Roger Daltrey

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Roger Harry Daltrey
March 1, 1944
East Acton, London, England

Roger Daltrey is a singer/actor and is the founder and lead singer of The Who. 

Roger was born in London during the heart of World War II. His father fought in the war. Daltrey was a good student but of course was a rebel and preferred Rock n Roll. He was eventaully expelled for smoking in the boys room. 

Daltrey whittled his first guitar out of a slab of beachwood. It was a cherry red Stratocaster replica. He then joined a skiffle group "The New Originals". 

Yada, yada, Keith Moon, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, "The High Numbers" become The Who. Roger rules the band with an iron fist, Kit Lambert becomes the manager, the rest is history.  

With the band's first hit single ("I Can't Explain") and record deal in early 1965, Townshend began writing original material and Daltrey's dominance of the band began to decrease.

The other members of the Who expelled Daltrey from the band in late 1965 after he beat up their drummer Keith Moon for supplying illegal drugs to Townshend and Entwistle, causing him to re-examine his methods of dealing with people. A week later, Daltrey was admitted back to the band, but was told he'd be on probation. He promised that there would be no more violent outbursts or assaults. Daltrey recalled, "I thought if I lost the band I was dead. If I didn't stick with the Who, I would be a sheet metal worker for the rest of my life."
The band's second single, "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere", was the only song on which Daltrey and Townshend collaborated, and Daltrey wrote only two other songs for the band during these years. As Townshend developed into one of rock's most accomplished composers, Daltrey's vocals became the vehicle through which Townshend's visions were expressed. Daltrey gained an equally vaunted reputation as a powerful singer and riveting front-man. The Who's stage act was highly energetic, and Daltrey's habit of swinging the microphone around by its cord on stage became his signature move.

"Substitute", "I Can See For Miles", "Magic Bus", "Happy Jack", "Pictures of Lilly" made The Who one of the biggest bands of the British Invasion. "My Generation" captured the revolutionary feeling of the 1960s for many young people around the world and became the band's trademark. Daltrey's stuttering brilliantly symbolized the youthful anger and frustration of the times. 

The Rock Opera "Tommy" was another defining moment in the band's history, elevating The Who to a new level. 

The Who played Monterey, Leeds, Woodstock, The Rolling Stones Rock n Roll Circus and became one of the greatest bands in the world. In the 1970's they produced masterpiece after masterpiece. "Who's Next", "Quadrophenia", "Who By Numbers" and "Who Are You". 

Daltrey released some great solo works and acted in many movies and TV shows. "Daltrey", "Ride a Rock Horse", "One of the Boys", "McVicar", "Under a Raging Moon" and many more! Don't forget the movie "Tommy" with Ann Margret!

Daltrey is considered by many to be one of the greatest vocalist and frontmen in the business. The Who created some of the greatest songs ever recorded. "Won't Get Fooled Again", "Baba ORiley", "The Real Me", "Love Reign Oer Me", "Squeeze Box", "Behind Blue Eyes", "Long Live Rock", "Pinball Wizard" and so many more. The soundtrack to our lives. 

Keith Moon died in 1978 and John Entwistle died in 2002. Today Pete and Roger tour solo and together as The Who!

Happy Birthday Roger Daltrey! Thank You for the music Sir!

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