Pete Townshend celebrates his 72nd today. The legendary guitarist and songwriter began performing while still in secondary school in London, along with a friend by the name of John Entwistle. In the early sixties the two joined a band then known as The Detours led by a guitarist named Roger Daltrey. After a couple of further lineup changes, they had become a quartet, with Daltrey as lead vocalist, Entwistle on bass, a drummer named Keith Moon, and Townshend assuming the lead guitar role. They also had a new name—The Who.
In addition to playing lead guitar (he developed a distinctive “windmill” style for The Who’s stage shows), Townshend developed into a songwriter of considerable talents. By 1965 The Who had their first major successes in the UK, with their album My Generation and its title song. Two years later came their biggest hit in the US.