Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (born 19 May 1945) is an English guitarist, singer and composer. He is co-founder, leader, principal songwriter, guitarist and secondary lead vocalist of The Who, considered to be one of the most important and influential rock bands of the 20th century.
Townshend has written more than 100 songs for 12 The Who studio albums. These include concept albums, the rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia, plus popular rock radio staples such as Who’s Next; as well as dozens more that appeared as non-album singles, bonus tracks on reissues, and tracks on rarities compilations such as Odds & Sods (1974). He has also written more than 100 songs that have appeared on his solo albums, as well as radio jingles and television theme songs.
As an instrumentalist, although known primarily as a guitarist, Townshend also plays keyboards, banjo, accordion, harmonica, ukulele, mandolin, violin, synthesiser, bass guitar, and drums. He is self-taught on all of these instruments. He plays on his own solo albums, several The Who albums, and as a guest contributor to an array of other artists’ recordings.
Townshend has also contributed to and authored many newspaper and magazine articles, book reviews, essays, books, and scripts, and he has collaborated as a lyricist and composer for many other musical acts. Due to his aggressive playing style and innovative songwriting techniques, Townshend’s works with The Who and in other projects have earned him critical acclaim.
In 1983, Townshend received the Brit Award for Lifetime Achievement and in 1990 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Who. Townshend was ranked No. 3 in Dave Marsh’s 1994 list of Best Guitarists in The New Book of Rock Lists. In 2001, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award as a member of the Who; and in 2008 he received Kennedy Center Honors. He was ranked No. 10 in Gibson.com’s 2011 list of the top 50 guitarists, and No. 10 in Rolling Stone‘s updated 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. He and Roger Daltrey received The George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement at UCLA on 21 May 2016.
The following readers are also dedicated fans to Guitar Talkers – because of that – they too will have each episode of the mini series dedicated to them. If you too are a fan, please do let me know below.
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Who doesn’t like Pete Townsend’s classic windmill style or The Who in general and if not all of the bands remarkable playlist over the years – who doesn’t like at least something they have produced?
I have been a fan for a lot of years, so many l forgot when l started following their music and lost count literally of the listening years themselves. Best album for me? Phoar where does one start? Maybe Quadrophenia 1973, perhaps Who’s Next in 71? What about Tommy in 69? I don’t have any true favourites – l am just a fan of them – The Who full stop.
Here’s my Top 7 for him – what would be in your line up?
|My Generation 1970|
|Pictures of Lily 1967|
|Pinball Wizard 1969|
|I Can See For Miles 1969|
So they are my personal Top 7 – what are yours?
So there we go folks – Pete Townsend – The Guitar Talker 3# – Fan or Not?