On this day 19 May, 1945 the legend was born. Happy birthday Mr. PETE TOWNSHEND is an English guitarist, musician, singer, songwriter, and Multi- instrumentalist best known as the lead guitarist and co-founder of the rock band THE WHO one of the most influential bands of the 20th century. Townshend is the main songwriter of the band having written over 100 songs for the band's. As guitarist and composer of the band, he became the driving force behind one of the most powerful, inventive and articulate bodies of work in rock. Pete spent all of the Sixties and much of the Seventies concentrating his creative energies on The Who. In concert he became recognised as the most visual guitarist of his and future generations, careering around the stage, leaping into the air and spinning his arm across the strings in his trademark ‘windmill’ fashion. He developed a unique guitar style, a cross between rhythm and lead which veered from furiously strummed chord patterns and crunching power chords to chromatic scales and delicate finger-picking. On top of this he frequently smashed his guitar into smithereens at the climax of a performance THE WHO. In 1983 Townshend received the British Award for lifetime achievement, in 1990 he inducted into the rock n roll hall of fame as a member of THE WHO. In 2001 received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2008 received Kennedy Center Honors, and in May 2016 received The George and Ira Gershwin Award for lifetime musical achievement. He was probably the first guitarist for using the feedback in his style. He influenced by Howlin Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, Little Water, and Chuck Berry. He was also strongly influenced by cellist Malcolm Cecil.
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