Chart Position: 9

  • #258 on Rolling Stone magazines list of 500 greatest songs
  • #162 on Pitchfork Medias 200 greatest songs of the sixties
  • Written by Pete Townshend
  • Lead vocals: Roger Daltrey
  • Guitar: Pete Townshend
  • Backing vocals: Pete Townshend, Keith Moon, John Entwhistle
  • Keyboards: Pete Townshend, Al Kooper
  • Produced by Kit Lambert
  • Recorded in London U.K. (instruments) and New York City NY (vocals and overdubs)
  • Despite breakout Top Ten success in the U.S., the single did not sell well in the U.K.
  • This is The Who’s biggest U.S. hit single
  • A review of  a Who concert and this song supposedly inspired Paul McCartney to write The Beatles’ ‘Helter Skelter’ (1968)
  • Keith Moon’s drum set exploded (intentionally) when The Who appeared on the CBS-TV Smothers Brothers variety show in 1967
  • The 1967 LP The Who Sell Out was one of the very first concept albums
  • Later recorded by Amazing Dancing Band (1967), Gordon Beck (1967), Lord Sitar (1968), Tina Turner (1975), Hyperhead (1994), Slink Moss & Flying Aces (1997), Petra Haden (2005) and Styx (2005)

 

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