Roger Daltrey is noted as a founder of the legendary rock band The Who. After leaving London's Acton County Grammar School in 1963, he formed a skiffle band called The Detours, then displayed an early genius by putting together unusual elements into a world-class performance. The unusual elements included Daltrey on vocals, John Entwistle on bass and Pete Townshend on lead guitar. In 1965 they added drummer Keith Moon, and the fabulous line-up was complete. The band was remarkable for the synthesis of personalities: Townshend's art-school sensibilities; Daltrey's down-to-earth interpretation; and Entwistle's and Moon's skill as performers. They were first noted for deafening shows and for smashing their instruments in ferocious displays of auto-destructive art, but they went on to considerable chart success through original songs written by Townshend and the more humor-oriented Entwistle. Townshend wrote the first rock mini-opera for their second album, and after their first tour of America, the band presented the full-length rock opus Tommy, which shattered barriers and established The Who as a major artistic force in the world of music. Daltrey released his first solo album in 1973, and followed that with a number of solo chart successes. He also established a stage and (somewhat offbeat) film career after starring in the movie of Tommy (1975). He pursued films more steadily after the death of drummer Moon, and turned to production with the drama McVicar (1980). The band continued to perform sporadically with different drummers and John Bundrick on keyboard, but returned to full force in the 1990s with the addition of Zak Starkey on drums. Though Townshend is noted as the songwriter and lead guitarist of The Who, Daltrey remains the genius who drives their performances. His energy and stage presence established The Who at the monumental Monterey Pop, Woodstock and Isle of Wight music festivals, and his instincts for production carved their path through the era of stadium rock. The filmography of musical performances stand as the best evidence of Daltrey's brilliance as both a musician and a stage performer.IMDb Mini Biography By: A. Nonymous
|Heather Daltrey||(19 July 1971 - present) 3 children|
|Jacqueline (Jackie) Rickman||(28 March 1964 - 29 January 1968) (divorced) 1 child|
Twirling his microphone by its cord, swinging it high into the air, and catching it effortlessly while performing onstage (the cord for his microphone is normally doubled-back and heavily taped to the handle of the mike, to prevent the cord from ripping out of the base during these maneuvers).
Frantic emotional singing style
His unmistakeable wail, used most famously in "Won't get fooled again"
Multi octave vocals
Curly Blonde Hair
Before becoming a member of The Who, was a sheet-metal worker.
Five children: Simon, Mathias (born 1967, with Swedish model Elisabeth Aronsson), Rosie Lea, Willow Amber and Jaimie.
Married Jackie in 1964. They had a son, Simon, and divorced in 1968. In 1970 he married Heather Taylor (an American) and has had three children: Rosie, Willow and Jamie.
Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Who) in 1990.
The Who's 1969 album "Tommy" came third in Classic Rock Magazine's list of the 30 greatest concept albums of all time. [March 2003]
He was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the order of the British Empire) in the 2005 Queen's New Year's List for his services to music and charity.
Plays the flute, harmonica, tambourine, and guitar. Although originally the lead-guitar player of the band, Daltrey did not play guitar with The Who in the seventies. He began playing again after the death of Keith Moon in 1978 changed The Who lineup. After this, he occasionally played electric guitar with The Who, but usually played an acoustic.
The Who were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame for their outstanding contribution to British music and integral part of British music culture. (16 November 2005).
Ranked #53 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
Also has a successful acting career.
Expelled from Acton County Grammar School, in England.
I don't have any illusions anymore. The illusion that rock 'n' roll could change anything - I don't believe that. I've changed. Who would have ever thought that I'd end up saying that I want to be an all-around entertainer? But that's what I want to be.
[on The Who's performance at Woodstock] It was the worst gig we ever played.
You know, I was a school rebel. Whatever they said do, I didn't do. I was totally anti-everything. I was a right bastard, a right hard nut. I just totally closed the doors to ever wanting to know what they had to teach me. Rock & roll was the only thing I wanted to get into.
Of course, chicks keep popping up. When you're in a hotel, a pretty young lady makes life bearable.
I don't want to stop and I don't think Pete (Pete Townshend) does. We're at the pinnacle of our decline.
Rock used to be a right laugh. The trouble is the rock press have made it all so serious. Fifty per cent of rock is having a good time.
[To the audience at Boston's Beer Garden, USA, on Monday, December 3rd ] About ten hours ago this gig was absolutely fucking impossible. So this one's for the filth - or whatever you like to call 'em - the police in Montréal. We're 'ere and it's good to be 'ere and this one's for them: "Won't Get Fooled Again". [The previous night in Montréal, December 2nd, 1973, they'd been arrested and bailed for the destruction of a hotels facilities]
I'm a rock god?! I'm five foot seven. I had me jaw broken, and so my chin stuck way out. That's how I became tough - I learned to pick up anything and fight back ... A rock god!
[on Freddie Mercury] When we lost Freddie, we not only lost a great personality, a man with a great sense of humor, a true showman, but we lost probably the best, the best virtuoso rock 'n' roll singer of all time. He could sing anything in any style. He could change his style from line to line and, God, that's an art. And he was brilliant at it.
[on recovering from throat surgery] I got depressed after surgery, during what I call the big silence, that's when I realized what it would be like to not have a voice. I had two weeks of silence. Silence and no drinking. How's that for a good Christmas? So, you know, it was the strangest Christmas I've ever had.
(December 2004) Awarded the honor of "Commander of the Order of the British Empire" (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II.
(January 2007) He lives in East Sussex, England.
(February 2010) Performed at the SuperBowl XLIV halftime show in Miami with Pete Townsend as "The Who".
(November 2011) Los Angeles, CA, USA: As patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust, Daltrey established a concert series at London's Royal Albert Hall in 2000. The Trust has since built a number of cancer treatment centers at UK hospitals. In November of 2011, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, Robert Plant and Dave Grohl opened the first US unit at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.
(December 2012) Sang for the The Concert For Sandy Relief. It was broadcast internationally live from Madison Square Garden beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET. The lineup also includes Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, Roger Waters, Eddie Vedder, Kanye West and The Who. Celebrity presenters include Jon Stewart, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sean Combs and Chris Rock.
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