This guitar was used by Roger Daltrey when he was lead guitarist of The Detours. It was bought for Daltrey in 1962 by his father in the hope that he would return to his studies. In 1963, Daltrey decided to become the band’s lead vocalist making Pete Townshend lead guitarist. Daltrey later sold the guitar to Townshend on a series of ‘easy payments’.
The Who's 16-week residency at The Marquee, under the declaration ‘Maximum R&B’, in November 1964 placed them firmly on the R&B circuit.
Roger Daltrey, lead singer with The Who, gained a reputation in the 1960s and 1970s as a powerful vocalist and dynamic frontman. The Who’s stage act was highly energetic and Daltrey’s habit of swinging the microphone around by its cord on stage became a signature move. This fringed, suede outfit was worn during a performance at the groundbreaking Woodstock festival in America in 1969.
Townshend played, and smashed up, this guitar during a gig to celebrate the end of the filming of Tommy in 1974. It later featured on the cover of their 1981 Hooligans album. Pete Townshend became famous for his signature windmill arm action, which he copied off Keith Richards, and then smashing guitars and other equipment on stage. This enthusiasm for destruction was apparently ignited when he accidentally broke the neck off his guitar when it collided with a low roof at an early gig in Harrow.
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