The Who were an amazing super band first emerging in the U.S. during the month of March, 1965. Much like the Rolling Stones debut, they entered the charts with a mere whisper. The U.S. didn’t seem to embrace the group or their sound, which was far from the mainstays of the Invasion. In fact, the Who entered the top ten only one time during their very long run. Their album sales were modest as well until the last part of the 1960’s – From that point on they entered the Top Ten in the U.S. often and with emphasis!
The group came together in the late 1950’s when schoolmates Roger Daltry, Pete Townshend and John Entwhistle formed The Detours. Prior to that both Townshend and Entwhistle had briefly played in minor bands – The Scorpions and The Confederates. Soon they were joined by drummer Doug Sanden. Around 1963 the group took on the name The Who, and shortly after that replaced Sanden with drummer Keith Moon who had earlier been with a group called The Beachcombers.
For a brief time they abandoned their name for The High Numbers, but soon came back to being The Who. Then – no more personnel changes until drummer Keith Moon secumbed to drugs in 1978.
“I Can’t Explain” is shown on the Decca promotion label. It sells for around $70 at autction. “Substitute” was released twice by Atco Records – first in 1966 on Atco #6409 and again in 1967 on #6509. The first version is a bit more difficult to find.
The Who bounce to Big Beat with “I Can’t Explain”!
British Invasion on the Charts March 6th – 1965
(The Temptations at Number 1 with “My Girl”)
Number 5 – Eight Days a Week – The Beatles (up from 19)
Number 6 – Tell Her No – The Zombies (2nd week at 6)
Number 9 – Ferry Cross the Mersey – Gerry & Pacemakers (up from 12)
Number 14 – I Go To Pieces – Peter & Gordon (down from 9)
Number 19 – Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat – Herman’s Hermits (up from 27)
Number 114 – Tired of Waiting for You – The Kinks (Peaks at number 6)
Number 134 – I Can’t Explain – The Who (Peaks at number 93)