Today in Music History: Honoring The Who's John Entwistle

John Entwistle with his bass.
John Entwistle with his bass. (Wikimedia Commons)

History Highlight:

Today in 2002, one day before the first show of The Who's 2002 US tour, bass player John Entwistle died in his hotel room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. He was 57-years old. When The Who first arrived on the scene, Entwistle's style featured a then-unusual trebly sound (which he described as "full treble, full volume") which influenced many players, and in 2011, a Rolling Stone reader poll selected him as the Greatest Bassist of All Time. We played The Who's "My Generation," a song containing one of the earliest bass solos (if not the first) captured on a rock record.

Also, Today In:

1971 - New York venue Fillmore East was closed down after only three years in business. Owned by legendary concert promoter Bill Graham, the club was opened as the companion to the original Fillmore in San Francisco and was succeeded by the Fillmore West, also in San Francisco. Many live albums were recorded in this space by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Love, Miles Davis, and others.

1988 - MCA Records bought Motown Records for $61 million.

1994 - During a free concert by The Fugees in Harlem, a man started to fire shots from a gun, injuring 22 people.

Birthdays:

Beach Boy Bruce Johnston is 72 today.