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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
11th December 1941 Dutch government in London declares war on Italy
11th December 1936 King Edward VIII abdicated from the British throne to marry Wallis Simpson.
11th December 1930 Eccentric violinist Leonard Friedman was born in London.
Pete & John's First Band
It was here that The Who founders first formed 'The Confederates
Location: St Mary's Road, Ealing, London, W5 5RF
Description: 'Pete Townshend' was born Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend on the 19th May 1945 in Chiswick. He is now an established English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, composer, and writer, known principally as the guitarist and songwriter for The Who, as well as for his own solo career.
But where did it all start?
Well it seems 'Ealing Art College', or what was then known as Ealing Technical College & School of Art, a further education institution on St Mary's Road, Ealing - the site today is a campus of Thames Valley University.
But then a year after enrolling, he and his school friend from Acton County Grammar School 'John Entwistle' founded their first band, The Confederates, a Dixieland duet featuring Townshend on banjo and Entwistle on horn.
Townshend became known for his eccentric stage style during the band's early days, often interrupting concerts with lengthy introductions of songs, swinging his right arm against the guitar strings in his signature windmill style, often smashing guitars on stage, and often repeatedly throwing his guitars into his amplifiers and speaker cabinets.
Tagged in this Tour: The Who in London