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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tuesday Tunes: Roger Dodger

A big, rocking HAPPY BIRTHDAY to legendary frontman for The Who, Roger Daltrey, who turns 67 today! While Pete Townshend and John Entwistle were usually the songwriters for the band (mostly Townshend), Daltrey did make a few contributions with his pen as well, most notably "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere," the band's second single co-written with Townshend.

Daltrey also wrote "See My Way" for The Who's pop-themed 1966 album A Quick One. Daltrey wanted Keith Moon to play the tune in the style of Buddy Holly and the Crickets's drummer, Jerry Allison. He was reportedly unhappy with the result, but I think Moon captured it pretty well. Give a listen and tell me if you don't hear just a bit of "Peggy Sue" in there.

Daltrey's "Here for More" was released as the B-side to "The Seeker," and, in my opinion, makes for a nice antithetical pairing for that song.

Happy Birthday, Commander Daltrey.

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