Every October 9, a good portion of our online coverage is devoted to the Beatles' John Lennon, who was born on that date in 1940. And this year happens to be a big one for Lennon, since he would've turned a difficult-to-fathom 75. Today, however, we'd like to remember another important John, the legendary John "The Ox" Entwistle of the Who, who was born October 9, 1944.
I had been intrigued when I was 13 by seeing Pete Townshend’s name on the back of the album cover for The Who’s rock opera Tommy. As a result, I bought the album and became a huge fan of the music of The Who. You can imagine the feeling of fulfillment almost 30 years later of having John Entwistle introduce me every night onstage within a reference to Pete.
I've been a huge fan of The Who since discovering Tommy at age 13 during the summer of 1969. (Apparently, a lot of great things happened that summer.) For decades, I listened to, learned and played everything by The Who that I could get my hands on.
The Who were not just another rock band. And Pete Townshend was never your run-of-the-mill guitar hero. Without Townshend, the terms 'power chord,' 'Marshall stack' and 'feedback' might never have entered the modern guitarist’s vocabulary.