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Shepherd's Bush, West London, United Kingdom (1964 – 1983, 1996 – present)

The Who are an English 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.

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  • Abomination317

    v tons of bands are better than Led Zeppelin

    2 Apr 8:08pm Reply
  • bunny-smith

    better than led zeppelin

    31 Mar 10:30am Reply
  • jonatas_90

    Won't Get Fooled Again

    28 Mar 7:41pm Reply
  • aaron1591

    substitute my coke for gin

    26 Mar 11:08pm Reply
  • Redsaxer

    best rock band ever!!!

    20 Mar 12:44pm Reply
  • ixab_

    whenever I listen to the who I always think of CSI Miami :D

    18 Mar 9:26pm Reply
  • thompsonjohn

    I can never find a version of the album "A Quick One" that features the regular version of "Happy Jack", the one I have only features an acoustic version as a bonus track. From what I understand "A Quick One" was re-issued in the late 70's and "Happy Jack" came in the tracklisting as the final track after "A Quick One, While He's Away."

    16 Mar 4:07am Reply
  • OneToHeaven

    Baba O'Riley is classic!

    8 Mar 3:23pm Reply
  • closterka

    popularność tego zespołu chyba nigdy nie zmaleje... oni są ponadczasowi

    4 Mar 12:10pm Reply
  • Last__Exit

    Happy birthday, Mr. Daltrey!

    1 Mar 3:21am Reply
  • irinalisitsyna

    Happy b-day, Roger!

    28 Feb 8:46pm Reply
  • Kate_Ostin

    Шикарные ребята,Baba O`Riley улетная вещь,в их музыке всегда есть что то волшебное.Мун на своих палках превосходен.

    22 Feb 9:23pm Reply
  • irinalisitsyna

    Happy 50 Years! [2]

    20 Feb 7:57pm Reply
  • Lebowski10

    Happy 50 Years!

    19 Feb 1:08am Reply
  • shangoyal

    I think Bargain should be in the top 5.

    15 Feb 4:46pm Reply
  • usergay

    сорри туплю( не знал(

    14 Feb 10:03am Reply
  • irinalisitsyna

    ЧТО??? - пользователем usergay Выполняется скробблинг The Who – Behind Blue Eyes (Limp Bizkit Cover)

    6 Feb 11:44am Reply
  • 5c0rp10n

    fuck the beatles !!

    5 Feb 6:09pm Reply
  • Oriol1992

    Spotify messing up the tags...

    4 Feb 9:26pm Reply
  • Bastard1

    Каи уоц sее тне геды ме, kаи уа?

    3 Feb 9:36pm Reply
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