Staxipedia Express : “Who” invented the Rock Opera?

When Daltrey, Entwistle and Moon failed to write their quota for The Who’s second LP (1966), producer/manager Kit Lambert suggested Townshend bridge the gap. Hence the nine-minute, six-part “A Quick One”. The budget was too tight for a string section, hence their chant of “cello, cello” in place of the real thing. That’s how The Who invented the rock opera… by accident!

Lois Wilson / Mojo

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