The Who [ Ð Ə h u ː ] is a British rock band, originally from London, in England. In its best known and most durable form, it is composed of singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon.
Initially performing an explosive rock 'n' roll, referred to as "maximum R & B" and precursor (after the Kinks of the first period) of the punk movement, the group knew many other styles according to the times: concept album (The Who Sell Out), psychedelic rock with offbeat lyrics (A Quick One While He's Away), opera-rock (Tommy, Quadrophenia), synthesizer loops (Who's Next ). Become one of the symbols of rock music of the 1960s, the Who influenced him as a whole; We owe them mythical songs like My Generation, Substitute, Pinball Wizard, Behind Blue Eyes, Baba O'Riley, Will Not Get Fooled Again, Who Are You or I Can See for Miles and many albums by the public.
The Who is one of the most important British rock bands of the 1960s-1970s, including the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Kinks, T. Rex, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, or Iron Maiden, as well as one of the actors of the British invasion in the United States. Sales of their albums are estimated at over 100 million worldwide.
During the first twelve years of their recording career - between 1965 and 1978 - they published nine albums and about fifteen original singles, until the death of drummer Keith Moon. After the death of Moon, the band released two more albums with drummer Kenney Jones before separating in 1983. The Who meet in the late 1980s, then in 1996 to no longer separate, despite the death of bassist John Entwistle in 2002. Since then, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey continue in duet, accompanied by musicians like Pino Palladino (bass) and Zak Starkey (drums).