Every year on October 9, a lot of our online coverage goes to the Beatles’ John Lennon, who was born on that date in 1940. And this year happens to be a big one for Lennon, since he would’ve turned 75.
But today we’d like to remember another important John, the legendary John “The Ox” Entwistle of the Who, who was born October 9, 1944.
Below, check out some extraordinary footage of Entwistle’s isolated bass track from the Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” as performed at Shepperton Film Studios on May 25 1978.
This footage—and several other clips like it—is far from secret; it’s from the The Kids Are Alright bonus DVD. Of course, that doesn’t make it any less awesome and inspiring.
Sadly, Entwistle died June 27, 2002, while the Who were on tour in Las Vegas. The next day, the Who’s Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey published a tribute on Townshend’s website, saying, “The Ox has left the building; we’ve lost another great friend.”
You can watch the full-band performance of the song in the bottom video. Enjoy!