Pete Townshend

1945 - Today

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Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (born 19 May 1945) is an English guitarist, singer and composer. He is co-founder, leader, principal songwriter, guitarist and secondary lead vocalist of the Who, one of the most influential rock bands of the 1960's and 1970's.Townshend has written more than 100 songs for 12 of the Who's studio albums. These include concept albums, the rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia, plus popular rock radio staples such as Who's Next; as well as dozens more that appeared as non-album singles, bonus tracks on reissues, and tracks on rarities compilations such as Odds & Sods (1974). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pete Townshend has received more than 4,180,451 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Pete Townshend is the 191st most popular musician (up from 254th in 2019), the 760th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 905th in 2019) and the 44th most popular British Musician.

Pete Townshend is most famous for being the guitarist and songwriter for the British rock band The Who. He is also known for being the author of the rock opera Tommy.

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Among musicians, Pete Townshend ranks 191 out of 2,675Before him are Alicia Keys, John Cale, J. J. Cale, Violeta Parra, Bill Wyman, and Giovanni Battista Viotti. After him are Nikolai Rubinstein, Dr. Alban, Kitarō, Caetano Veloso, Ian Paice, and Stéphane Grappelli.

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Among people born in 1945, Pete Townshend ranks 53Before him are Roger Glover, James Avery, Nikita Mikhalkov, Richard Thaler, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, and Bryan Ferry. After him are Adly Mansour, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Linda Hunt, Bette Midler, Joseph Kosuth, and Carmen Maura.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Pete Townshend ranks 760 out of 6,924Before him are John Frederic Daniell (1790), John Cale (1942), Bryan Ferry (1945), Bill Wyman (1936), Chaim Herzog (1918), and Kenneth Branagh (1960). After him are James Mill (1773), Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764), Paul Grice (1913), Tim Roth (1961), Arthur Cayley (1821), and Joseph Wright of Derby (1734).

Among MUSICIANS In United Kingdom

Among musicians born in United Kingdom, Pete Townshend ranks 44Before him are Nick Mason (1944), Jacqueline du Pré (1945), Roger Glover (1945), John Paul Jones (1946), John Cale (1942), and Bill Wyman (1936). After him are Ian Paice (1948), Ian Curtis (1956), Keith Moon (1946), Brian Eno (1948), Ronnie Wood (1947), and Slash (1965).