In 1964, an English rock band “The Who” was formed. The band was composed of Roger Daltrey in lead vocals, Pete Townshend in guitar, John Entwistle in bass and Keith Moon in drums. Aside from the famous “The Beatles” and “The Rolling Stones”, “The Who” are considered to be the most influential British rock icon. The Who was able to sell over one hundred million copies of their record worldwide, making them one of the “Best-Selling Band of All Time”.
The founding members of the group were Daltrey, Townshend and Entwistle. The trio was raised in Acton, London with families that had passion for music. In 1951, the trio started a band called “The Detours.” The trio started in playing at professional gigs like wedding and other corporate event. Daltrey managed the group’s finances. In 1961, Entwistle suggested that they should add a guitarist in the band. Then he recommended Townshend to be in the group. They also have Harry Wilson to play drums and Colin Dawson for vocals. But a year later, unfortunately, Wilson was fired and Dawson quit. Doug Sandom replaced Wilson and Daltrey provided the vocals.
In 1964, the band decided to change the name of the group. They spend time brainstorming and even fool around by naming the band “The Group” or “No One”, but the group chooses “The Who” from their options. The group performed in hotels in Greenford and Acton, and other social clubs. Helmut Gorden became their manager. But conflicts arise when Sandom was criticized by Gorden, blaming that the drums was the issue in their music. Sandom got offended and left the band. Then, during one of their gigs, they met Keith Moon. Since then, Moon played drums for the group. They again changed their manager, replacing Gorden with Peter Meaden. Since Meaden was not also successful in making the band famous, the band replaced him with Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp. During one of their performances at Railway, Townshend hit the head of his guitar at the ceiling above the stage, breaking it. The crowd laughed at him and he was very angry. He released his anger by smashing the rest of the guitar on stage, picked up a replacement and continued playing. Week after the incident, the crowd builds up, wanting to see that kind of somewhat violent gimmick of the group. Moon pleased the people when he kicked his drums over the stage. It became their trademark, the auto-destructive art.