40s

The Story of The Who - 1944

25 May

The Who perform their last show with Keith before an invited audience at Shepperton Studios. It is filmed for inclusion in The Kids Are Alright.

14 July

‘Who Are You’ single released. It reaches number 18 in the UK charts and number 14 in the US.

30 July

Former Who publicist Peter Meaden found dead.

1 August

Who fans ‘Irish’ Jack Lyon, Steve Margo and Peter Johns organise a Who memorabilia exhibition at the ICA in The Mall, London, that is attended by Pete and Keith.

18 August

Who Are You LP released.

7 September

Keith dies in his rented Mayfair flat from an accidental overdose of pills he had been taking to combat alcoholism. An open verdict is recorded. The rock world mourns one of its favourite sons.

8 September

The Who vow to continue.

30 September

Production of the Quadrophenia film commences.