Pete Townshend is a member of the famous English rock band ‘The Who’. He has been a singer, musician, lead guitarist, backing vocalist and principal songwriter. He has been in the band for over five decades. Townshend has also written articles for many magazines and newspapers. Today, let’s learn more about the career, biography, and net worth of Pete Townshend in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Pete Dennis Blandford Townshend was born in Middlesex on 19 May 1945. His father was Cliff Townshend. Cliff was an alto saxophonist in the dance band ‘The Squadronaires’. This was a Royal Air Force dance band during the World War II. Pete’s mother was Betty. She was a professional singer with the Les Douglass Orchestras and Sydney Torch. Pete got enrolled at ‘Action County Grammar School’ after he passed the 11-plus exam. In 1961, Pete got admission in ‘Ealing Art College’. He studied graphic design there. Townshend dropped out of Ealing in 1964 to pursue a career in music.
Townshend got married to Karen Astley on 20 May 1968. Karen is the daughter of famous movie maker Edwin Astley. They have three children together. Their first child Emma was born in 1969. She is a gardening columnist. Their second child Aminta works on film production and their third child Joseph graduated in graphic design from Central St. Martins.
Townshend separated from Karen in 1994, but the official divorce happened 15 years later in 2009. Townshend has been dating a musician and arranger Rachel Fuller for over two decades. They got married in December 2016. In his autobiography ‘Who I Am’, he has mentioned that he was ‘probably bisexual’ at one point in his life. Pete suffers from tinnitus and partial deafness.
Career, Awards & Nominations
In 1961, Townshend joined the band ‘The Detours’ as an extra guitarist. In 1962, Townshend became the sole guitarist of the band. The band changed its name to ‘The Who’ when it came to know of another band with the same name. The band started their first United States tour on 22 March 1967. Townshend’s most accomplished work with the band are Quadrophenia and second rock opera. Since 1972, Pete has been recording as a solo artist too in addition to working with ‘The Who’.
His solo breakthrough came in the year 1980 when his album ‘Empty Glass’ released. This album has songs such as ‘Rough Boys’ and ‘Let My Love Open the Door’ which were included in the top 10 singles. He has collaborated with various musicians throughout his career. In March 2018, Townshend has mentioned that the new ‘The Who’ album would feature the original songs by him.
Net Worth & Earnings
Pete Townshend’s estimated net worth is around $120 million. He is part of the band ‘The Who’. This band has released several music albums in the last 50 years, and Townshend has drawn a hefty amount out of it.
Pete Townshend is among the greatest musicians of all time. Townshend’s ability to use feedback of guitar as a sonic technique and his stage persona made him very popular among the masses.