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Pete Townshend

Post  B6 on Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:10 am



Voice Type: Tenor
Sung Range: F2-G5
Total Range: F2-G♯5

Significant High Notes:

  • G♯5 (Baba O'Riley" live)
  • G5 ("Christmas" live)
  • F♯5 ("Going Mobile")
  • E5 ("Batman", "A Quick One, While He's Away", "Going Mobile")
  • D5 ("Long Live Rock", "Going Mobile", "Batman")
  • C♯5 ("A Quick One, While He's Away", "Christmas", "The Seeker", "Love, Reign O'er Me" demo)
  • C5 ("A Quick One, While He's Away", "It's a Boy", "Pinball Wizard", "No Road Romance", "1921", "Baba o'Riley" 2000 version, "Let My Love Open The Door", "Batman", "Magic Bus", "The Seeker", "I Believe My Own Eyes" demo)
  • B4 ("A Quick One, While He's Away", "Empty Glass", "Going Mobile", "Who Are You" live)
  • B♭4 ("Baba O'Riley", "The Song Is Over", "Love, Reign O'er Me" demo, "Cousin Kevin")
  • A4 ("A Legal Matter", "A Quick One, While He's Away", "Baba O'Riley", "Pure and Easy", "I Like Nightmares", "Going Mobile", "Won't Get Fooled Again" 2000 version, "Let My Love Open The Door", "Cousin Kevin")

Significant Low Notes:

  • C3 ("Let My Love Open The Door", "Going Mobile")
  • B2 ("Athena")
  • A2 ("Let My Love Open The Door")
  • F2 ("The Endless Wire")

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*Orange marks notes with questionable registers: absolutely no use figuring out these.
*Blue marks probable non-modal notes.
*Red marks extremely bad, unimpressive or unintentional notes.
*Italics mark non-sung notes.


Although better known as a guitarist, Pete is a surprisingly good singer with a good tone. His section in "Baba O'Riley" features some really beautiful and light high singing.


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Re: Pete Townshend

Post  wonka on Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:19 am

I was wondering... his hights in "Baba O'Riley" aren't falsetto?? (I'm talking about the studio version)

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Re: Pete Townshend

Post  Timmerbo on Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:44 am

His section of 'Baba O'Reilly' is full voice.

He gets up to C5 in his demo recording of 'I Believe My Own Eyes'.
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Re: Pete Townshend

Post  wonka on Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:47 am

Timmerbo wrote:His section of 'Baba O'Reilly' is full voice.

He gets up to C5 in his demo recording of 'I Believe My Own Eyes'.
I said that because of his light timbre (very white), not the typical high notes by most of singers

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Post  Timmerbo on Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:52 am

wonka wrote:I said that because of his light timbre, not the typical high notes by most of singers

Yeah, really light, not 'belty' in the least.

He gets C5s and a C#5 singing the backup vocals of 'The Seeker'.
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Re: Pete Townshend

Post  Holsety on Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:17 am



I believe that's C♯5 at 4:52.. There's a low note at 5:28 but it's not Pete.
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Re: Pete Townshend

Post  Starman on Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:27 am

Holsety wrote:

I believe that's C♯5 at 4:52.. There's a low note at 5:28 but it's not Pete.

Fair to assume 5.28 is John? considering Pete is away from the mic and Keith isn't saying anything?
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Re: Pete Townshend

Post  Holsety on Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:29 am

John does the part earlier and later in the song, so yes.
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Re: Pete Townshend

Post  Holsety on Sat Jan 17, 2015 4:28 am

So what about the backing vocals in Substitute with A4s and B4s? I'm not certain but I'm pretty sure that's Pete.
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Re: Pete Townshend

Post  Endymion on Tue Jun 02, 2015 4:35 am



E♭5 at 1:49
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Re: Pete Townshend

Post  tf141soldier on Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:34 am

Don't forget the stellar B♭4's and G♯4's on "Eminence Front", one of the best pop-rock songs, like, ever. The keyboard riff oh man
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