A: HAPPY JACK
B: UK: I’VE BEEN AWAY
B: US: WHISKEY MAN
UK: Reaction 591010. Released: December 9, 1966. Highest chart position: #3.
US: Decca 32114. Released March 18, 1967. Highest chart position: #24.
HAPPY JACK Written by Pete Townshend. Produced by Kit Lambert. Recorded at IBC Studios, November 1966.
I’VE BEEN AWAY Written by John Entwistle. Produced by Kit Lambert. Recorded at Regent Sound, London, November 1966.
The US B-side was WHISKEY MAN written by John Entwistle. Produced by Kit Lambert. Recorded at IBC STudios, London, August 1966.
Listen out for Pete’s “I saw yer!” at the end of HAPPY JACK. Keith had been banned from the studio whilst the vocals were being done and had make a sneaky re-appearance. In the US HAPPY JACK was the first Who single to have a picture sleeve. The sleeve shows a caricature of the group by British artist Ralph Steadman.