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Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend (born 19 May 1945) is an English rock guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and author, known principally as the guitarist and songwriter for the rock group The Who, as well as for his own solo career. His career with The Who spans more than forty years, during which time the band grew to be considered one of the most influential bands of the 60s and 70s, and, according to Eddie Vedder, "possibly the greatest live band ever."

Townshend is the primary songwriter for The Who, having written well over one hundred songs for the band's eleven studio albums, including concept albums and the rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia, plus popular rock and roll radio staples like Who's Next, and dozens more that appeared as non-album singles, bonus tracks on reissues, and tracks on rarities compilations like Odds & Sods. He has also written over one hundred 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 other instruments such as keyboards, banjo, accordion, synthesiser, bass guitar and drums, on his own solo albums, several Who albums, and as a guest contributor to a wide array of other artists' recordings. Townshend has never had formal lessons in any of the instruments he plays.

Townshend has also been a contributor and author of newspaper and magazine articles, book reviews, essays, books, and scripts, as well as collaborating as a lyricist (and composer) for many other musical acts. Townshend was ranked #3 in Dave Marsh's list of Best Guitarists in The New Book of Rock Lists, #10 in Gibson.com's list of the top fifty guitarists, and #50 in Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list: 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Townshend was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Who in 1990.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Pete Townshend, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia​

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend (born 19 May 1945) is an English rock guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and author, known principally as the guitarist and songwriter for the rock group The Who, as well as for his own solo career. His career with The Who spans more than forty years, during which time the band grew to be considered one of the most influential bands of the 60s and 70s, and, according to Eddie Vedder, "possibly the greatest live band ever."

Townshend is the primary songwriter for The Who, having written well over one hundred songs for the band's eleven studio albums, including concept albums and the rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia, plus popular rock and roll radio staples like Who's Next, and dozens more that appeared as non-album singles, bonus tracks on reissues, and tracks on rarities compilations like Odds & Sods. He has also written over one hundred 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 other instruments such as keyboards, banjo, accordion, synthesiser, bass guitar and drums, on his own solo albums, several Who albums, and as a guest contributor to a wide array of other artists' recordings. Townshend has never had formal lessons in any of the instruments he plays.

Townshend has also been a contributor and author of newspaper and magazine articles, book reviews, essays, books, and scripts, as well as collaborating as a lyricist (and composer) for many other musical acts. Townshend was ranked #3 in Dave Marsh's list of Best Guitarists in The New Book of Rock Lists, #10 in Gibson.com's list of the top fifty guitarists, and #50 in Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list: 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Townshend was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Who in 1990.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Pete Townshend, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia​

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 68

Birthday 1945-05-19

Place of Birth Chiswick, London, England, UK

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • The Who

Acting TV ShowsMovies

The Who - Live at the Silverdome as Himself
The Who Rocks America 1982 as Himself
2018 Bad Reputation as Himself
2017 The Who: Tommy Live at The Royal Albert Hall as Himself – guitars, vocals
2017 The Who: Live at the Isle of Wight 2004 Festival as Self
2015 The Who: Live in Hyde Park as Himself - guitarist, vocals
2015 Jean-Michel Jarre: The Rise of Electronic Music as Himself
2015 Classic Quadrophenia
2015 The Who: Live At Shea Stadium 1982 as himself
2015 The Who: Live at Glastonbury 2015 as Himself, Guitar
2014 Lennon or McCartney as Himself
2014 Play It Loud: The Story of Marshall as Himself
2014 The Who: Quadrophenia - Live in London
2014 The Who Sensation: The Story of Tommy as Himself
2014 Lambert & Stamp as Himself
2013 The Who - The Making of Tommy as Himself
2013 Quadrophenia: Can You See the Real Me? as Himself
2011 Acoustic At The BBC as Himself
2009 The Who: at Kilburn 1977 as himself
2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Live
2009 Rachel Fuller presents: In the Attic with Pete Townshend & Friends as Self
2007 The Who: Amazing Journey - The Story of The Who as Himself
2007 The Who: Live in Houston Texas, 1975 as Himself
2007 The Who Live at Glastonbury as Vocals, Guitar
2006 The Who: Live at Lyon as Himself (Guitars, Vocals)
2006 The Who: BBC Electric Proms as Himself
2006 An Ox's Tale: The John Entwistle Story as Himself
2006 The Who: Tommy Live With Special Guests as Himself
2006 VH1 Rock Honors (1 episode)
2006 The Passing Show: The Life and Music of Ronnie Lane as Himself
2004 Remember the Secret Policeman's Ball? as Himself
2004 One For The Road: Ronnie Lane Memorial Concert as Pete Townshend
2004 The Who: Live in Boston as Himself
2003 Mayor of the Sunset Strip as Himself
2003 Brian Wilson: On Tour as Himself
2001 Being Mick
2000 The Who & Special Guests Live at the Royal Albert Hall
2000 The Who: Live at the London Coliseum 1969 as Himself
1999 Classic Albums: The Who - Who's Next as Himself
1999 Where Are They Now? (1 episode)
1998 Listening to You: The Who Live at the Isle of Wight as Himself
1994 A Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who
1994 The Who: Thirty Years of Maximum R&B as Himself
1994 The Who: Maximum R&B Live as Himself
1989 The Simpsons (1 episode)
1985 Live Aid
1985 White City as Pete Fountain
1984 The Who: Live from Toronto
1981 Concerts for the People of Kampuchea as Self
1981 Grateful Dead: Live on Rockpalast 1981 as Performer/Special Guest
1979 The Secret Policeman's Ball as Himself
1979 The Who: The Kids Are Alright as Himself
1978 The Kennedy Center Honors (1 episode)
1975 Tommy as Himself
1973 Jimi Hendrix
1973 Sound of the City: London 1964-73 as Himself
1970 The Who ‎– Live At Tanglewood 1970 as Himself
1969 Heads
1968 Monterey Pop as Himself - The Who
1968 The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus as Himself - The Who
1967 Les chemins perdus as Himself
1966 Carousella as himself
1965 Seize millions de jeunes: Mods as Interviewee
1964 Top of the Pops (2 episodes)

Sound

2016 A Silent Voice Theme Song Performance
1970 Double Pisces, Scorpio Rising Music

Writing

2006 The Who: Tommy Live With Special Guests Writer
2000 The Who: Live at the London Coliseum 1969 Writer

Crew

1999 American Beauty Thanks

Production

1999 The Iron Giant Producer

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