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“Baba O’Riley” by The Who- Song Facts and History

Have you ever wondered why The Who called the classic track "Baba O'Riley" instead of calling it "Teenage Wasteland"? The "Teenage Wasteland" section was a completely different song that Pete Townshend combined with his "Baba O'Riley" idea to form the song. That's why! We have other song facts and history on this classic track in tonight's Guitar Pic At Six.

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Top 10 Who Songs

Like many of their contemporaries, the Who adapted to the constantly evolving '60s music scene by expanding their scope and sound. They just did it better than almost everyone else. They started off combining Pete Townshend's guitar-powere

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Guitar Pic At Six- “Eminence Front” from The Who

Each weeknight at 6PM we dust off our old LP's and dig out something special with the Guitar Pic At Six. Tonight (3/18) we take a trip back to the year you were busy playing Pac Man, and also busy dropping quotes from E.T. We decided to take a trip back to 1982 and kick off this series with a classic track from The Who called "Eminence Front". This song was the sixth track on the group's 1982 studio album, It's Hard. We have the full story on that classic track here:

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Roger Daltrey Announced as Patron of Brighton Institute of Modern Music

He already had one of the most famous voices on the planet and a Commander's rank in the Order of the British Empire, and now Who vocalist Roger Daltrey can add "first-ever patron of the Brighton Institute of Modern Music" to his list of distinguished achievements.

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Pete Townshend Speaks of the ‘Hatred’ in the Who’s Early Days

So much of the Who's creative tension was the result of the fact that its members didn't particularly like each other. None of that is really any secret, but in a new interview, guitarist Pete Townshend discussed how they managed to work together despite all the animosity.

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The Who’s Pete Townshend Apologizes To Seven-Year Old

The Who's Pete Townshend has apologized for his onstage behavior in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where he mouthed an obscenity at a man who attended the show with his young daughter.

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Pete Townshend Curses Out Fan At Concert

The grandparents aren't alright. Throughout his career, Pete Townshend's famously profane mouth has often caused his admirers to smile, shake their heads and say, "That's just Pete being Pete." But now, it seems to have gotten him in trouble with a fan and his daughter.

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WhyHunger’s 27th Hungerthon Auction- Bid On Classic Rock Guitars And Other Memorabilia

 

WhyHunger is a leader in the movement to end hunger and poverty around the world. They connect people to nutritious, affordable food. They inspire self-reliance and community empowerment. They need your help. Join in the fight to end hunger and make a difference in the lives of the 50 million Americans and one billion people worldwide for whom hunger is an everyday reality. For the 27th Annual Hungerthon Auction you could walk home with signed classic rock guitars, and other memorabilia as well. 

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Former The Who Manager Chris Stamp Dead at 70

Chris Stamp, who co-managed the Who during their rise to rock stardom and released the Jimi Hendrix Experience's first single and album via his Track Records label, has died of cancer at age 70.

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The Who Reign O’er Brooklyn With ‘Quadrophenia’ Show – Concert Review

The Who made their way into New York's famed borough of Brooklyn last night (Nov. 14) to perform their classic album 'Quadrophenia' at the brand-new Barclays Center arena.

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Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and the Who on 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert Lineup

Eight A-list artists have been named as performers at the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy relief concert in New York City next month. Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and the Who are just three of the classic rock acts who've agreed to play the Madison Square Garden event. More are expected to be named in coming weeks.

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Simon Townshend Discusses ‘Looking Out, Looking in’ Solo Album + Touring With The Who

It's easy to say that guitarist Simon Townshend has spent his whole career making music in the shadows of his brother, Pete Townshend of the Who. Talking with Townshend though, it’s clear that having a famous brother hasn't hindered him one iota with what he’s sought to achieve through his own musical path of songwriting. Simon’s output has taken influence naturally from watching what Pete was doing with the Who, but also, like any other developing creative spirit, he took influence from the music which was all around him.

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