Author appeals for memories of The Who in Norfolk – anyway, anyhow, anywhere

The Who in 1968, pictured with Eli, the baby elephant, and models Nicola Austine (left) and Toni Lee

The Who in 1968, pictured with Eli, the baby elephant, and models Nicola Austine (left) and Toni Lee on a ride on the Magic Bus from the BBCs Lime Grove studios. Members of the group are - from left - Roger Daltrey (lead singer), Keith Moon (drums), Peter Townsend (lead guitar), and John Entwhistle (bass guitar). Photo: PA. - Credit: PA

Legendary rock band The Who played in Norfolk a number of times during the sixties, and author Richard Houghton is appealing for people to share their memories of these gigs for his latest book.

Advert in the Yarmouth Mercury for The Who playing at the Britannia Theatre. Date: 24 Jun 1966.

Advert in the Yarmouth Mercury for The Who playing at the Britannia Theatre. Date: 24 Jun 1966. - Credit: Archant

At the time it was the early days of The Who. The group was formed in 1964 and would go on to become one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century.

To date The Who have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, with a huge array of hits including My Generation, I Can't Explain, I Can See for Miles, Substitute and Won't Get Fooled Again.

Now Mr Houghton wants to write what he calls a 'people's history' of The Who's first years, and as part of this he wants to hear from people who went to the band's Norfolk gigs between 1965 and 1970, including at Norwich Lads' Club, the Britannia Theatre in Great Yarmouth and Cromer Links.

Richard Houghton, 56, who has also written The Beatles: I Was There and You Had To Be There: The Rolling Stones Live, said: 'The Who have been performing for over 50 years and lots of books have been written about them. But I want to tell their story in the words of the people who saw The Who when they were starting out and use those teenage memories to help me capture a little piece of music history.'

Report in the Evening News of The Who gig at the Norwich Lads Club. Date: 7 Dec 1970.

Report in the Evening News of The Who gig at the Norwich Lads Club. Date: 7 Dec 1970. - Credit: Archant


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About The Who's Norfolk gigs, he said: 'The Who played Norfolk nine times between 1965 and 1970...their last performance was at the Lads' Club in Norwich on December 5, 1970 when they had already appeared at Woodstock and the Isle of Wight Festival and were on their way to becoming one of the biggest acts in the world along with the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin.

'They were a must-see live act at the time and famed for smashing their instruments on stage and the number of loudspeakers they used, as well as racking up a string of hit singles... People who were teenagers in the 60s will have some great memories of these evenings, which I'd like to capture.'

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To get in touch with Mr Houghton, email thewhointhe60s@gmail.com or write to Richard Houghton, 1 Totnes Road, Manchester, M21 8XF.

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