Who is the Lead Singer of The Who? Roger Daltrey started The Who while working in a sheet metal factory. Before they became the guitar-smashing, mic-swinging mix of testosterone and sensitivity that changed the world, the band went through many different stages. But Daltrey had already been through a hard time before The Who became a rock star.
He was born into a working-class family, and when the Nazis bombed London, he, his mother, and many other children were sent to Scotland to live in a small room on a farm. When he got home, his father was distraught, and he was in real need. But he tells Alec that the environment was “rich” with love and opportunities and that he ended up in elementary school with songwriter Pete Townshend and bassist John Entwistle.
What happened after that is Rock history, which Daltrey helped shape. In this episode of Here’s the Thing and in his new book, Thanks a Lot, Mr. Kibblewhite, out now, he talks about it with humor and pride.
About Roger Daltrey
Roger Harry Daltrey CBE was born in England on March 1, 1944. He sings, plays music, and acts. He helped start the rock band The Who and is its lead singer.
“My Generation,” “Pinball Wizard,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “Baba O’Riley,” and “You Better You Bet” are all hit songs that Daltrey wrote with The Who. In 1973, while he was still a member of The Who, he started his solo career.
Since then, he’s put out ten studio albums by himself, five compilation albums, and one album of him performing live. “Giving It All Away,” “Walking the Dog,” “Written on the Wind,” “Free Me,” “Without Your Love,” and “Under a Raging Moon” are all hits he had on his own.
The Who is considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, and they have sold more than 100 million records worldwide. As a member of the band, Daltrey won the British Phonographic Industry’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1988 and the Grammy Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. In 1990, he was put in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2005, he was placed in the UK Music Hall of Fame.
The George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement was given to him and Pete Townshend at UCLA on May 21, 2016. Daltrey has also worked as an actor and film producer. He has had parts in movies, plays, and on TV. In 2009, Planet Rock listeners voted him to have the fifth-best voice in rock. In 2010, Rolling Stone ranked him as the 61st best singer of all time.