Roger Daltrey

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Roger Daltrey

Roger Daltrey - May 2016.jpg
Daltrey performing live, 2016
Background information
Birth nameRoger Harry Daltrey
Born (1944-03-01) 1 March 1944 (age 75)
East Acton, London, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • actor
  • film producer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • harmonica
Years active1959–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitethewho.com

Roger Harry Daltrey CBE (born 1 March 1944) is an English singer and actor. He is a founder, member, and lead singer of the rock band the Who. Daltrey is known for his powerful voice and energetic stage presence.[1][2]

Daltrey's hit songs with The Who include "My Generation", "Pinball Wizard", "Won't Get Fooled Again", "Baba O'Riley" 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" and "Under a Raging Moon".

The Who are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, selling over 100 million records worldwide. As a member of the band, Daltrey received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Phonographic Industry in 1988,[3] and from the Grammy Foundation in 2001.[4] He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005.[5][6][7] He and Pete Townshend received Kennedy Center Honors in 2008 and The George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement at UCLA on 21 May 2016.[8] Daltrey has also been an actor and film producer, with roles in films, theatre, and television.[9] Planet Rock listeners voted him rock's fifth greatest voice in 2009,[10] and he was ranked number 61 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest singers of all time in 2010.[11]

Early life[edit]

Roger Harry Daltrey was born on 1 March 1944, in Hammersmith Hospital, East Acton, west London, England, one of three children of Harry and Irene Daltrey. Daltrey's father fought in World War II at the time, and came home a few years later.[12]

Daltrey attended Victoria Primary School and then Acton County Grammar School along with Townshend and Entwistle. He showed academic promise in the English state school system, ranking at the top of his class on the eleven-plus examination that led to his enrolment at the Acton County Grammar School.[13]

He made his first guitar from a block of wood in 1957,[14] a cherry red Stratocaster replica, and joined a skiffle band called the Detours, who were in need of a lead singer. They told him that he had to bring a guitar, and within a few weeks he showed up with it. When his father bought him an Epiphone guitar in 1959, he became the lead guitarist for the band; soon afterwards he was expelled from school for tobacco smoking. Townshend wrote in his autobiography, "until he was expelled Roger had been a good pupil."[15]

Early on, Daltrey was the band's leader, earning a reputation for using his fists to exercise control when needed, despite his small stature (his height is reportedly 1.65 metres (5 ft 5 in)[16]). According to Townshend, Daltrey "ran things the way he wanted. If you argued with him, you usually got a bunch of fives" (slaps or punches).[17]

In 1964, the band discovered another band performing as the Detours and discussed changing their name. Townshend suggested "the Hair" and Townshend's roommate Richard Barnes suggested "the Who." The next morning, Daltrey made the decision for the band, saying "It's the Who, innit?".[18]

The Who[edit]

Overview[edit]

With the band's first hit single ("I Can't Explain") and record deal in early 1965, Townshend began writing original material and Daltrey's dominance of the band began to decrease.[citation needed]

The other members of the Who fired Daltrey from the band in late 1965 after he beat up their drummer Keith Moon for supplying illegal drugs to Townshend and Entwistle, causing him to re-examine his methods of dealing with people. A week later, Daltrey was admitted back to the band, but was told he'd be on probation. He promised that there would be no more violent outbursts or assaults. Daltrey recalled, "I thought if I lost the band I was dead. If I didn't stick with the Who, I would be a sheet metal worker for the rest of my life."[19]

The band's second single, "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere", was a collaboration between Daltrey and Townshend.[20] As Townshend developed into one of rock's most accomplished composers, Daltrey gained an equally vaunted reputation as a powerful singer and riveting front-man. The Who's stage act was highly energetic, and Daltrey's habit of swinging the microphone around by its cord on stage became his signature move. Daltrey's Townshend-inspired stuttering expression of youthful anger, frustration, and arrogance in the band's breakthrough single, "My Generation", captured the revolutionary feeling of the 1960s for many young people around the world and became the band's trademark. Later, his scream near the end of "Won't Get Fooled Again" became a defining moment in rock and roll.[21]

Daltrey, onstage with Pete Townshend, 1976

By 1973, Daltrey was experiencing considerable success with his solo projects and acting roles. While other members of the band worked on recording the music for Quadrophenia, Daltrey used some of this time to check the Who's books. He found they had fallen into disarray under the management of Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp. Lambert was also Pete Townshend's artistic mentor, and challenging him led to renewed tension within the band. During a filming session (in an incident that Daltrey claimed was overblown) Townshend and Daltrey argued over the schedule. Townshend hit Daltrey over the head with his guitar, and Daltrey responded by knocking Townshend unconscious with a single blow.[22]

With each of the Who's milestone achievements, Tommy, Who's Next, and Quadrophenia, Daltrey was the face and voice of the band as they defined themselves as the ultimate rebels in a generation of change. When Ken Russell's adaptation of Tommy appeared as a feature film in 1975, Daltrey played the lead role, and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for "Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture" and appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine on 10 April 1975. Afterward, Daltrey worked with Russell again, starring as Franz Liszt in Lisztomania. He worked with Rick Wakeman on the soundtrack to this film.[citation needed]

Daltrey, right, with Pete Townshend, 2004

The Who continued after the death of their drummer Keith Moon in 1978, but tension continued to rise as Daltrey felt that new drummer Kenney Jones was the wrong choice.[23] The Who retired from active touring in 1982 when Townshend felt that he was no longer able to write for the band.[24]

The Who returned in 1989 with their 25th Anniversary Tour, which was also the 20th anniversary of their rock opera Tommy. The tour featured a large backing band, and guest appearances by Steve Winwood, Patti LaBelle, Phil Collins, Elton John, and Billy Idol. In spite of an abdominal hemangioma (later removed by surgery), Daltrey managed to complete the tour.[citation needed]

In 1996, Pete Townshend was approached to produce Quadrophenia for the Prince's Trust concert at Hyde Park, London. Daltrey agreed to help produce a one-off performance. The opera was performed with a large backing band. On the night before the show, Daltrey was struck in the face by a microphone stand swung by Gary Glitter. The accident fractured his eye socket and caused considerable concern that he might not be able to perform safely, but Daltrey donned an eye-patch to cover the bruises and completed the show as scheduled. Afterward, Townshend decided to take the production on tour in 1996–97 as the Who.[citation needed]

After the success of their Quadrophenia tour, the band returned as the Who in a stripped-down, five-piece line-up for tours in 1999–2000. The band continued to work together, making a major impact at the Concert for New York City. After Entwistle's death in June 2002, both Daltrey and Townshend decided to continue with an already planned tour as the Who. Bass player Pino Palladino was chosen to fill Entwistle's place. The band also completed a brief tour in 2004. In 2006, they released their first studio album of new material in twenty-four years, Endless Wire, leading some fans and critics to say that the much-discussed artistic tension within the Who lay between Daltrey and Townshend. The band completed a world tour in 2006–07 to support this album.[citation needed]

In February 2010, Townshend and Daltrey, headlining as the Who, performed the half-time show at Super Bowl XLIV in front of 105.97 million viewers across the globe. In March 2010, Townshend and Daltrey, along with an extensive backing band, performed Quadrophenia at the Royal Albert Hall in London as a tenth anniversary charity benefit for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam sang the part of the Godfather and Tom Meighan of Kasabian sang the part of Aceface.[25]

Daltrey's songs for the Who[edit]

Daltrey contributed a handful of songs to the band's catalogue during their early career:

  • "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" (1965) – The Who's second single, co-written with Townshend.
  • "See My Way" (1966) – Daltrey's contribution to A Quick One.
  • "Early Morning Cold Taxi" (1968) – Outtake from The Who Sell Out (later appearing as a bonus track on deluxe editions), co-written with David "Cyrano" Langston.
  • "Here for More" (1970) – B-side to "The Seeker".

Daltrey also wrote a song entitled "Crossroads Now" for the Who. The song grew out of an onstage jam session in 1999.[26] Another Daltrey song, "Certified Rose", was rehearsed by the Who shortly before the death of John Entwistle. The band had planned on playing it (as well as Townshend's "Real Good Looking Boy") during their 2002 tour, but plans were halted after Entwistle's death.[27] Although it was rumoured that a studio version was recorded during the Endless Wire sessions (and may have featured Entwistle's basslines from 2002), Townshend later stated that no such recording was made.[28] A more recent recording of "Certified Rose" was finally released on Daltrey's 2018 album, As Long As I Have You.[citation needed]

"Early Morning Cold Taxi" is a song recorded during The Who Sell Out's recording sessions in 1967. It and was released in 1994 on the Thirty Years of Maximum R&B box set. It is credited to Daltrey and the Who roadie Dave "Cyrano" Langston.[29]

Solo career[edit]

Overview[edit]

Daltrey with the Who at the Manchester Arena, 2014

Daltrey has released eight solo studio albums. The first was the self-titled Daltrey in 1973, recorded during a hiatus time in the Who's touring schedule. The best-selling single from the album, "Giving It All Away", peaked at No. 5 in the UK and the album, which introduced Leo Sayer as a songwriter, made the Top 50 in the United States. The inner sleeve photography showed a trompe-l'œil in reference to the Narcissus myth, as Daltrey's reflection in the water differs from his real appearance. He also released a single in 1973, "Thinking" with "There is Love" as the B-side. The British release, with considerable airplay of "Giving It All Away" (first lines "I paid all my dues so I picked up my shoes, I got up and walked away") coincided with news reports of the Who being sued for unpaid damage to their hotel on a recent tour, including a TV set being thrown out of the window.[30]

Daltrey's second solo album, Ride a Rock Horse, was released in 1975, and is his second most commercially successful solo album. Its cover was photographed by Daltrey's cousin Graham Hughes, which is remarkable for depicting the singer as a rampant centaur.[citation needed]

When Sayer launched his own career as a solo artist, Daltrey called on a widening group of friends to write for and perform on his albums. Paul McCartney contributed the new song "Giddy" to One of the Boys, where the band included Hank Marvin, Alvin Lee, and Mick Ronson. On this album cover, another visual trick is played with Daltrey's mirror image, with reference to René Magritte's famous painting Not to Be Reproduced.[citation needed]

McVicar was billed as a soundtrack album for the film of the same name, in which Daltrey starred and also co-produced. It featured all the other members of the Who at the time (Townshend, Entwistle, and Kenney Jones). McVicar included two hit singles, "Free Me", and "Without Your Love", which is Daltrey's best-selling solo recording.[31]

On release, Parting Should Be Painless received negative critical reviews, and was Daltrey's poorest selling studio album up to that point. The album was a concerted effort on Daltrey's part to vent his frustrations in the wake of the Who's break-up by assembling a set of roughly autobiographical songs. These included a track contributed by Bryan Ferry ("Going Strong"), and one contributed by Eurythmics ("Somebody Told Me"). Musically, according to Daltrey the album covered areas that he had wanted the Who to pursue.[32]

The title track to Under a Raging Moon was a tribute to the former Who drummer Keith Moon, who died in 1978, at the premature age of 32. On his next album Rocks in the Head, Daltrey's voice ranges from a powerful bluesy growl à la Howlin' Wolf to the tender vocals shared with his daughter Willow on the ballad "Everything a Heart Could Ever Want". This was his first major effort as a songwriter for his own solo career.[citation needed]

In 1987, Daltrey released "Take Me Home"; the song is a cover of 1983's "Cargo" by French artist Axel Bauer. Daltrey's version is written by Axel Bauer, Nigel Hinton and himself.[citation needed]

In 1992, Daltrey appeared in the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, singing the hard rock Queen song "I Want It All", to pay homage to his friend Freddie Mercury, who died the previous year one day after a public announcement that he suffered from AIDS.[33][34]

Daltrey celebrated his 50th birthday in 1994 by performing two shows at Carnegie Hall. A recording of the concerts was later issued on CD and video; it was entitled A Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who, and is sometimes called Daltrey Sings Townshend. The success of these two shows led to a US tour by the same name, featuring Pete Townshend's brother Simon on lead guitar with Phil Spalding taking bass duties for the first half of each show, and John Entwistle playing for the second half. An Australian leg was considered but eventually scrapped.[citation needed]

Daltrey took on a number of other solo projects, including a tour with the British Rock Symphony in 1998, and the Night of the Proms in 2005. Daltrey also worked with the Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp, raising money for many charities during the final concert. In 2005, Daltrey had a short weekly series on BBC Radio 2, presenting a personal choice of rock 'n' roll favourites.[citation needed]

An avid fan of Premier League football club Arsenal F.C., Daltrey wrote and performed a specially commissioned song, "Highbury Highs", for the 2006 Highbury Farewell ceremony following the final football match at Highbury.[35] Daltrey's performance was part of Arsenal's celebration of the previous 93 years at Highbury as the club prepared for their move to the Emirates Stadium the following season.[36]

Daltrey embarked on a solo tour of the US and Canada on 10 October 2009, officially called the "Use It or Lose It" tour with a new touring band he called "No Plan B" on the Alan Titchmarsh Show.[37] The band included Simon Townshend on rhythm guitar and backing vocals, Frank Simes on lead guitar, Jon Button on bass guitar, Loren Gold on keyboards, and Scott Devours on drums.[38] Eddie Vedder made a guest appearance at the Seattle show on 12 October.[39] In 2010, Daltrey and No Plan B appeared for several dates with Eric Clapton,[40] including Summerfest at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[41]

In 2015, Daltrey recorded a cover version of Pete Townshend's song "Let My Love Open the Door" for Teen Cancer America adverts. In February 2016, a full version was released, with all of the proceeds going to TCA.[citation needed]

On 15 March 2018, Daltrey announced the forthcoming release, on 1 June, of his new solo studio album As Long as I Have You.[42] He appeared on BBC One's The Graham Norton Show, on 13 April 2018, to promote the single taken from the album.[43]

Discography[edit]

Collaborations[edit]

In 1998, Daltrey performed two songs with the Jim Byrnes Blues Band at the Los Angeles Highlander Convention.[44]

On 12 January 2009, Daltrey headlined a one-off concert along with Babyshambles at the O2 Academy Bristol for Teenage Cancer Trust. On 5 July 2009, he joined the Jam's lead singer, Paul Weller on stage at Hop Farm Festival in Kent for an encore of "Magic Bus".[45] In 2011, Daltrey recorded a duet on the song "Ma seule amour" with French singer and composer Laurent Voulzy for his album Lys and Love.[46]

In November 2014, while staying at the Mar Hall Hotel in Bishopton, Renfrewshire – ahead of the Who's gig at The SSE Hydro – Daltrey joined the band Milestone for an impromptu rendition of "I Can't Explain". The band were playing at a wedding reception in the hotel.[47]

Legacy[edit]

Daltrey singing with the Who in Hamburg, Germany, 1972

Daltrey has long been known as one of the most charismatic of rock's frontmen. According to Pete Townshend, he "almost invented the pseudo-messianic role taken up later by Jim Morrison and Robert Plant."[1] His persona has earned him a position as one of the "gods of rock and roll".[2] He developed a trademark move of swinging and throwing his microphone through a complex sequence, matching these sequences with the tempo of the song that was being played at the moment, although Daltrey reduced the athleticism of his performances in later years. According to a review of the Who's performance at the Quart Festival in 2007:

"Suddenly each and everyone stopped caring about the down-pouring rain. When the Who took the stage we couldn't do anything but to reach for the sky and howl. Anyone who has ever thought of calling these gods old men and dinosaurs should be deeply ashamed. The reports we've heard from around the world were true: Live rock doesn't get any better."[48]

Equipment[edit]

Daltrey performing onstage at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada, 1976

Daltrey hand-built his first guitar from a piece of plywood, and also built guitars for the band in the early days when they had little money to buy equipment.[49] As lead guitarist for the Detours, Daltrey played a 1961 Epiphone Wilshire solid-body electric guitar which he later sold to Pete Townshend on an easy payment plan.[50][51] After he took over vocals for the band in the 1960s, and during the 1970s, Daltrey rarely played guitar on stage; however, he played a Martin acoustic guitar for appearances to promote his solo album Daltrey.[52] He began playing guitar with the Who again during the band's tours in the 1980s, and used a Fender Esquire to play a second guitar part for the song "Eminence Front" on the Who's 1982, 1989 and later tours.[53] During the 1989 tour, he played a Gibson Chet Atkins SST guitar for the song "Hey Joe". During the Who's 1996–97 Quadrophenia tour, Daltrey played a Gibson J-200 acoustic guitar.[54]

After 1999, it became more common for Daltrey to play guitar during both the Who and solo shows. He played a Versoul Buxom 6 handmade acoustic guitar on the Who's 2002 tour.[55] Daltrey owns a Gibson Everly Brothers Flattop acoustic guitar which he played on the Who and solo tours in the late first decade of the 21st century.[56] On his 2009 tour, Daltrey played Pete Townshend's "Blue, Red and Grey" on an Ashbury cutaway tenor EQ ukulele.[57]

Daltrey is among those who first brought the harmonica into popular music.[58] Although the mouth harps that Daltrey uses have varied over the years, brands he has used include Hohner and Lee Oskar harmonicas.[59]

Daltrey uses Shure microphones with cords that are taped to reinforce the connection and avoid cutting his hands when he swings and catches the microphone. He commonly uses a standard Shure SM58,[60] but has also used Shure SM78 (in 1981), Shure model 565D Unisphere 1, and Shure model 548 Unidyne IV.[61] Daltrey also uses a hybrid monitoring system with one in-ear monitor supplemented by floor wedges.[62]

Acting career[edit]

Films[edit]

Daltrey in Boston's House of Blues, 2009

After the Who retired from active work in 1983, Daltrey developed his career in film and on the theatre stage. Daltrey's appearances in over 30 feature films include early starring roles in Tommy (1975), as "deaf, dumb and blind boy" Tommy Walker; Lisztomania (1975), as Hungarian composer Franz Liszt; The Legacy (1978), a horror film about a devil's curse in which he played Clive Jackson, and McVicar (1980), as British armed-robber-turned-journalist John McVicar. Through the 1980s and 1990s, he appeared in various musicals and dramas, including The Beggar's Opera, The Comedy of Errors, The Little Match Girl, Mack the Knife and Buddy's Song.

In 1992, Daltrey appeared as the voice of Barnaby in The Real Story of Happy Birthday to You, a Canadian children's animation television special along with American actor and voice actor Ed Asner. In 2001, he starred in the film Chasing Destiny, where he gave actor Drake Bell his initial guitar lessons. In 2003, he starred as the voice of Argon the Dragon Bus Driver in the award-winning children's DVD called The Wheels on the Bus: Mango and Papaya's Animal Adventure from Armstrong Moving Pictures. The DVD featured Daltrey as a costumed children's dragon, who drove a bus for two lost puppets trying to return to their home at the zoo. Daltrey provided the vocals for children's classics, such as "The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round", in addition to songs written specifically for the home video. He later appeared in two other videos for this series.

In addition to his career as an actor, Daltrey has been producer on several films, including: Buddy's Song (1990), McVicar (1980), and Quadrophenia (1979).[63]

Television[edit]

Daltrey has played a number of television roles, including BBC Television Shakespeare as both Dromios in The Comedy of Errors, the police drama series The Bill, the science fiction series Sliders as Col. Angus Rickman, the VH1 series Strange Frequency 2, Witchblade as the devil, and was a recurring guest star in Highlander: The Series as Immortal Hugh Fitzcairn, one of the closest friends of lead character Duncan MacLeod. In 1983, he played Macheath, the outlaw hero of BBC TV's production of John Gay's 1728 ballad opera, The Beggar's Opera.

In 1986, Daltrey appeared in the TV series Buddy. In 1993, he guest-starred (along with Steve Buscemi) in an episode of Tales From the Crypt entitled "Forever Ambergris". Daltrey appeared as an alien assassin villain, Tez, in a 1996 episode of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. He also played Nobby Clegg, a character named after the band Nobby Clegg and the Civilians, in the Showtime series Rude Awakening.

Daltrey took part in an episode of the animated series The Simpsons, "A Tale of Two Springfields", providing the voice for himself, along with John Entwistle (Pete Townshend's voice was supplied by his brother Paul). In this episode, The Who helped Homer break down a wall he had built through the town of Springfield.

A self-described history buff, Daltrey often involves himself in history research related media including television documentaries. Pirate Tales from 1997, is a documentary/action show about the Golden Age of Piracy in the 18th century, in which Daltrey impersonated English buccaneer William Dampier in a main role as the narrator throughout the series. In 2003, he hosted the History Channel's Extreme History with Roger Daltrey[64] talking about historical events and explaining the survival techniques the civilisations treated had available. He also appeared in "That '70s Musical", the 100th episode of That '70s Show as Fez's musical director.

Daltrey guest-starred in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation during season 7 (episode 9, "Living Legend", originating in 2006) as Mickey Dunn, a former Las Vegas 1970s gangster who returns to Las Vegas to avenge his attempted murder. The Who's music, and Daltrey's singing, provide the themes for CSI and all other offshoots:

In 2005, Daltrey made a cameo appearance as himself in the episode "The Priest and the Beast" in Series 2 of The Mighty Boosh. He is found by the main characters vacuuming a desert, presumably as a "karmic" consequence of leaving Woodstock early and not helping to clean up. Also in 2005, he played the part of loblolly boy in the TV drama Trafalgar Surgeon.

Besides acting, Daltrey has performed on the soundtrack of a number of films and television shows, most notably CSI. He also appeared in the music video for "Emotion" by Barbra Streisand, although neither he nor the Who were the featured act.

Stage[edit]

Daltrey has appeared in stage in productions including Mike Batt's The Hunting of the Snark in 1987 as the Barrister, and also in Batt's Philharmania with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1998. He appeared in The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True in 1995 as the Tin Man. Also in 1995, he starred in a three part Bert Coules BBC radio dramatisation of the Mutiny on the Bounty novels of Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, and in 1996 he starred in a BBC Radio 2 production of Jesus Christ Superstar as Judas. In 1998, Daltrey played the part of Scrooge in the Radio City Music Hall production of A Christmas Carol in New York City. In 2003, he starred as Alfred P. Doolittle in a production of My Fair Lady at the Hollywood Bowl alongside John Lithgow and Melissa Errico.

Filmography[edit]

Daltrey has acted in advertisements, television shows, and films, and maintains an extensive filmography. A sampling of his films and TV roles follows:[63]

Daltrey prior to a screening of The Who Live at Kilburn 1977 at the ArcLight Sherman Oaks, 2008
List of acting performances in film and television
Title Year Role Notes
Tommy 1975 Tommy Walker film
Lisztomania 1975 Franz Liszt film
The Legacy 1978 Clive film
McVicar 1980 John McVicar also producer
The Beggar's Opera 1983 Macheath BBC musical production
The Comedy of Errors 1983 The Dromios TV film
Bitter Cherry 1983 short
Murder: Ultimate Grounds for Divorce 1984 Roger Cunningham film
Pop Pirates 1984 Producer film
Buddy 1986 Terry Clark TV series
The Hunting of the Snark 1987 The Barrister concert appearance
The Little Match Girl 1987 Jeb Macklin musical film
Crossbow 1987 Francois Arconciel/François Arconciel TV series
Gentry 1987 Colin TV series
How to Be Cool 1988 Himself TV series
Mack the Knife 1990 Street singer musical film
Forgotten Prisoners: The Amnesty Files 1990 Howard TV film
Cold Justice 1989 Keith Gibson film
Buddy's Song 1991 Terry Clark film, also music score composer, producer
Midnight Caller 1991 Danny Bingham TV series
If Looks Could Kill – Teen Agent 1991 Blade film
The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert 1992 Himself concert performance
The Real Story of Happy Birthday to You 1992 Barnaby (voice) short
Tales from the Crypt 1993 Dalton Scott TV series
Highlander 1993–98 Hugh Fitzcairn TV series
Lightning Jack 1994 John T. Coles film
A Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who 1994 Himself concert performance
The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True 1995 Tin Man concert performance
Bad English I: Tales of a Son of a Brit 1995 film
Vampirella 1996 Vlad film
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1996 Tez TV series
Sliders 1997 Col. Angus Rickman TV series
Pirate Tales 1997 William Dampier TV mini-series
Like It Is 1998 Kelvin film
The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns 1999 King Boric TV film
Rude Awakening 1999–2000 Nobby Clegg TV series
The Bill 1999 Larry Moore TV series
Dark Prince: The True Story of Dracula 2000 King Janos TV film
Best 2000 Rodney Marsh film
The Young Messiah – Messiah XXI 2000 Himself concert performance
The Simpsons (episode "A Tale of Two Springfields") 2000 Himself, as The Who TV series
Strange Frequency 2 2001 Host/devil TV series
Chasing Destiny 2001 Nehemiah Peoples film
Witchblade 2001 Father Del Toro/Madame Sesostris TV series
.com for Murder 2002 Ben film
That '70s Show 2002 Mr. Wilkinson TV series
The Wheels on the Bus 2003 Argon the dragon children's DVD
Trafalgar Battle Surgeon 2005 Loblolly Boy TV film
The Mighty Boosh 2005 Himself TV series, Series 2 episode 2 'The Priest and the Beast'
Johnny Was 2006 Jimmy Nolan film
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2006 Mickey Dunn TV series
The Last Detective 2007 Mick Keating TV series
Once Upon a Time 2012 Caterpillar TV series (uncredited)
Pawn Stars 2013 Himself 1 Episode

Literary work[edit]

Daltrey contributed to a collection of childhood fishing stories published in 1996 entitled I Remember: Reflections on Fishing in Childhood.[65] In 2009, he contributed a foreword to Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere: The Complete Chronicle of The Who 1958–1978 by Andrew Neill and Matt Kent.[66] In 2011, he wrote a tribute article in honour of the late Ken Russell which was published in Britain's Daily Express.[67] In October 2018, he published his memoir, Thanks a Lot Mr. Kibblewhite: My Story.

Awards and achievements[edit]

In 1976, Daltrey was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for "Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture" for his starring role in the film version of the Who's rock opera Tommy. He also performed as a guest on the Chieftains' recording of Irish Evening: Live at the Grand Opera House which won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album in 1993. With the Who, Daltrey received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001 for outstanding artistic significance in music.

In 1990, Daltrey was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio as a member of the Who.[68] The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame also included three songs that Daltrey recorded with the Who on the list of 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, including: "My Generation", "Go to the Mirror!", and "Baba O'Riley".[69] In 2005, Daltrey received a British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors Gold Badge Award for special and lasting contributions to the British entertainment industry.[70][71]

In 2003, Daltrey was honoured by Time magazine as a European Hero for his work with the Teenage Cancer Trust and other charities.[72] In the New Year's Honours List published on 31 December 2004, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to Music, the Entertainment Industry and Charity.[73]

As a member of the Who, Daltrey was inducted in 2005 into the UK Music Hall of Fame.[74] In December 2008, he and Pete Townshend were honoured with America's most prestigious cultural awards as recipients of the 31st annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. by then-President of the United States, George W. Bush.[75] On 4 March 2009, three days after his 65th birthday, Daltrey accepted the James Joyce Award from the Literary and Historical Society of University College Dublin for outstanding success in the music field.[76]

On 12 March 2011, he received the Steiger Award (Germany) for excellence in music.[77] In November 2011, Daltrey and Pete Townshend received the Classic Album Award for Quadrophenia from the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards at the Roundhouse in London.

In July 2012, Daltrey received an honorary degree from Middlesex University in recognition of his contributions to music.[78]

Daltrey has received numerous awards for his music, including Best Blues Album in the British Blues Awards 2015 alongside Wilko Johnson.[79]

Charities[edit]

Daltrey at the Hyde Park Live 8 concert in 2005

Daltrey has supported many charities both as a solo artist, and jointly with other members of the Who. In 1976, he performed at the Celtic Football Ground in Glasgow. An audience of 35,000 attended and a sum of over £100,000 was donated to charity. He sang a cover version of Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" for a charity single released as McEnroe & Cash with the Full Metal Rackets for Rock Aid Armenia in 1986, and performed with the Who at Concert for Kampuchea in 1979, and Live Aid in 1985.[citation needed]

Daltrey appeared in The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True in 1995 for the Children's Defense Fund, and at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert to benefit AIDS research in 1992. Daltrey's 1994 Celebration raised funds to support Babies and Children's Hospital in New York City, as well.[citation needed]

With the Who, he performed for the Robin Hood Foundation at the Concert for New York City, and other benefits in 2001; at Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit in 1999; and in the Quadrophenia Concert for the Prince's Trust in Hyde Park, 1996. In addition, Daltrey performed at benefits in Vail, Colorado, in 1999, and attended a PETA benefit with Sarah McLachlan, and Chrissie Hynde in the same year.[citation needed]

All of the Who's Encore Series profits go to young people's charities. Daltrey was instrumental in starting the Teenage Cancer Trust concert series in 2000, with the Who actually playing in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, and 2010, and Daltrey playing solo in 2011, and in 2015 as the Who. The annual concerts have raised over £20 million. He has endorsed the Whodlums, a Who tribute band which raise money for the Trust.[80] Daltrey played benefit gigs with the RD Crusaders in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008; performed with the Who at Live 8 in 2005, for the Nordoff-Robbins Silver Clef benefit in 2005, and for the Los Angeles area City of Hope benefit in 2001, and 2004. The Who played with special guest Michael J. Fox at the 2008 "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's" benefit.[citation needed]

Daltrey performed at the first ChildLine Rocks concert at London's the O2 on 13 March 2008.[81] In 2009, Daltrey was a judge for the 8th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists.[82][83] In the same year, he appeared again on stage with Michael J. Fox for the "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's" benefit. In April 2010, he headlined the Imagine A Cure II show honouring the legacy of John Lennon, which raised money for the Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer charity. In 2011, Daltrey became a patron of the Children's Respite Trust for children with disabilities.[84]

In 2011, Daltrey, Steven Tyler, and Julie Andrews provided funding for Robert S. Langer's research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology into vocal cord repair for victims of cancer and other disorders.[85] On 4 November 2011, Daltrey and Pete Townshend launched the Daltrey/Townshend Teen and Young Adult Cancer Programme at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, to be funded by the Who's charity Who Cares?.[86] The launch, followed on 5 November by a fund-raising event, was also attended by Robert Plant, and Dave Grohl.[87] Daltrey also announced that a portion of ticket sales from his solo tours would go to fund the teen cancer centres. In 2012, he offered his support to a project helping unemployed young people in Heathfield, run by Tomorrow's People Trust.[88]

Politics[edit]

In 1970, Daltrey publicly supported The National Campaign for Freedom of Information, saying: "I come from a working-class background and I am proud of it and I intend to fight for the workers' right to know. We all need to know what goes on behind the scenes that is causing this country's economic mess. When we have a Freedom of Information Act in this country we shall have restored our Right to Know the Truth and that will bring sanity to our tax laws."[89]

Daltrey was previously a supporter of the British Labour Party, but he withdrew his support citing his opposition to the "mass immigration" policies put in place under the Blair government.[90] In 2018, he expressed criticism of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, describing him as a "communist".[91]

Daltrey supported Britain leaving the European Union.[92] He wrote in The Mirror: "Whatever happens our country should never fear the consequences of leaving. We went into the Common Market in 1973. Do you know what was going on before we went in? It was the 1960s. The most exciting time ever – Britain was Swinging. Films, Theatre, Fashion, Art and Music... Britain was the centre of the world. You got that because Britain was doing its own thing. It was independent. Not sure we'll ever get that again when we're ruled by bureaucrats in the European Union."[93] He once again criticised the EU in 2019, saying, "If you want to be signed up to be ruled by a f****** mafia, you do it. Like being governed by FIFA".[94]

In 2017, Daltrey asserted that a "dead dog" could have defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 United States presidential election.[95] In 2018, he criticised the Me Too movement, saying: "I find this whole thing so obnoxious. It's always allegations and it's just salacious crap."[96]

Personal life[edit]

Daltrey has been married twice. In 1964, he married Jacqueline "Jackie" Rickman, and later that year they welcomed their son Simon; they divorced in 1968. In 1967, another son, Mathias, was the result of his affair with Swedish model Elisabeth Aronsson.[63] In 1968 he met Heather Taylor, a model who was born in the UK, living with her grandmother at the time, and the subject of the 1967 Jimi Hendrix song Foxy Lady.[97] Daltrey and Taylor were introduced by her friend, who knew she was down after a recent break-up with Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin (personal account from Taylor's parents[98]). Daltrey and Taylor have been married since 1971, and have three children together: daughters Rosie Lea (born in 1972) and Willow Amber (born in 1975),[99] and son Jamie (born in 1981).

On 1 March 1994 – the day of his 50th birthday – Daltrey received a letter from a woman claiming to be his daughter, from a brief relationship during the interval between his marriages.[100] Within a few years, Daltrey met two more daughters born during this period in the late 1960s.[100] All three girls had been adopted and grown to adulthood before meeting their biological father; Daltrey states that Heather joined him in welcoming the three daughters to their extended family.[97] He points out that the couple embrace the extended family, which he affectionately refers to as "the whole tribe", even going on vacations that include his son Simon, his first wife Jackie, and Jackie's children by her second marriage.[100] As well as his eight children, Daltrey has fifteen grandchildren.[101]

In 1971, Daltrey bought a farm at Holmshurst Manor, near Burwash, Sussex.[89]

In 1978, during the recording of the Who's album Who Are You, Daltrey had throat surgery to remove nodules after an infection.[102] During a solo tour in 2009, Daltrey began finding it harder to reach the high notes. In December 2010, he was diagnosed with vocal cord dysplasia, and consulted Steven M. Zeitels, Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Voice Center and professor at Harvard Medical School. Zeitels performed laser surgery to remove the possibly pre-cancerous growth.[103] Both surgeries were considered successful. As dysplasia recurs Daltrey has regular checks to monitor his condition.[104] Daltrey has an allergy to cannabis that affects his singing voice; when second-hand marijuana smoke from an audience has impacted his performance, he has been known to pause the concert to request that people not smoke it.[105] Daltrey has stated that he has never taken hard drugs.[106][107]

Daltrey is a supporter of Arsenal F.C.[108]

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