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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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  • elf-culture

    I luv them

    15 Oct 6:08pm Reply
  • John__Lemon

    Be lucky is so good!!

    11 Oct 9:33am Reply
  • ZombieKern

    The Who's the most excellent band! :D Listening to most of the songs including 'Love Reign O'er Me', 'Pinball Wizard' and 'The Kids Are Alright' (I can't put it more of songs I like by The Who, they're way too good!). I think that Quadrophenia is a good album. :)

    8 Oct 8:44am Reply
  • TWoodo

    I've never listened to The Who

    29 Sep 10:37pm Reply
  • gokunirvana

    Awesome new song!

    28 Sep 8:37am Reply
  • igor_tcs

    Beee lucky! [2]

    27 Sep 7:07pm Reply
  • 68_rus

    Beee lucky!

    27 Sep 10:35am Reply
  • ovuervoqavtalmo

    I am Brazilian and i accept any friend request. I'm open to new artists and of various rhythms from all corners of the world. I always want to know more. Anyone with information is only pass that I accept and hear, and if you want, I also have a lot of good Brazilian music to display. Let's listen to music!

    18 Sep 1:37pm Reply
  • Phil_PorcoDio

    How is NOT ONE song from Quadrophenia in the charts? [2]

    16 Sep 4:00am Reply
  • Saralicious93

    the kings of concept albums

    6 Sep 8:55pm Reply
  • Lsm1995

    Who Are You? Who TF ARE YOU!

    31 Aug 6:59pm Reply
  • lparastream

    @damarsasiwilogo: yang lagu mana, gan? .-.

    14 Aug 2:47pm Reply
  • TheFooLiSTeNeR

    Legend

    8 Aug 7:51pm Reply
  • wkwkwkwkwk

    (y)

    6 Aug 12:25pm Reply
  • Bastard1

    Anyone listening to Won't Get Fooled Again on Spotify is an utter hypocrite.

    1 Aug 12:28am Reply
  • sls

    the what?

    24 Jul 6:42am Reply
  • gokunirvana

    I think it's pretty obvious that Baba O'Riley is the most listened Who track, knowing how much has been used in the media. What's really shocking is how the mistagged track surpass the right one.

    13 Jul 12:35am Reply
  • kanto_sho

    Baba most played, give me a break

    10 Jul 6:32am Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    nice

    28 Jun 3:31pm Reply
  • NZimmer_Zero

    The Ox eternally missed ;_;7

    27 Jun 7:05pm Reply
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