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Roger Daltrey was born on March 1, 1944, in Hammersmith, London, England. He was raised in Acton by parents Irene and Harry. Growing up he attended an all-boys school, Acton County Grammar School, where he met Pete Townshend and John Entwistle. He later joined their skiffle band and eventually became lead singer.
The band started off working nights at weddings, pubs and men’s clubs, but over time the band became a local sensation. At that time the band decided to re-establish their group as The Who. When they first came to fame, The Who consisted of four members: Daltrey (vocals), Pete Townshend (lead guitarist), John Entwistle (bass) and Keith Moon (drums).
The Who’s debut album, My Generation, was released by Brunswick Records in 1965. After its release, the band expressed that they felt extremely rushed on this project and were unsatisfied with the turnout of the album. Despite their view of their album, the public thought it was a hit. The song "My Generation" was a huge success, becoming one of The Who’s most recognizable songs. Written by Pete Townshend, "My Generation" was inspired by an incident where Queen Elizabeth allegedly had his Packyard hearse towed off the street because she was offended by the sight of it while driving by. The song lyrics illustrated youthful rebellion during this punk rock movement. In 2003 My Generation was ranked #236 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of all Time.
Over time The Who became extremely successful, releasing 11 albums from 1965-2006. One of the band's greatest accomplishments was being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. About a decade later, in 2001, The Who received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Artist Significance in Music.
Though he made a name for himself as the lead singer of The Who, Daltrey decided to pursue a separate path as well. He kicked off his solo music career in 1973 by releasing his first self-titled album, Daltrey. His top single off this album was "Giving it All Away," which introduced the young, talented Leo Sayer as a new songwriter. This song showcased Daltrey’s emotional energy. "That’s why I shut my eyes when I sing - I’m in another space, and the characters are living in me," Daltrey would often say. He poured himself into this album emotionally and expressed his own moods outside the context of The Who. This album proved to the public that Daltrey was capable of captivating an audience all by himself. "Giving it All Away" reached #5 in the UK.
Since beginning his solo music career, Daltrey has released eight albums. His second album, Ride a Rock Horse, released in 1975, was the second most successful album he has created as a solo artist. Daltrey used his freedom to experiment with his vocal range, one day singing a bluesy growl like Howlin Wolf and the next soft, sweet vocals with his daughter Willow.
Throughout the years, Roger Daltrey has enthralled fans with his mod, punk rock singing, but beyond his vocals Daltrey has also found success in film and theatre, appearing in over 30 feature films, including Tommy as Tommy Walker in 1975 and If Looks Could Kill as a teen agent named Blade. He has also starred in hit theatre productions such as The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True at the Lincoln Theatre, where he took on the role of playing the Tin Man. He also participated in A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden as Scrooge.
Daltrey has also been known for his humanitarian efforts. He raised over $1.2 million for the Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity that builds wards for cancer victims in the UK. He raised the money by performing at the Royal Albert Hall. In 2003, Time Magazine gave Roger a Humanitarian Award for his efforts. Two years later, in 2005, Queen Elizabeth II titled Roger Daltrey as Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his charitable efforts, good causes and services to music.