Roger Daltrey’s Birthday – March 1st, 1944
Posted 3/1/2013 12:00:00 AM

Roger Daltrey’s Birthday – March 1st, 1944

 

Conversation Starters

  • Happy Birthday to Who frontman Roger Daltrey! Where does he rank among your favorite lead singers?
  • Roger Daltrey of The Who has a birthday today! Share your well-wishes for the iconic rocker below!
  • Happy Birthday Roger Daltrey! In which Who song does Daltrey really belt it out?

Fast Facts

  • Born: March 1, 1944 in Hammersmith, London, England
  • Full Name: Roger Harry Daltrey
  • Co-founder and lead singer of The Who
  • Daltrey grew up in London with future band mates Pete Townshend and John Entwistle and assembled the band which would become The Who in 1961
  • He has acted in several projects including The Who’s 1975 film version of the rock opera Tommy in which he played the title role
  • He also played the lead role in a 1975 biographical film about Hungarian composer Franz Liszt entitled Lisztmania
  • He starred in, produced, and contributed the song “Free Me” for the 1980 biographical film McVicar about train robber John McVicar.  He also has acted in later films like Lightning Jack (1994), Like It Is (1998), and Best (2001)
  • He was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture for Tommy (1975)
  • Daltrey has appeared in a few stage productions as well.  He appeared as the Tin Man in a production of The Wizard of Oz at The Lincoln Center and, in 1998, appeared as Scrooge in a production of A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden
  • Daltrey once told Rolling Stone about his singing style, “It's a very strange process. That's why I shut my eyes when I sing—I'm in another space, and the characters are living in me."
  • His signature on-stage move is twirling the microphone around above his head like a lasso (the microphone cord is always doubled-back and heavily taped to the microphone handle so it doesn’t rip off during the stunt)
  • Every member of The Who had a different personality and Daltrey famously clashed artistically with the groups guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend
  • Daltrey left The Who and began a solo career in 1973 with the release of his self-titled debut
  • His 1994 solo concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall with the Juilliard Orchestra was the fastest selling event in the venue’s history
  • In 2005, Daltrey was named Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for his charitable work
  • Since 2000 he has been a patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust, a UK charity.  In 2000, Roger put on the concert “The Who & Friends” at Royal Albert Hall which raised over £1.2 million for charity; as a result he received a humanitarian award from Time Magazine
  • He produced the 2007 TV documentary Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who
  • Daltrey and Pete Townshend performed together for a TV special called the VHI Rock Honors: The Who
  • He appeared on an episode of CSI in 2006 and on an episode of That 70’s Show in 2002
  • In 1995, Daltrey assembled the band to appear at the first British Who Convention, an event organized by Who fans at Shepard’s Bush, the area of London that is Daltrey’s hometown
  • He is ranked as #53 on VH1’s list of the 100 Sexiest Artists
  • Daltry has said that The Who’s performance at Woodstock in 1969 was the worst gig the group ever played

Discography (Solo)

  • Daltrey (1973)
  • Ride A Rock Horse (1975)
  • One Of The Boys (1977)
  • McVicar OST (1980)
  • Parting Should Be Painless (1984)
  • Under A Raging Moon (1985)
  • Can’t Wait To See The Movie (1987)
  • Rocks In The Head (1992)
  • A Celebration – The Music Of Pete Townshend And The Who (1994)

Discography (The Who)

  • My Generation (1965)
  • A Quick One (1966)
  • The Who Sell Out (1967)
  • Magic Bus (1968)
  • Tommy (1969)
  • Live At Leeds (1970)
  • Who’s Next (1971)
  • Quadrophenia (1973)
  • Tommy OST (1975)
  • The Who By Numbers (1975)
  • Who Are You (1978)
  • The Kids Are Alright (1979)
  • Face Dances (1981)
  • It’s Hard (1982)
  • Who’s Last (1984)
  • Join Together (1990)
  • Quadrophenia: Songs From Quadrophenia Original Soundtrack (1993)
  • Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 (1996)
  • BBC Sessions (2000)
  • The Who Live – The Blues To The Bush/1999 (2000)
  • Holmdel, New Jersey – August 20, 2002 (2002)
  • Dallas, Texas – September 21, 2002 (2002)
  • Hershey, Pennsylvania – July 29, 2002 (2002)
  • New York, New York – July 31, 2002 (2002)
  • George, Washington – July 6, 2002 (2002)
  • Live At The Royal Albert Hall (2003)
  • New York City – 22.05.04 (2004)
  • Endless Wire (2006)
  • Seattle, WA – 10.11.06 (2006)
  • Madrid, ES – 27.07.06 (2006)
  • Quadrophenia (2011)
  • Live At Hull (2012)

Billboard Hot 100 (singles)

  • “Giving It All Away” (1973), #83
  • “Come And Get Your Love” (1975), #68
  • “Avenging Annie” (1977), #88
  • “Free Me” (1980), #53
  • “Without Your Love” (1980), #20
  • “Walking In My Sleep” (1984), #62
  • “After The Fire” (1985), #48
  • “Let Me Down Easy” (1985), #86

Billboard Top 200 (albums)

  • Daltrey (1973), #45
  • Ride A Rock Horse (1975), #28
  • One Of The Boys (1977), #46
  • McVicar (1980), #22
  • Under A Raging Moon (1985), #42

Videos

Links

Sources:

Ultimate Classic Rock posts the top 10 Roger Daltry songs

Ultimate Classic Rock posts the top 10 Roger Daltry Who moments

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