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The Who

Band
1964 February / Present
Great Britain Great Britain

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Band The Who

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History

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, performing at Live Aid in 1985, and for their 25th anniversary tour (featuring most of Tommy) in 1989, as well as the Quadrophenia revival tour of 1996 and 1997.

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Members

Pete Townshend (synthesizer, lead vocals, keyboard, guitar)
1964 February - Present
Roger Daltrey (percussion, lead vocals, harmonica, guitar)
1964 February - Present
John "Rabbit" Bundrick (keyboard)
1978 - 2010
John Entwistle (trumpet, synthesizer, lead vocals, keyboard, French horn, bass guitar)
1963 - 2001
Kenney Jones (drums)
1977 - 1984
Keith Moon (drums)
1963 - 1977

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Discography

Studio Album

1965
Album has 18 releases
1966
Album has 16 releases
1967
Album has 15 releases
1968
Album has 36 releases
1971
Album has 30 releases
1972
Album has 20 releases
1974
Album has 12 releases
1978
Album has 12 releases
1980
Album has 10 releases
1981
Album has 12 releases
2006
Album has 7 releases

Single

1964
Album has 12 releases
1965
Album has 2 releases
1966
Album has 3 releases
1966
Album has 2 releases
1970
Album has 1 releases
1973
Album has 1 releases
1977
Album has 1 releases
1978
Album has 3 releases
1979
Album has 1 releases
1980
Album has 1 releases
1989
Album has 1 releases
2006
Album has 1 releases
2014
Album has 4 releases

EP

1966
Album has 1 releases
2016
Album has 1 releases
2017
Album has 1 releases