Peter Dennis Blandford “Pete” Townshend (born 19 May 1945) is an English musician, singer songwriter, and multi instrumentalist, understood primarily as the guitarist and songwriter for the rock group The Who. His career with The Who crosses 50 years, during which time the group grew to be regarded as among the very powerful groups of the 1960s and 1970s.
He’s also composed over 100 songs which have appeared on his solo albums, along with radio jingles and television theme songs. Although known mostly as a guitarist, he also plays other instruments including keyboards, banjo, accordion, harmonica, ukulele, mandolin, violin, synthesizer, bass guitar and drums, on his own solo albums, several Who records, and as a guest contributor to a variety of other artists’ records. He’s self-educated on each of the instruments he plays and has never had any proper training.
Townshend has additionally been a contributor and writer of paper and magazine articles, book reviews, essays, novels, and scripts, in addition to collaborating as a lyricist (and composer) for many other musical acts. Townshend was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an associate of The Who in 1990.