Peter Dennis Blandford “Pete” Townshend (born 19 May 1945) is an English musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, known principally as the guitarist and songwriter for the rock group the Who. His career with the Who spans 50 years, during which time the band grew to be considered one of the most influential bands of the 1960s and 1970s. Townshend was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Who in 1990.
Townshend is the primary songwriter for the Who, having written well over 100 songs for the band’s 11 studio albums. He has also written over 100 songs that have appeared on his solo albums, as well as radio jingles and television theme songs.
Although known primarily as a guitarist, he also plays other instruments such as keyboards, banjo, accordion, harmonica, ukulele, mandolin, violin, synthesiser, bass guitar and drums, on his own solo albums, several Who albums, and as a guest contributor to a wide array of other artists’ recordings. He is self-taught on all of the instruments he plays and has never had any formal training.
Let My Love Open the Door
And I Moved