born 19 May 1945, Chiswick, London
Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend is an English rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter and author, known principally as the guitarist, backing and secondary lead vocalist, principal songwriter, co-founder and leader of the rock band the Who, as well as for his own solo career. His career with The Who spans over 50 years, during which time the band grew to be one of the most important and influential rock bands of the 20th century.
Townshend is the primary songwriter for The Who, having written well over 100 songs for the band’s 11 studio albums, including concept albums and rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia, plus popular rock and roll radio staples such as Who’s Next, and dozens more that appeared as non-album singles, bonus tracks on reissues, and tracks on rarities compilation such as Odds & Sods.
The Who – Quadrophenia (Live In London, 2013)
He has also written over 100 songs that have appeared on his solo albums, as well as radio jingles and television theme songs.
Pete Townshend – Face The Face
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.
The Who – My Generation