390. Pete Townshend

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Pete Townshend is already in as a member of the Who, and he is likely the only one from that band that has any reasonable shot at a second induction. Considered the brains behind the Who, Townshend continued that a series of provocative solo albums. He managed a few hits, and was still able to Rock out when needed, but his focus on his other writings led to a solo career that was not as extensive as it could have been. A second induction for Townshend while possible is probably doubtful.




The Bullet Points:

Eligible Since:



Country of Origin:

United Kingdom (London, England)


Nominated In:



NIHOF’s Favorite Album:

White City - A Novel (1985)


NIHOF’s Favorite Song:

Give Blood (From White City – A Novel, 1985)

Should Pete Townshend be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 60%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 8.6%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 14.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 17.1%
Last modified on Thursday, 08 March 2018 22:06
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+2 #2 Darryl Tahirali 2013-10-15 00:44
I hate to play the equivalency card, but if George Harrison merits entrance as a solo artist based on his meager post-Beatles output, then Townshend is a shoo-in based on that induction!
+2 #1 Musicologist999 -0001-11-30 00:00
I don't need to convince anyone that Pete Townshend is a musical genius. And yes, he's already in with The Who, which is fantastic. But his solo work is *also* fantastic. His solo albums like Empty Glass, All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes and White City contain some of the greatest songs he's ever done, and he did NOT record them with The Who. The only thing standing in Townshend 9;s way for a solo induction is that his solo albums never sold as well as his stuff with The Who. But, very needless to say, the man has his worldwide fans, and his influence is undeniable. His impressive solo work speaks for itself. Pete Townshend definitely deserves another shot at the Hall Of Fame as a solo artist.

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