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As lead singer with The Who, the über-rock vocalist and performer Roger Daltrey should need no introduction. Many would concur that he is, was and always has been one of the greatest in his field. His career with that classic English rock group is, however, for another time and place. Here we’ll concentrate on Daltrey’s fine solo work, including eight studio projects, several compilations and a classic live album: A Celebration: The Music Of Pete Townshend And The Who, recorded at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1994. (Given Daltrey’s acting credentials, it’s also worth seeking out his contributions to the excellent soundtracks LisztomaniaMcVicar, Mack The Knife and the all-star British Rock Symphony, among others.) Daltrey was still in The Who when he embarked on his own thing, in 1973, with the eponymous Daltrey, recorded in his studio barn in Burwash, East Sussex. Thereafter, he gave us great music on a regular basis before The Who’s renaissance took him back into the fold after partial reunions. They’ve kept fans on tenterhooks since reviving Quadrophenia in 1996, but always re-emerge stronger in spirit than ever. An ardent supporter of Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America, which he was instrumental in inaugurating in 2000, Daltrey is a also a committed contributor to a variety of other charity organisations: The Prince’s Trust, Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit, PETA, Childline and many more fund-raising causes that concentrate on the welfare of sick and needy youngsters. Despite the reputation that rock’n’rollers have for being crazy party animals, Daltrey is an advocate of clean living. Given his own political views and working-class background he is far removed from the flash lifestyle of some of his contemporaries. In 2004, he was appointed a Commander Of The Order Of The British Empire for his services to music, the entertainment industry and charity. Richly deserved as that was, he is also equally proud of his honourary degree from Middlesex University. In America, Daltrey, with The Who, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001 and was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to these accolades he has been honoured by Time magazine and, along with Who guitarist Pete Townshend, been acknowledged by the Kennedy Centre Honours. He was also tickled to accept the James Joyce Award from the Literary And Historical Society Of University College Dublin in 2009. Germany’s prestigious Steiger Award followed, as did a Roll Of Honour Award from Classic Rock magazine in 2011. Most recently, Daltrey and Townshend received the UCLA Student Alumni Association annual George And Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement. Yet he works hard at the day job. In 2014, Daltrey collaborated with the legendary Wilko Johnson on the vintage rhythm’n’blues album Going Back Home for the reactivated Chess Records. This critically acclaimed album found both veterans in outstanding form. As if to square the circle, that album was also recorded in East Sussex, in a modest studio, in the space of one week. That is real old school.
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