Cliff Townshend

Cliff Townshend

Jazz Musician + Peer + Guitarist
Born Jan 28, 1917
Died Jun 29, 1986
Genres Jazz
Instruments Clarinet + Saxophone
Performed With The Squadronaires

Clifford Blandford Townshend was an English jazz musician noted for playing the saxophone in The Royal Air Force Dance Orchestra, popularly known as The Squadronaires. He was described by acquaintances as a quiet man with a wry sense of humor. He also played clarinet in the band and was respected by his peers as a talented and accomplished musician. His eldest son, Pete, gained renown as guitarist and principal composer for the seminal rock band The Who.… Read More

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  • Horace Townshend
    Horace Townshend
  • Dorothy Blandford
    Dorothy Blandford



Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Cliff Townshend.


1916 Birth Cliff Townshend was born to Dorothy (née Blandford) and Horace Townshend on 28 January 1916. … Read More


1944 28 Years Old They were married 16 April 1944 in Pontypool, South Wales, where they were stationed. … Read More


1952 36 Years Old In 1952, The Squadronaires began a regular summer engagement at The Palace Ballroom in Douglas, Isle of Man which continued for about ten years.


1956 40 Years Old In 1956, Cliff Townshend released a solo recording of “Unchained Melody” which made him something of a pop star, and royalties from the record were welcome.
1957 41 Years Old Cliff and Betty Townshend’s second son Paul Townshend was born in 1957, and the family moved to a larger flat in Ealing Common. … Read More
1960 44 Years Old The couple’s third son, Simon Townshend, was born 10 October 1960. … Read More
1964 48 Years Old Cliff Townshend was represented in the US by Capitol-EMI, which reported sales of 358 records in 1964.


1986 70 Years Old Died on June 29, 1986.
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