Monday 29th January 2018
Born in Shepherd’s Bush on 1 March 1944, Roger Daltrey CBE first assembled the group that would become The Who in 1961 while at Acton County School, recruiting John Entwistle and subsequently agreeing to John’s proposal that Pete Townshend should join. In those days Roger, whose daytime job was in a sheet metal factory, even made the band’s guitars, and it was his energy and ambition that drove the group during their formative years.
Daltrey’s solo career outside of The Who, began in 1973 promoting the single ‘Giving It All Away’ which reached number five in the UK charts. Roger has appeared on stage away from The Who on many occasions, and his 1994 solo concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall, with The Juillard Orchestra, was the fastest selling event in the venue’s history. Since 2000 he has been a patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust. That year, ticket sales and revenue from a DVD and CD of The Who & Friends raised over £1.2 million, and as a result Roger was given a Humanitarian Award in 2003 from Time magazine. The Teenage Cancer Trust shows have now become an established and eagerly awaited annual event at the Albert Hall. In February 2005, Roger was awarded a CBE by the Queen at Buckingham Palace for his services to music and good causes.
These incredible shows have played a vital role in making sure the charity can provide specialist support to young people with cancer across the UK. But for every young person Teenage Cancer Trust currently supports, there’s another they can’t. The artists who play these shows and the people who come along to see them will help the charity take big steps towards being able to support every young person who needs them.
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