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Today The Who frontman turns 78-years-old! Roger Daltrey has rocked the stage and wailed his powerful voice to the world since The Who formed in 1964 as one of the top bands of the mod scene in London. While he is well-known to the world, here are some fun facts you might not known about the rock singer:
- Daltrey is ranked #53 on VH1’s “100 Sexiest Artists.”
- Before his professional career took off with The Who, Daltrey was a sheet-metal worker.
- He created his first guitar, an imitation cherry red Stratocaster, by carving a block of wood.
- He received the C.B.E. (Commander of the order of the British Empire) in 2005.
- In 1959, Daltrey became the lead guitarist of the skiffle group The Detours.
- Daltrey once punched a policeman (without uniform on) on stage who was trying to warn him that the next-door grocery store was on fire because he thought he was just a fan trying to steal the microphone.
- In 1976, Roger Daltrey was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for “Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture” when he starred in The Who’s rock opera Tommy based on their album of the same name.
- Roger Daltrey opened a Brighton clothing store called “Cheap and Cheerful” in 1981.
- Daltrey appeared in Barbra Streisand’s music video for her song Emotion.
- Roger Daltrey has been an avid supporter of several charities and nonprofits including the Children’s Respite Trust and The National Campaign for Freedom of Information.
Watch Roger Daltrey with The Who perform My Generation live in 1967 here: