Together with Pete Townshend and Jon Entwhistle, London-born singer/guitarist Roger Daltrey was one of the founding members of the British hard-rock group The Who. While Townsend was at first the head man of the group, Daltrey quickly emerged as the lead singer, with a particular gift for all-stops-out "soul" interpretations. Daltrey assumed the central role of the deaf/dumb/blind pinball wizard in The Who's rock opera Tommy when the piece was adapted for film by director Ken Russell in 1975. He then portrayed a very revisionist Franz Liszt (bare-bottom scenes and all) in Russell's outrageous biopic Lisztomania (1975). Roger Daltry has continued accepting occasional film roles into the 1990s, and was also co-producer of the 1980 film McVicar. Daltrey would continue to make forays into film over the coming years, appearing on shows like Rude Awakening and Once Upon a Time.
Biography by Hal Erickson
- Grew up in the same neighborhood as future Who band mates Pete Townshend and John Entwistle.
- Supported himself by working as a sheet-metal worker during the day while playing guitar with his band, the Detours, at night.
- Recruited Entwistle to the Detours after their bassist quit; when the group's rhythm guitarist left, Entwistle called upon Townshend, a former band mate, to join.
- Released his first studio album with the Who, The Who Sings My Generation, in 1965; was briefly kicked out of the band the same year after he flushed drummer Keith Moon's drugs down a toilet.
- Made his solo debut in 1973 with Daltrey.
- Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as part of the Who, in 1990.
- Made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.
- Is a patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust, for which he organizes charity concerts at Royal Albert Hall.