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Pete Townshend reckons The Beatles copied The Who

Pete Townshend reckons The Beatles copied The Who

Pete Townshend reckons The Beatles copied The Who
April 20
09:40 2021

Today in hot takes, Pete Townshend has accused The Beatles of copying The Who on their iconic 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. 

During a conversation with Rolling Stone, the interview asked Pete Townshend: “The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper [in May 1967] at the beginning of The Who Sell Out [released in December 1967] era. Did that inspire you at all? They framed their songs around the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ idea and you framed yours around a pirate radio station.”

Townshend replied: “No, no. Come on. The Beatles copied us! Paul McCartney came up to me at the Bag O’Nails [music club], which we mention in the album artwork. He was always very, very sweet to me… I should say that first.”

He continued: “But he said to me that he really loved our mini-opera, which was called ‘A Quick One, While He’s Away.’”

“That was on the album that preceded The Who Sell Out. And he told me they were thinking about doing similar things.”

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Martin Nethercutt

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Martin A Nethercutt is a writer, singer, producer and loves music. Creative Director at McCartney Studios Editor-in-Chief at McCartney Times Creator-in-Chief at Geist Musik President (title) at McCartney Multimedia, Inc. Went to Albert-Schweitzer-Schule Kassel Lives in Playa del Rey From Kassel, Germany Married to Ruth McCartney

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