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The Who

Rock Group formed in London in 1964. Developed stage antics of destroying their instruments. 1969 rock opera album "Tommy" became a film in 1975. Induscted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

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  • Jan 18, 2010
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In the pantheon of great British rock bands, the Who probably rate third in the so-called Holy Trinity, right below the Beatles and the Stones. Unlike those two groups, however, the Who were part of what has been termed the second wave of the British Invasion. In fact, the band didn't even form until 1964, releasing its first single ("I'm The Face") that same year--and they didn't score a British hit until they recorded "I Can't Explain" and the anthemic "My Generation" the following year. Soon thereafter, they released a quickly-recorded debut LP, which wasn't released in the U.S. until 1966. (As a matter of fact, Who leader Pete Townshend has frequently credited the first-wave British Invasion band the Kinks with being his initial influence for composing "I Can't Explain," while "The Kids Are Alright" would be unthinkable without the influence of the Beatles and their Merseybeat sound.)

It took the band a long time to break in this country--their earliest singles only received minimal airplay (they spent one early tour opening for Herman's Hermits!), and they made their first big splash in the States via the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, where they gave Hendrix a run for his money in the live excitement department. It was Tommy, however, arguably the first rock opera (though the Kinks and Pretty Things might debate that point) that brought them mega-success in the U.S. A subsequent legendary gig at Woodstock (featured in...

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