Roger Daltrey
English singer%E2%80%93songwriter, musician, actor, film producer
Roger Daltrey
Roger Harry Daltrey, CBE, is an English singer, musician, songwriter and actor, best known as the founder and lead singer of English rock band The Who. He has maintained a musical career as a solo artist and has also worked in the film industry, acting in films, theatre and television roles and also producing films. In 2008 he was ranked number 61 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 greatest singers of all time.
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Family-Friendly Destination "Wonderama" is Back
Huffington Post - 3 months
New Yorkers Will Be Treated to a Sneak-Peak on PIX11 on Christmas Day, If you happen to be of a certain age, you are familiar with former Sunday morning staple "Wonderama," an unprecedented weekly interactive game show extravaganza where kids and tweens gathered en masse, often with their parents, for just plain fun and entertainment. No childhood at the time was complete without "Wonderama." Now, almost 40 years later, this slice of television history is back in a new one-hour syndicated version of "Wonderama" produced by Chuck Armstrong ("Community Auditions - Star of the Day") and anchored by the Tribune Broadcast Station Network. Hosted by David Osmond of the beloved Osmond clan, "Wonderama" debuts with a kickoff special exclusive to New York's PIX11 on Christmas Day, Dec. 25th. This new version will feature a new look; an emphasis on art, music, dance, television, film, sports, cooking and politics; celebrity guests like Tony Dovolani from "Dancing With the Stars," boxi ...
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Roger Daltrey Rocks The Samuel Waxman Dinner In NYC
Huffington Post - 3 months
The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation hosted its 19th Annual Collaborating for a Cure Benefit Dinner & Auction, posthumously honoring footwear industry icon Vince Camuto on Thursday, November 10th, 2016, at Cipriani Wall Street. The event marked the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation by oncologist Samuel Waxman MD, and introduced the SWCRF Vince Camuto Memorial Cancer Research Program in honor of Mr. Camuto, The evening was hosted by Chris Wragge, co-anchor of CBS 2 News This Morning, and raised approximately $2.5 million dollars. - Spotted - Roger Daltrey rocking the house and swinging his microphone just like he has for the past 50 years.. - Chris Wragge gushing about his beautiful baby boy Christian Price. - Designer John Varvatos discussing the importance of giving back. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for pers ...
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The Who: 50 and still fabulous in Anaheim
LATimes - 9 months
The Who was forced to postpone a big chunk of the band's 2015 tour, but the culprit wasn't one of the stereotypical rock 'n' roll reasons such as rehab, run-ins with the law or internal drama.  Instead, a very real-world case of viral meningitis took lead singer Roger Daltrey out of action for...
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Music's Fantastic 15 of 2015: Here's Wishing These Top Performers a Very Best Fest
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Put yourself in the mind of a music festival organizer. It might get somewhat cozy in there, considering how much wheeling and dealing goes on in that noggin year-round. Planning for the next year's event must begin as soon as this year's ends. Admittedly, I don't have the qualifications for that line of work, but we do share a passion for music. And while I prefer on my own time to listen and write about a fairly wide range of genres, including the various sub-genres of rock, pop, folk, Americana (whatever that is) and the blues, assembling this list of 15 favorite acts of 2015 gives me the chance to compile my own festival lineup -- in my brain at least. This personal collection is based on my own subjective guidelines, beginning with one essential requirement -- these folks must talk a good game as well as play one. So any musician I interviewed for an article that already has appeared online or in print this calendar year was in the running. (Sorry Kendrick Lamar and Taylor ...
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Bill Murray Got Taken Down A Peg By Andy Warhol At The Best Party He Ever Crashed
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In his Reddit AMA on Wednesday, longtime Hollywood insider Bill Murray shared some stories about the role that got away (in Peter Weir's "The Year of Living Dangerously"), working with Wes Anderson ("he loves to eat") and why he'd want to be on "Flavor of Love," Flavor Flav's short-lived reality series ("really nutty"). But this one story takes the cake. In the '70s, Murray wrote, he crashed an event "called the subway party," thrown for the premiere of "Tommy," a musical film starring Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed and The Who's Roger Daltrey. Murray explained: It was Gilda Radner, Belushi, Harold Ramis, Joe Flaherty, Brian Doyle Murray, and we were all plus 1, probably. It was biggest party ever in NYC at the time. You couldn't get into this party. It was an inner circle thing. It was at an enclosed subway stop, it was a roar. It was a scream. If you made an airport movie with everyone on the plane is a celebrity, it was like that times 10. We were doing a show in the restauran ...
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Bill Murray Got Taken Down A Peg By Andy Warhol At The Best Party He Ever Crashed
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In his Reddit AMA on Wednesday, longtime Hollywood insider Bill Murray shared some stories about the role that got away (in Peter Weir's "The Year of Living Dangerously"), working with Wes Anderson ("he loves to eat") and why he'd want to be on "Flavor of Love," Flavor Flav's short-lived reality series ("really nutty"). But this one story takes the cake. In the '70s, Murray wrote, he crashed an event "called the subway party," thrown for the premiere of "Tommy," a musical film starring Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed and The Who's Roger Daltrey. Murray explained: It was Gilda Radner, Belushi, Harold Ramis, Joe Flaherty, Brian Doyle Murray, and we were all plus 1, probably. It was biggest party ever in NYC at the time. You couldn't get into this party. It was an inner circle thing. It was at an enclosed subway stop, it was a roar. It was a scream. If you made an airport movie with everyone on the plane is a celebrity, it was like that times 10. We were doing a show in the restauran ...
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Bill Murray Got Taken Down A Peg By Andy Warhol At The Best Party He Ever Crashed
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In his Reddit AMA on Wednesday, longtime Hollywood insider Bill Murray shared some stories about the role that got away (in Peter Weir's "The Year of Living Dangerously"), working with Wes Anderson ("he loves to eat") and why he'd want to be on "Flavor of Love," Flavor Flav's short-lived reality series ("really nutty"). But this one story takes the cake. In the '70s, Murray wrote, he crashed an event "called the subway party," thrown for the premiere of "Tommy," a musical film starring Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed and The Who's Roger Daltrey. Murray explained: It was Gilda Radner, Belushi, Harold Ramis, Joe Flaherty, Brian Doyle Murray, and we were all plus 1, probably. It was biggest party ever in NYC at the time. You couldn't get into this party. It was an inner circle thing. It was at an enclosed subway stop, it was a roar. It was a scream. If you made an airport movie with everyone on the plane is a celebrity, it was like that times 10. We were doing a show in the restauran ...
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Review: The Who sell out, fall short
Chicago Times - almost 2 years
The Who came out swinging Wednesday at a near-capacity Allstate Arena, stuffing a career's worth of classic moves into its opening song, "I Can't Explain." Frontman Roger Daltrey viewed the microphone cord as a lariat, whipping it around with lethal menace. Guitarist Pete Townshend treated his...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Roger Daltrey
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  • 2016
    Age 71
    He and Pete Townshend received The George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement at UCLA on 21 May 2016.
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  • 2015
    Age 70
    Daltrey has received numerous awards for his music, including Best Blues Album in the British Blues Awards 2015 alongside Wilko Johnson.
    More Details Hide Details Daltrey has supported many charities both as a solo artist, and jointly with other members of the Who. In 1976, he performed at the Celtic Football Ground in Glasgow. An audience of 35,000 attended and a sum of over £100,000 was donated to charity. He sang a cover version of Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" for a charity single released as McEnroe & Cash with the Full Metal Rackets for Rock Aid Armenia in 1986, and performed with the Who at Concert for Kampuchea in 1979, and Live Aid in 1985. Daltrey appeared in The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True in 1995 for the Children's Defense Fund, and at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert to benefit AIDS research in 1992. Daltrey's 1994 Celebration raised funds to support Babies and Children's Hospital in New York City, as well.
    In 2015, Daltrey recorded a cover version of Pete Townshend's song "Let My Love Open the Door" for Teen Cancer America adverts.
    More Details Hide Details In February 2016, a full version was released, with all of the proceeds going to TCA.
  • 2014
    Age 69
    In November 2014, while staying at the Mar Hall Hotel in Bishopton, Renfrewshire – ahead of the Who's gig at The SSE Hydro – Daltrey joined the band Milestone for an impromptu rendition of "I Can't Explain".
    More Details Hide Details The band were playing at a wedding reception in the hotel. When Colin Dawson left the Detours, Daltrey took over as their lead singer, giving up his guitar. The band as a whole acknowledged Entwistle and Moon's innovation and talent on their instruments, and Pete Townshend had begun writing their hit songs, but Daltrey struggled to find a voice to present their new music. His expression carried Townshend's material well enough in recordings, and at the time his live persona suited the small club scene where the Who made their beginnings. However, this presentation lacked the confidence of later years, and he was arguably still a singer seeking a voice. The Who first toured North America in 1967, appearing at the Monterey Pop Festival, and Daltrey brought back new experiences in dealing with larger venues and stages. 1968 proved to be a pivotal year with Townshend's movement beyond the quick three-minute single towards his goal of writing a rock opera. Beginning with "A Quick One, While He's Away", a nine-minute mini-opera, Daltrey's performance in the Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus showed him with a new confidence in dealing with Townshend's material. In 1969, the Who's first major rock opera Tommy was released, and Daltrey found a voice for the lead character that carried the Who to worldwide stardom at such music venues as Woodstock and the Isle of Wight Festival, and in opera houses around the world during the next two years.
  • 2012
    Age 67
    In 2012, he offered his support to a project helping unemployed young people in Heathfield, run by Tomorrow's People Trust.
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    In July 2012, Daltrey received an honorary degree from Middlesex University in recognition of his contributions to music.
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  • 2011
    Age 66
    On 4 November 2011, Daltrey and Pete Townshend launched the Daltrey/Townshend Teen and Young Adult Cancer Programme at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, to be funded by the Who's charity Who Cares?
    More Details Hide Details The launch, followed on 5 November by a fund-raising event, was also attended by Robert Plant, and Dave Grohl. Daltrey also announced that a portion of ticket sales from his solo tours would go to fund the teen cancer centres.
    In 2011, Daltrey, Steven Tyler, and Julie Andrews provided funding for Robert S. Langer's research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology into vocal chord repair for victims of cancer and other disorders.
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    In 2011, Daltrey became a patron of the Children's Respite Trust for children with disabilities.
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  • 2010
    Age 65
    In April 2010, he headlined the Imagine A Cure II show honouring the legacy of John Lennon, which raised money for the Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer charity.
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  • 2009
    Age 64
    In 2009, Daltrey was a judge for the 8th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, he appeared again on stage with Michael J. Fox for the "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's" benefit.
    On 4 March 2009, three days after his 65th birthday, Daltrey accepted the James Joyce Award from the Literary and Historical Society of University College Dublin for outstanding success in the music field.
    More Details Hide Details On 12 March 2011, he received the Steiger Award (Germany) for excellence in music. Daltrey and Pete Townshend received the Classic Album Award for Quadrophenia from the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards at the Roundhouse, 9 November 2011, in London.
  • 2008
    Age 63
    In December 2008, he and Pete Townshend were honoured with America's most prestigious cultural awards as recipients of the 31st annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. by then-President of the United States, George W. Bush.
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    Daltrey performed at the first ChildLine Rocks concert at London's the O2 on 13 March 2008.
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  • 2005
    Age 60
    As a member of the Who, Daltrey was inducted in 2005 into the UK Music Hall of Fame.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2004
    Age 59
    In the New Year's Honours List published on 31 December 2004, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to Music, the Entertainment Industry and Charity.
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  • 2003
    Age 58
    In 2003, Daltrey was honoured by Time magazine as a European Hero for his work with the Teenage Cancer Trust and other charities.
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    In 2003, he starred as Alfred P. Doolittle in a production of My Fair Lady at the Hollywood Bowl alongside John Lithgow and Melissa Errico.
    More Details Hide Details Daltrey has acted in advertisements, television shows, and films, and maintains an extensive filmography. A sampling of his films and TV roles follows: Daltrey contributed to a collection of childhood fishing stories published in 1996 entitled I Remember: Reflections on Fishing in Childhood. In 2009, he contributed a foreword to Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere: The Complete Chronicle of The Who 1958–1978 by Andrew Neill and Matt Kent. In 2011, he wrote a tribute article in honour of the late Ken Russell which was published in Britain's Daily Express. In September 1981, Daltrey opened a fashion store called "Cheap and Cheerful" on Western Road in Brighton. Daltrey designed and built Lakedown Trout Fishery near Burwash, documented in the film Underwater World of Trout, Vol. 1.
    In 2003, he hosted the History Channel's Extreme History with Roger Daltrey talking about historical events and explaining the survival techniques the civilisations treated had available.
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared in "That '70s Musical", the 100th episode of That '70s Show as Fez's musical director. Daltrey guest starred in a 23 November 2006 episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation ("Living Legend") as Mickey Dunn, a prominent Las Vegas 1970s gangster who returns to Las Vegas to avenge his attempted murder. The Who's music, and Daltrey's singing, provide the themes for all four of the series in the CSI franchise every week ("Who Are You" for the original show, "Won't Get Fooled Again" for CSI: Miami, "Baba O'Riley" for CSI: NY, and "I Can See for Miles" for CSI: Cyber.) In 2005, Daltrey made a cameo appearance as himself in the episode "The Priest and the Beast" in Series 2 of The Mighty Boosh. He is found by the main characters vacuuming a desert, presumably as a "karmic" consequence of leaving Woodstock early and not helping to clean up. Also in 2005, he played the part of loblolly boy in the TV drama Trafalgar Surgeon.
    In 2003, he starred as the voice of Argon the Dragon Bus Driver in the award-winning children's DVD called The Wheels on the Bus: Mango and Papaya's Animal Adventure from Armstrong Moving Pictures.
    More Details Hide Details The DVD featured Daltrey as a costumed children's dragon, who drove a bus for two lost puppets trying to return to their home at the zoo. Daltrey provided the vocals for children's classics, such as "The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round", in addition to songs written specifically for the home video. He later appeared in two other videos for this series.
  • 2001
    Age 56
    With the Who, Daltrey received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001 for outstanding artistic significance in music.
    More Details Hide Details In 1990, Daltrey was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio as a member of the Who. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame also included three songs that Daltrey recorded with the Who on the list of 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, including: "My Generation", "Go to the Mirror! ", and "Baba O'Riley". In 2005, Daltrey received a British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors Gold Badge Award for special and lasting contributions to the British entertainment industry.
    In 2001, he starred in the film Chasing Destiny, where he gave actor Drake Bell his initial guitar lessons.
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    In 2001, Daltrey provided backing vocals for the title track of the Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros album Global a Go-Go.
    More Details Hide Details In 2003, he provided backing vocals for thrash-metal band Anthrax on the song "Taking the Music Back" from their ninth album We've Come for You All. The collaboration came about through Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian's girlfriend, Pearl Aday, daughter of Meat Loaf, whose mother was a friend of Daltrey and his wife. In 2005, Daltrey collaborated with English pop band McFly to sing his hit song "My Generation". On 14 and 15 December 2007, he appeared with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York and Izod Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey, performing "Behind Blue Eyes", "Pinball Wizard" and "See Me, Feel Me." On 12 January 2009, Daltrey headlined a one-off concert along with Babyshambles at the O2 Academy Bristol for Teenage Cancer Trust. On 5 July 2009, he joined the Jam's lead singer, Paul Weller on stage at Hop Farm Festival in Kent for an encore of "Magic Bus". In 2011, Daltrey recorded a duet on the song "Ma seule amour" with French singer and composer Laurent Voulzy for his album Lys and Love.
    Daltrey taught the then-15-year-old Drake Bell how to play the guitar in 2001, after starring together in Chasing Destiny.
    More Details Hide Details Bell later starred in Drake & Josh and has released three studio albums.
  • 1998
    Age 53
    Also in 1998, Daltrey performed two songs with the Jim Byrnes Blues Band at the Los Angeles Highlander Convention.
    More Details Hide Details He borrowed a guitar to play for the songs, after reassuring the owner that he would not break it.
    He also released an album with the Boys Choir of Harlem in 1998 with selections from A Christmas Carol.
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  • 1996
    Age 51
    Daltrey appeared as an alien assassin villain, Tez, in a 1996 episode of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
    More Details Hide Details He also played Nobby Clegg, a character named after the band Nobby Clegg and the Civilians, in the Showtime series Rude Awakening. Daltrey took part in an episode of the animated series The Simpsons, "A Tale of Two Springfields", providing the voice for himself, along with John Entwistle (Pete Townshend's voice was supplied by his brother Paul). In this episode, The Who helped Homer break down a wall he had built through the town of Springfield. A self-described history buff, Daltrey often involves himself in history research related media including television documentaries. Pirate Tales from 1997, is a documentary/action show about the Golden Age of Piracy in the 18th century, in which Daltrey impersonated English buccaneer William Dampier in a main role as the narrator throughout the series.
  • FORTIES
  • 1994
    Age 49
    Daltrey celebrated his 50th birthday in 1994 by performing at Carnegie Hall in two shows (23 and 24 February), later issued on CD and video called A Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who, sometimes called Daltrey Sings Townshend, accompanied by the Juilliard Orchestra, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, Irish dancers and other special guests.
    More Details Hide Details The success of these two shows led to a US tour by the same name, featuring Pete Townshend's brother Simon on lead guitar with Phil Spalding taking bass duties for the first half of each show, and John Entwistle playing for the second half. An Australian leg was considered but eventually scrapped. Daltrey took on a number of other solo projects, including a tour with the British Rock Symphony in 1998, and the Night of the Proms in 2005. Daltrey also worked with the Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp, raising money for many charities during the final concert. In 2005, Daltrey had a short weekly series on BBC Radio 2, presenting a personal choice of rock 'n' roll favourites. Daltrey embarked on a solo tour of the US and Canada on 10 October 2009, officially called the "Use It or Lose It" tour with a new touring band he called "No Plan B" on the Alan Titchmarsh Show. The band included Simon Townshend on rhythm guitar and backing vocals, Frank Simes on lead guitar, Jon Button on bass guitar, Loren Gold on keyboards, and Scott Devours on drums. Eddie Vedder made a guest appearance at the Seattle show on 12 October. In 2010, Daltrey and No Plan B appeared for several dates with Eric Clapton, including Summerfest at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The band also scheduled additional dates in 2010 without Clapton.
    In 1994, Daltrey celebrated his 50th birthday by performing a two-night spectacular at Carnegie Hall titled A Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who, which is popularly also known as Daltrey Sings Townshend.
    More Details Hide Details The Who's music was arranged for orchestra by Michael Kamen, who conducted the Juilliard Orchestra for the event. Bob Ezrin, who produced Pink Floyd's The Wall album, among other famous albums, produced the live album. Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, Eddie Vedder (who performed a special acoustic tribute), Sinéad O'Connor, Lou Reed, David Sanborn, Alice Cooper, Linda Perry, the Chieftains, and others performed as special guests. Michael Lindsay-Hogg directed the telecast, which was aired on satellite TV. The concert, at the time, was the fastest sell-out in the famed venue's history. The event was followed by a major tour financed by Daltrey and including John Entwistle on bass, Zak Starkey on drums, and Simon Townshend on guitar. Although the tour was considered an artistic success, it failed to make any profit due to the expense of providing extraordinary musicians and orchestras in every city to replicate the Carnegie Hall event. Significantly, the tour did attract attention to songs from the Who's rock opera Quadrophenia and gathered support for a staging and major tour of the rock opera in 1996–97.
  • 1993
    Age 48
    He also performed as a guest on the Chieftains' recording of Irish Evening: Live at the Grand Opera House which won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album in 1993.
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  • 1992
    Age 47
    In 1992, Daltrey appeared as the voice of Barnaby in The Real Story of Happy Birthday to You, a Canadian children's animation TV special along with American actor and voice actor Ed Asner.
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    In 1992, he appeared on the Chieftains' Grammy Award-winning album, An Irish Evening: Live at the Grand Opera House.
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    On 20 April 1992, Daltrey appeared as one of the featured guest singers at the Freddie Mercury Tribute at Wembley Stadium singing Queen's "I Want it All" with the opening of "Pinball Wizard" --- Also backing Queen on this track was Black Sabbath's lead guitarist Tony Iommi --- which made a historic Band that Included Queen/the Who/Sabbath for the first time ever.
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    On 1992's Rocks in the Head, Daltrey is credited (along with Gerard McMahon) for co-writing seven of its eleven tracks.
    More Details Hide Details For his 2005 compilation album Moonlighting: The Anthology, Daltrey co-wrote the song "A Second Out" with Steve McEwan, which featured Daltrey's vocals backed by McEwan on acoustic guitar. Daltrey's songwriting for other projects has included the 1975 soundtrack for Lisztomania. He also co-wrote "Child O Mine" with Gerard McMahon, which featured on the soundtrack for The Banger Sisters, and on the TV show Witchblade. An avid fan of Premier League football club Arsenal F.C., in 2006 Daltrey wrote and performed a specially commissioned song, "Highbury Highs", for the Highbury Farewell ceremony following the final football match on 7 May at Highbury, with Arsenal playing Wigan Athletic. Daltrey's performance was part of Arsenal's celebration of the previous 93 years at Highbury, as the club prepared for their move to the Emirates Stadium, the following season. In 1984, Daltrey appeared on "Bad Attitude", the title track of an album by Meat Loaf, sharing the lead vocal. In the same year, Daltrey provided backing vocals on Barry Gibb's song "Fine Line". The following year, he appeared in Barbra Streisand's music video for her single "Emotion", playing Streisand's emotionally uninterested husband.
  • 1991
    Age 46
    In 1991, he received a Grammy Award with the Chieftains for An Irish Evening: Live at the Grand Opera House, Belfast.
    More Details Hide Details The Who returned in 1989 with their 25th Anniversary Tour, which was also the 20th anniversary of their rock opera Tommy. The tour featured a large backing band, and guest appearances by Steve Winwood, Patti LaBelle, Phil Collins, Elton John, and Billy Idol. In spite of an abdominal hemangioma (later removed by surgery), Daltrey managed to complete the tour. He continued to work on stage and screen, completing projects such as The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True (1995) appearing as the Tin Woodman alongside Nathan Lane, Joel Grey, Natalie Cole, and Jewel as Dorothy. During this time, he also began to appear in US television shows.
  • 1988
    Age 43
    As a member of the Who, Daltrey received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Phonographic Industry in 1988, and from the Grammy Foundation in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. The Who are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, selling over 100 million records worldwide.
  • 1987
    Age 42
    On the 1987 solo album, Can't Wait to See the Movie, Daltrey is credited as co-writer of the tracks "Balance on Wires" and "Take Me Home."
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  • 1985
    Age 40
    On his 1985 solo album, Under a Raging Moon, Daltrey is credited as co-writer on four songs.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1977
    Age 32
    Daltrey first co-wrote songs for his solo albums beginning with 1977's One of the Boys, including "The Prisoner", "Satin and Lace" and "Doing it All Again."
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  • 1976
    Age 31
    In 1976, Daltrey was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for "Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture" for his starring role in the film version of the Who's rock opera Tommy.
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  • 1975
    Age 30
    Daltrey's second solo album, Ride a Rock Horse, was released in 1975, and is his second most commercially successful solo album.
    More Details Hide Details Its cover was photographed by Daltrey's cousin Graham Hughes, which is remarkable for depicting the singer as a rampant centaur. When Sayer launched his own career as a solo artist, Daltrey called on a widening group of friends to write for and perform on his albums. Paul McCartney contributed the new song "Giddy" to One of the Boys, where the band included Hank Marvin, Alvin Lee, and Mick Ronson. On this album cover, another visual trick is played with Daltrey's mirror image, with reference to René Magritte's famous painting Not to be Reproduced. McVicar was billed as a soundtrack album for the film of the same name, in which Daltrey starred and also co-produced. It featured all the other members of the Who at the time (Townshend, Entwistle, and Kenney Jones). McVicar included two hit singles, "Free Me", and "Without Your Love", which is Daltrey's best-selling solo recording.
    When Ken Russell's adaptation of Tommy appeared as a feature film in 1975, Daltrey played the lead role, and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for "Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture" and appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine on 10 April 1975.
    More Details Hide Details Afterward, Daltrey worked with Russell again, starring as Franz Liszt in Lisztomania. He worked with Rick Wakeman on the soundtrack to this film, writing the lyrics to three songs and also performing these, as well as others. The Who continued after the death of their drummer Keith Moon in 1978, but tension continued to rise as Daltrey felt that new drummer Kenney Jones was the wrong choice for the Who. In 1980, Daltrey completed a drama film called McVicar about British bank robber John McVicar. Daltrey produced and starred in the film, and completed a soundtrack with other members of the band. This success, along with other stresses, contributed to a deterioration of relations with Townshend, and the Who retired from active touring in 1982 when Townshend felt that he was no longer able to write for the band. The band continued to work together sporadically, reuniting for the Live Aid concert, and recording songs for Daltrey's solo album Under a Raging Moon, and Townshend's solo album The Iron Man: The Musical by Pete Townshend.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1973
    Age 28
    He also released a single in 1973, "Thinking" with "There is Love" as the B-side.
    More Details Hide Details Ironically, the British release, with considerable airplay of "Giving It All Away" (first lines "I paid all my dues so I picked up my shoes, I got up and walked away") coincided with news reports of the Who being sued for unpaid damage to their hotel on a recent tour, including a TV set being thrown out of the window.
    Daltrey has released eight solo albums. The first was the self-titled Daltrey in 1973, the album was recorded during a hiatus time in the Who's touring schedule.
    More Details Hide Details The best-selling single from the album, "Giving It All Away", peaked at No. 5 in the UK and the album, which introduced Leo Sayer as a songwriter, made the Top 50 in the United States. The inner sleeve photography showed a trompe-l'œil in reference to the Narcissus myth, as Daltrey's reflection in the water differs from his real appearance.
    By 1973, Daltrey was experiencing considerable success with his solo projects and acting roles.
    More Details Hide Details While other members of the band worked on recording the music for Quadrophenia, Daltrey used some of this time to check the Who's books. He found they had fallen into disarray under the management of Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp. Lambert was also Pete Townshend's artistic mentor, and challenging him led to renewed tension within the band. During a filming session (in an incident that Daltrey claimed was overblown) Townshend and Daltrey argued over the schedule. Townshend hit Daltrey over the head with his guitar, and Daltrey responded by knocking Townshend unconscious, again with a single blow. With each of the Who's milestone achievements, Tommy, Who's Next, and Quadrophenia, Daltrey was the face and voice of the band as they defined themselves as the ultimate rebels in a generation of change.
  • 1971
    Age 26
    Langston went on to play guitar on John Entwistle's debut solo album, Smash Your Head Against the Wall, in 1971.
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  • 1967
    Age 22
    In 1967, another son, Mathias, arrived as the result of his affair with Swedish model Elisabeth Aronsson. In 1968, he met Heather Taylor, an American who is his current wife. They married in 1971, and had three children: Rosie Lea (born in 1972), Willow Amber (born in 1975), and Jamie (born in 1981).
    More Details Hide Details In 1970, Daltrey publicly supported The National Campaign for Freedom of Information, saying "I come from a working-class background and I am proud of it and I intend to fight for the workers' right to know. We all need to know what goes on behind the scenes that is causing this country's economic mess. When we have a Freedom of Information Act in this country we shall have restored our Right to Know the Truth and that will bring sanity to our tax laws." In 1971, Daltrey bought a farm at Holmshurst Manor, near Burwash, Sussex. In 1978, during the recording of the Who's album Who Are You, Daltrey had throat surgery to remove nodules after an infection. During a solo tour in 2009, Daltrey began finding it harder to reach the high notes. In December 2010, he was diagnosed with vocal chord dysplasia, and consulted Dr. Steven M. Zeitels, Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Voice Center and professor at Harvard Medical School. Zeitels performed laser surgery to remove the possibly pre-cancerous growth. Both surgeries were considered successful. As dysplasia recurs Daltrey has regular checks to monitor his condition. Daltrey claims that he is allergic to cannabis, and has stopped Who performances to plead for concert-goers not to smoke pot, which would affect his performance. Daltrey has never tried hard drugs.
  • 1965
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 only wrote 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, and he 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.
    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 decease.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1964
    Age 19
    Daltrey has been married twice. In 1964, he married Jacqueline "Jackie" Rickman, and later that year they welcomed their son Simon; they divorced in 1968.
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  • 1959
    Age 14
    When his father bought him an Epiphone guitar in 1959, he became the lead guitarist for the band, and soon afterwards he was expelled from school for tobacco smoking.
    More Details Hide Details Describing the post-war times, Townshend wrote in his autobiography, "until he was expelled Roger had been a good pupil." Daltrey became a sheet metal worker during the day, while practising, and performing nights with the band at weddings, pubs, and working men's clubs. He invited schoolmate Entwistle to play bass guitar in the band, and on the advice of Entwistle, invited Townshend to play guitar. At that time, the band also had Doug Sandom on drums and Colin Dawson on lead vocals. After Dawson left the band, Daltrey switched to lead vocals, and played harmonica as well, while Townshend became the lead guitarist. In 1964, drummer Sandom left the band, eventually being replaced by Keith Moon. Early on, Daltrey was the band's leader, earning a reputation for using his fists to exercise control when needed, despite his small stature (his height is reportedly). According to Townshend, Daltrey "ran things the way he wanted. If you argued with him, you usually got a bunch of fives" (slaps or punches). He generally selected the music that they performed, including songs by the Beatles, various Motown artists, James Brown, and rock standards.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Born
    Roger Harry Daltrey was born on 1 March 1944, in Hammersmith Hospital, East Acton, London, England, one of three children to be born to the parents Irene and Harry Daltrey.
    More Details Hide Details Daltrey's father fought in World War II at the time, and came home a few years later. He was brought up in Acton, the same working class suburban district that produced fellow Who members Pete Townshend, and John Entwistle. Daltrey attended Victoria Primary School and then Acton County Grammar School for Boys and girls along with Townshend and Entwistle. He showed academic promise in the English state school system, ranking at the top of his class on the eleven-plus examination that led to his enrolment at the Acton County Grammar School. His parents hoped that he would eventually continue on to study at university, but Daltrey turned out to be a self-described "school rebel" and developed a dedicated interest in the emerging rock and roll music scene instead. He made his first guitar from a block of wood, a cherry red Stratocaster replica, and joined a skiffle band called the Detours in need of a lead singer. They told him that he had to bring a guitar, and within a few weeks he showed up with it, and he could play it too.
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