Buried Treasure: The Who Record “Pictures of Lily”

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“Pictures of Lily made my life so wonderful…”

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Another golden nugget from the youtube machine.

Watch the Who in their early glory recording the 1967 single “Pictures of Lily,” the followup to “Happy Jack.”

In Rikky Rooksby’s book  “Lyrics” the Who’s chief songwriter Pete Tonwshend explained, “the idea was inspired by a picture my girlfriend had on her wall of an old Vaudeville star – Lily Bayliss. It was an old 1920s postcard and someone had written on it ‘Here’s another picture of Lily – hope you haven’t got this one.’ It made me think that everyone has a pin-up period.”

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