxe Edition)
  • Magic Bus
    Magic Bus
  • The Kid's Are Alright
    The Kid's Are Alright

The Who. Artist Bio

The Who are an English rock band formed in Shepherd's Bush, West London, United Kingdom, in 1964. They grew to be considered one of the greatest, most influential, and awarded recording groups in the world. They are also famed for their prowess as a live band--being described as "possibly the greatest live band ever"--due to their energetic, tight, loud performances and smashing of instruments. The primary lineup was: Pete Townshend (lead guitar, vocals), Roger Daltrey (lead vocals, harmonica, percussion), John Entwistle (bass, vocals, french horn) and Keith Moon (drums, occasional vocals).

The Who rose to fame in the United Kingdom with a pioneering instrument destruction stage show, as well as a series of top ten hit singles (including the celebrated "My Generation") and top five albums, beginning in 1965 with their first single release "I Can't Explain". They first hit the top ten in the USA in 1967 with "I Can See for Miles". The 1969 release of Tommy was the first in a series of top five albums for the group in the USA, followed by Live at Leeds (1970), Who's Next (1971), Quadrophenia (1973), and Who Are You (1978). Live at Leeds is commonly cited as one of the albums that brought hard rock into the mainstream during the early 1970s.

A mere three weeks after the release of Who Are You, Keith Moon passed away from an overdose on 7 September 1978. Kenney Jones of Small Faces/Faces took over on drums after Moon's death. The band would release two more studio albums: the top five Face Dances (1981) and the top ten It's Hard (1982), before officially disbanding in 1983. They reformed on several occasions to perform at special events such as Live Aid and for reunion tours such as their 25th anniversary tour in 1989, and the Quadrophenia revival tours of 1996 and 1997.

In 2000, the three surviving original members began to discuss the possibility of recording an album of new material. These plans were delayed following the death of John Entwistle in 2002 from a cocaine-induced heart attack. However, subsequent to this, Pino Palladino became their touring bass player. Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey continue to perform and record as The Who; their latest studio album, Endless Wire (2006), reached the top ten in the USA and UK.

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