May-19: Rock Icon Pete Townshend Turns 70

Rock Icon Pete Townshend Turns 70

Pete Townshend, the multi-instrumentalist, singer-songerwriter behind The Who turns 70 today.  Townshend is considered one of the Best Guitarists of all-time, ranking No. 3, 10 and 10 in Dave Marsh’s,’s and Rolling Stone’s list of greatest guitarists respectively.

From Wikipedia: The Who are a. . . considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, selling over 100 million records worldwide and establishing their reputation equally on live shows and studio work. The Who’s major contributions to rock music include the development of the Marshall stack, large PA systems, use of the synthesizer, Entwistle and Moon’s lead playing styles, and the development of the rock opera. They are cited as an influence by several hard rock, punk rock and mod bands, and their songs still receive regular exposure.

The Who is in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and ranked #4 among inductees behind Elvis, the Beatles and The Rolling Stones.  One of the greatest concerts I have ever seen, was The Who at the Capital Centre in 1982.

Townshend’s discography includes Who classics such as:




And his own solo works:

Townshend, who once wrote “hope I die before I get old,” celebrated this special day by releasing a new single, “Guantanamo”.  Its his first release since 1993.


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