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The Who's generation remembers

The British hitmakers' upcoming Tulsa performance rekindles older fans' concert memories
BY GENE TRIPLETT Published: February 13, 2013
/articleid/3754687/1/pictures/1951936">Photo - This ad for The Who's performances at Oklahoma City's old Wedgewood Amusement Park ran in the Aug. 23, 1968 editions of The Oklahoman. <strong></strong>
This ad for The Who's performances at Oklahoma City's old Wedgewood Amusement Park ran in the Aug. 23, 1968 editions of The Oklahoman.

Both shows would be played from a pavilion roof next to the park's swimming pool. The first night, a Friday, happened to fall on Moon's 22nd birthday, and before the show park owner Maurice Woods presented the drummer with a birthday cake.

And in typical “Moon-the-loon” fashion, he dumped the entire cake on the heads of the crowd.

“I thought that was just really disrespectful,” said Kathy Green, who was 14 at the time, with a season pass to the park. “And then the next thing I know, they're destroying their instruments, and it scared me! I didn't know that was their signature performance thing. I mean, you know, I was from Edmond, which was just a little sleepy college town.”

Green has since become a lifelong Who fan.

Meanwhile back in '68, brothers Jerry “Buzz” Scovill, now 62, and Bret Scovill, 59, were also Wedgewood employees when The Who showed up, and they helped out when Townshend announced that he wanted to meet an authentic American Indian.

No such employee was unavailable, “So we talked Mike Rosso into telling (Townshend) that he was an Indian,” recalls Buzz Scovill.

Rosso was a ride operator who was a tall, dark-skinned, black-haired, full-blooded Italian.

Townshend bought it and was happy and fascinated to meet Mr. Rosso.

“They had Rosso pose as an Indian, and (Townshend) was satisfied,” Bret Scovill said with a laugh.

Wells said Townshend spent most of the next day gluing his broken guitar back together for the Saturday show. Meanwhile, Wells took Daltrey, Entwhistle and Moon on a tour of 7-Eleven stores where they bought hundreds of dollars worth of junk food.

The best story Wells has is when Daltrey told him he felt bad and needed to go back to the hotel. Wells obliged, and on the way, Daltrey asked if Wells would stop at a Dairy Queen and buy him a hot dog, since the singer had no money on him, which Wells did. When they got back to the hotel, Daltrey invited him into the room and paid Wells back for the $2 meal.

“It was a small amount of money, but who would have the humility to pay me back for a meal that I bought him?”

Who, indeed? For all their weirdness, the kids from London were, for the most part, all right.


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