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About Roger Daltrey

Roger Daltrey is one of the founding fathers of the British rock boom. As frontman of the legendary band The Who, Daltrey was at the forefront of the British Invasion, with bands such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, taking a very British take on American music back across the Atlantic Ocean to rave reviews. Singing songs composed by The Who's lead guitarist Pete Townshend, Daltrey's powerful delivery influenced many would be vocalists to take up the microphone themselves. With highlights such as My Generation's stop start, stuttering proclamations about dying before he gets old and the emotional release of the scream at the end of Won't Get Fooled Again, coupled with the trademark flowing locks and swinging microphones, Daltrey's work as a frontman was unparalleled by any of his contemporaries.

While it has remained clear that The Who has always been Daltrey's No. 1 priority, he has been releasing solo projects since 1973, when debut album Daltrey provided him with the top five single Giving It All Away. Recorded when The Who were on a break from touring, the album showcased the songwriting of Leo Sayer, who since became a recording artist in his own right. Daltrey's solo work gave him the opportunity to put his own stamp on songs, rather than working within the confines of the band.

When The Who produced the motion picture version of their 1969 rock opera Tommy, Daltrey was the obvious choice to play the lead role, starring alongside such musical icons as Tina Turner, Elton John, Eric Clapton and the other members of The Who. Daltrey's compelling performance as the deaf, dumb and blind kid earned him a Golden Globes nomination for Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture. Daltrey has collaborated with artists such as Meat Loaf, Barry Gibb and Barbra Streisand.

As you can imagine for a musician with such a long and celebrated career, Daltrey has won many awards and accolades over the years. As a member of The Who, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, as well as the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Charity work for the Teenage Cancer Trust and other good causes saw Daltrey named a European Hero by Time Magazine in 2003, and he was recognised by the Queen for services to Music, the Entertainment Industry and Charity, receiving the CBE in 2004.