Pete Townshend (of The Who)

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Legal name: Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend


Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend (born 19 May 1945) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead guitarist, backing vocalist, and songwriter, for the rock band The Who. His career with the Who spans over 50 years, during which time the band grew to be considered one of the most influential bands of the 20th century.

Townshend is the main songwriter for The Who, having written well over 100 songs for the band's 11 studio albums, including concept albums and the rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia, plus popular rock radio staples such as Who's Next, and 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. Although known primarily as a guitarist, he also plays keyboards, banjo, accordion, harmonica, ukulele, mandolin, violin, synthesiser, bass guitar, and drums, on his own solo albums, several Who albums and as a guest contributor to an array of other artists' recordings. He is self-taught on all of the instruments he plays and has never had any formal training.

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. He was ranked No. 3 in Dave Marsh's list of Best Guitarists in The New Book of Rock Lists, No. 10 in's list of the top 50 guitarists, and No. 10 again in Rolling Stone magazine's updated 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. In 1983, Townshend received the Brit Award for Lifetime Achievement, in 1990 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Who, in 2001 received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award as a member of the Who, and in 2008 received Kennedy Center Honors. He and Daltrey received The George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement at UCLA on 21 May 2016.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Happy Birthday Pete Townshend & Ronnie Lane 2
1972 Who Came First Pete Townshend 8
1972 I Am Pete Townshend & Mike Da Costa 2
1976 With Love Pete Townshend 2
1977 Rough Mix Pete Townshend & Ronnie Lane 12
1980 Empty Glass Pete Townshend 7
1982 All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes Pete Townshend 8
1985 White City: A Novel Pete Townshend 8
1993 Psychoderelict Pete Townshend 4
2015 Pete Townshend’s Classic Quadrophenia Pete Townshend, Alfie Boe, Billy Idol, Phil Daniels, London Oriana Choir & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 Odds 'N' Sods, Volume II Pete Townshend 1
1983 Scoop Pete Townshend 6
1986 Rarities Pete Townshend 1
1987 Another Scoop Pete Townshend 4
1996 The Best of Pete Townshend: Coolwalkingsmoothtalkingstraightsmokingfirestoking Pete Townshend 2
2000 Lifehouse Chronicles Pete Townshend 1
2000 Lifehouse Elements Pete Townshend 2
2001 Scoop 3 Pete Townshend 3
2002 Scooped Pete Townshend 1
2003 The Genuine Scoop Pete Townshend 1
2005 Anthology Pete Townshend 1
2005 Gold Pete Townshend 1
2007 The Definitive Collection Pete Townshend 1
2015 Truancy: The Very Best of Pete Townshend Pete Townshend 1
The Other Scoop Pete Townshend 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Deep End Live! Pete Townshend 4
1993 Music Must Change Pete Townshend 1
1997 Wild Action Pete Townshend 1
1999 Pete Townshend Live: A Benefit for Maryville Academy Pete Townshend 1
2000 Live: Sadler's Wells 2000 Pete Townshend 1
2000 Live: The Empire 1998 Pete Townshend 1
2000 Live: The Fillmore 1996 Pete Townshend 1
2001 Live: La Jolla Playhouse 22/06/01 Pete Townshend 3
2001 The Oceanic Concerts Pete Townshend & Raphael Rudd 1
2001 Live: La Jolla Playhouse 23/06/01 Pete Townshend 1
2003 Live: BAM 1993 Pete Townshend 1
2004 Live: Brixton Academy '85 Pete Townshend 2
2016 Pete Townshend’s Deep End: Face the Face (CD + DVD) Pete Townshend 1
Acoustic Magic Live: Fillmore West, 1996 Pete Townshend 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 The Iron Man Pete Townshend 4
2011 The Who's Tommy (2011 original Frankfurt cast) Pete Townshend 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 I'm Free Pete Townshend 1
1980 Let My Love Open the Door Pete Townshend 2
1980 Rough Boys Pete Townshend 1
1982 Face Dances, Part 2 Pete Townshend 1
1982 Uniforms Pete Townshend 1
1985 Face the Face Pete Townshend 1
1989 I Won’t Run Anymore Pete Townshend 1
1993 English Boy Pete Townshend 1
1993 I Believe My Own Eyes Pete Townshend 1
2011 The Quadrophenia Demos 1 Pete Townshend 1
2012 The Quadrophenia Demos 2 Pete Townshend 2
2014 It Must Be Done Pete Townshend & Nathan Barr 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 A Friend Is a Friend Pete Townshend 4 1
2001 O’Parvardigar Pete Townshend 1

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