Hammersmith, London, England, UK
Claim to Fame
Lead singer of The Who
Roger Harry Daltrey, (born 1 March 1944) is an English singer and actor. In a career spanning more than 50 years, Daltrey came to prominence in the mid 1960s as the founder and lead singer of the English rock band The Who, which released fourteen singles that entered the top ten charts in the United Kingdom during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, including "I Can't Explain", "My Generation", "Substitute", "I'm a Boy", "Happy Jack", "Pictures of Lily", "Pinball Wizard", "Won't Get Fooled Again", and "You Better You Bet". Daltrey began his solo career in 1973, while still a member of the Who. Since then, he has released eight studio albums, five compilation albums, and one live album. His solo hits include "Giving It All Away", "Walking the Dog", "Written on the Wind", "Free Me", "Without Your Love", "Walking in My Sleep", "After the Fire", and "Under a Raging Moon". In 2010 he was ranked as number 61 on Rolling Stone 's list of the 100 greatest singers of all time.
Actor/Actress, Soundtrack, Producer
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Roger Daltrey is noted as a founder of the legendary rock band The Who. After leaving London`s Acton County Grammar School in 1963, he formed a skiffle band called The Detours, then displayed an early genius by putting together unusual elements into a world-class performance. The unusual elements included Daltrey on vocals, John Entwistle on bass and Pete Townshend on lead guitar. In 1965 they added drummer Keith Moon, and the fabulous line-up was complete. The band was remarkable for the synthesis of personalities: Townshend`s art-school sensibilities; Daltrey`s down-to-earth interpretation; and Entwistle`s and Moon`s skill as performers. They were first noted for deafening shows and for smashing their instruments in ferocious displays of auto-destructive art, but they went on to considerable chart success through original songs written by Townshend and the more humor-oriented Entwistle. Townshend wrote the first rock mini-opera for their second album, and after their first tour of America, the band presented the full-length rock opus Tommy, which shattered barriers and established The Who as a major artistic force in the world of music. Daltrey released his first solo album in 1973, and followed that with a number of solo chart successes. He also established a stage and (somewhat offbeat) film career after starring in the movie of Tommy (1975). He pursued films more steadily after the death of drummer Moon, and turned to production with the drama McVicar (1980). The band continued to perform sporadically with different drummers and John Bundrick on keyboard, but returned to full force in the 1990s with the addition of Zak Starkey on drums. Though Townshend is noted as the songwriter and lead guitarist of The Who, Daltrey remains the genius who drives their performances. His energy and stage presence established The Who at the monumental Monterey Pop, Woodstock and Isle of Wight music festivals, and his instincts for production carved their path through the era of stadium rock. The filmography of musical performances stand as the best evidence of Daltrey`s brilliance as both a musician and a stage performer.
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Roger Harry Daltrey
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Musician, singer-songwriter, film producer, actor, writer
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Rosie Daltrey (daughter), Willow Daltrey (daughter), Jamie Daltrey (son)
Gillian Daltrey, Carol Daltrey
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Acton County Grammar School for Boys and girls (expelled)
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
TV Commercial for American Express Card (1985), TV Commercial for Bulova Watches (1982), TV Commercial for Miller Lite (1989), Infomercial for Time Life's "Legends" classic rock CD collection., TV commercial for The Los Angeles Mentoring Partnership (2005)
Short Stature, Curly Blonde Hair
www.nndb.com/people/572/000022506/, www.allmusic.com/artist/mn0000296487, thewho.com/history/roger-daltrey/
Music Genre (Text)
Rock, art rock, hard rock, power pop
Vocals, guitar, harmonica, percussion, ukulele, piano, trombone, keyboards
Track, MCA, Polydor, Atlantic, WEA, Rhino, Sanctuary
The Who, The RD Crusaders, No Plan B Band, Pete Townshend, The Detours, The High Numbers, Rick Wakeman, Wilko Johnson
Guitar, Harmonica, trombone.
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