Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend is an English musician, songwriter, singer and lead guitarist. His career with The Who which spans over a period of 50 years as the main songwriter saw the band grow and become one of the most influential bands of the 20th century. A recipient of the Brit Award for lifetime achievement, Pete Townshend has a net worth of $105 million.
Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend was born to a musical family on 19 May 1945, at Chiswick Hospital, West London. His father was a professional alto saxophonist in the Royal Air Force’s dance band The Squadronaires and his mother was a singer with the Sydney Torch and Les Douglass Orchestras. The couple split when Pete was just a toddler and he was sent to live with a maternal grandmother who was clinically insane. Luckily for him, two years later, the family reunited.
Pete didn’t have many friends and often spent his time reading adventure novels like Gulliver’s Travels and Treasure Island and enjoyed family picnics to seasides and the Isle of Man. In the summer of 1956, he started being fascinated towards American rock and roll for the first time.
But at that time, he wasn’t looking forward to a career as a professional musician but as a journalist. In 1956, his grandmother purchased his first guitar for Christmas. Though his father taught him a couple chords, he was mostly self-taught. He and his school friend formed their first tad jazz group, the Confederates.
They performed at a youth club and later Pete left the group due to a conflict between their members. Owing to lack of test scores to attend the university, Pete chose to study Graphic Design at Ealing Art College in 1961. Later in 1964, Townshend dropped out to a full-time focus on music.
In 1961, Pete joined The Detours, a rock, and roll band led by Roger Daltrey as an additional guitarist.in 1962, when the lead vocalist left the band and Roger moved into his place, Pete became the sole guitarist. In 1963, Pete recorded his first song written by him, “It was you”. In February 1964 the group having become aware of the presence of another group of the same name decided to change their name to “The Who”.
In June 1964, while performing at the Railway Tavern, Townshend accidentally broke the top of his guitar on the low ceiling and then proceeded to destroy the entire instrument and this on-stage destruction of instruments soon became a regular part of The Who’s live shows and boosted their popularity. On January 1965, The Who released their first hit, “I Can’t Explain”, which reached number eight on English Charts. They went on to release more and more hit songs like “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere” and “My Generation”.
Pete Townshend was both the prime mover and main songwriter for the group and rock genre. He has also released wonderful singles like “Magic Bus”,”Pinball Wizard” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again”. In the late 1980s, he released his solo records and went on to release 12 solo albums. He also got himself more involved in literary pursuits and authored many magazines and articles. Even after this also he never ceased working with The Who and regularly participated in the group’s occasional reunion even after its formal breakup.
He has written over 100 songs for the bands’ 11 studio albums and a dozen more bonus tracks. He has also written more than 100 songs for his solo album and for television themes and jingles. He has also contributed to and authored many newspaper and magazine articles and collaborated as a lyricist and composer on many musical acts.
How much is Pete Townshend Net Worth in 2017
As a widely recognized musician, composer, author, and guitarist, Pete Townshend’s net worth stands at $110 million US dollars as of 2017. He is one of the top paid guitarists in the world and has also amassed money from the sell-out of The Who’s music. His earnings are also from his live concerts where thousands of his fans come to see him play. He is also associated with a lot of charities and philanthropic work.
Pete Townshend has been a perfect example of a true musician. He has shown the world that if one is devoted to something, then working towards it might help him achieve it. He has been a source of motivation for the young generation of musicians and a perfect guide as well.