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Short Info

Date Of BirthOctober 9, 1944
DiedJune 27, 2002, Paradise, Nevada, United States
SpouseMaxene Harlow
MarkWould wear military or police uniform tops on stage in the early days.
FactHas claimed to be the best rock bass player living.

John Entwistle was born on October 9, 1944, in Chiswick, London, England. His parents, Herbert and Maud Entwistle, were both music teachers. He had two older sisters, Sheila and Vera. Entwistle was educated at Acton County Grammar School in West London. He showed an early interest in music, playing the trumpet and piano. He also took up the guitar and drums.

Entwistle began playing in bands while still in school. He joined a band called The Detours, which later became The Who. Entwistle became known for his powerful bass playing and distinctive style. He was also an accomplished songwriter, contributing such classics as “Boris the Spider” and “Whiskey Man. ” Entwistle’s career with The Who spanned four decades.

The band was one of the most successful rock groups of all time, selling over 100 million records. Entwistle died of a heart attack on June 27, 2002, at the age of 57.

General Info

Full NameJohn Entwistle
Date Of BirthOctober 9, 1944
DiedJune 27, 2002, Paradise, Nevada, United States
Height1.82 m
ProfessionRecord producer, Film Score Composer, Film producer, Actor, Bassist, Music Arranger, Singer, Songwriter, Baba O'Riley, Who Are You, Behind Blue Eyes
EducationActon High School


SpouseMaxene Harlow
ChildrenChristopher Entwistle
ParentsQueenie Johns, Herbert Entwistle, Baba O'Riley, Who Are You, Behind Blue Eyes


Music GroupsThe Who, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Baba O'Riley, Who Are You, Behind Blue Eyes
MoviesThe Kids Are Alright, John Entwistle Band: Live, Classic Albums: The Who – Who's Next, The Who & Special Guests: Live at the Royal Albert Hall, The Who Special Edition EP, Who's Better, Who's Best

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#Marks / Signs
1Deep voice
2Gibson Thunderbird Bass
3Spider Medallion
4Would wear military or police uniform tops on stage in the early days.
5Calmly continuing to play bass onstage, whilst his bandmates proceeded to demolish their equipment.


1He [Keith Moon] didn't play [drums] from left to right, or from right to left, he'd play forward; I've never seen anyone play like that before or since.
2I can't stand rap....people who can't sing do can sing rebellion as well as talk it....Hitler would have been in a rap band.


1He was considered for bassist in the Moody Blues when they were looking for new one.
2Son of Queenie Johns.
3Entwistle earned the nickname, "The Ox", not due to his temperament or size, but because of his constitution; he had the reputation of being able to party the most of any of his band mates, even (especially) the legendary Moon. Many found the broad-shouldered bass-player intimidating, and he was often thought of as a larger man than he actually was (being about 6 feet even, the same height as The Who guitarist Pete Townshend).
4Behind Pete Townshend, he was the second-most prolific songwriter in The Who. His songs were known for a dry sense of humor and insightful wit.
5Played bass guitar, piano, trumpet and French horn
6He was awarded the 1997 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Outstanding Musical Production of 1996 for Tommy, performed at the Shaftesbury Theatre with Pete Townshend.
7Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Who) in 1990.
8Has one son, Christopher Entwistle.
9Has claimed to be the best rock bass player living.
10He was the bass guitarist with The Who (rock band) along with Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and the late Keith Moon.




The Who Live in Texas '752012Video writer: "Boris The Spider" - uncredited
The Who: At Kilburn 19772009Video writer: "My Wife / Going Mobile"
Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who2007Documentary writer: "Boris The Spider", "Fiddle About", "Heinz Baked Beans", "The Ox"
The Who: The Vegas Job2006Video documentary writer: "My Wife"
The Who and Special Guests Live at the Royal Albert Hall2000writer: "My Wife"
Listening to You: The Who at the Isle of Wight 19701998TV Movie documentary writer: "Heaven And Hell"
The Who's Tommy, the Amazing Journey1993Documentary writer: "Fiddle About", "Cousin Kevin"
WKRP in Cincinnati1980TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Kids Are Alright1979Documentary writer: "Success Story"
Tommy1975performer: "Prologue-1945" uncredited, "Christmas" uncredited, "Eyesight To The Blind", "Acid Queen" uncredited, "Fiddle About" uncredited, "Smash the Mirror" uncredited, "I'm Free" uncredited, "Sensation" uncredited, "We're Not Gonna Take It" uncredited, "Listening to You/See Me, Feel Me" uncredited / writer: "Cousin Kevin", "Fiddle About" - uncredited
Rape Victims1975writer: "Overture" - uncredited

Music Department

The Who's Tommy, the Amazing Journey1993Documentary composer: additional music / lyrics
The Who Rocks America 19821982Documentary musical consultant
McVicar1980music consultant
Quadrophenia1979music producer / musical director
The Kids Are Alright1979Documentary musical director


The Who and Special Guests Live at the Royal Albert Hall2000
Classic Albums: The Who - Who's Next1999Video documentary
The Who Live, Featuring the Rock Opera Tommy1989TV Movie documentary
The Who Rocks America 19821982Documentary
The Kids Are Alright1979Documentary as The Who


The Who: At Kilburn 19772009VideoBass
The John Entwistle Band: Live2004VideoBass guitars & vocals
The Simpsons2000TV SeriesJohn Entwistle
Ride a Rock Horse1975VideoBass


Tommy1975additional material


Quadrophenia1979executive producer


The Who Live in Texas '752012VideoHimself (bass & vocals)
The Bridge School Concerts - 25th Anniversary Edition2011VideoHimself
The Who at the London Coliseum 19692009VideoHimself (Bass)
The Who: The Vegas Job2006Video documentaryHimself
An Ox's Tale: The John Entwistle Story2006DocumentaryHimself
Tommy and Quadrophenia Live: The Who2005Video documentaryBass
S.O.U.L.--Sounds of Underground London2003TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - The Who
One Who Day2002DocumentaryHimself
The Who Weekend2002VideoHimself (The Who)
Rising Low2002DocumentaryHimself
The Concert for New York City2001TV Special documentaryPerformers (as The Who)
Pipe Dreams2000TV Movie documentaryHimself (The Who)
The Who and Special Guests Live at the Royal Albert Hall2000Himself
Never Mind the Buzzcocks2000TV SeriesHimself
My Generation2000DocumentaryHimself (The Who)
Pixelon's iBash1999DocumentaryHimself (The Who)
Classic Albums: The Who - Who's Next1999Video documentary
Listening to You: The Who at the Isle of Wight 19701998TV Movie documentaryHimself (The Who)
Behind the Music1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Bass Guitar Master Class1997Himself
Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival1997DocumentaryHimself (The Who)
VH1 Legends1997TV Series documentaryHimself (The Who)
The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus1996DocumentaryHimself - The Who
Mastercard Masters of Music Concert for the Prince's Trust1996TV Special documentaryHimself
Power Vision - Pop Galerie1996TV Series documentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1996TV SeriesHimself
Queen: Champions of the World1995DocumentaryHimself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll1995TV Series documentaryHimself (The Who)
Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who1994DocumentaryHimself
The Rockers Are Alright1994Video documentaryHimself
The Who: Thirty Years of Maximum R&B1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
Woodstock Diary1994TV Movie documentaryHimself (as The Who)
The Who's Tommy, the Amazing Journey1993DocumentaryHimself (The Who)
American Bandstand's 40th Anniversary Special1992TV MovieHimself
Two Rooms: A Tribute to Elton John & Bernie Taupin1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
Queen: The Days of Our Lives1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
Guitar1991Video documentaryJohn Entwistle
The Who Live, Featuring the Rock Opera Tommy1989TV Movie documentaryBass Guitars / Vocals
The Who Live at Giants Stadium1989Himself (The Who)
MTV Rocumentary: The Story of the Who1988TV Special documentaryHimself (The Who)
The Who: Who's Better Who's Best1988DocumentaryHimself
Rolling Stone Presents Twenty Years of Rock & Roll1987TV Movie documentaryHimself
Queen: Magic Years, Volume One - A Visual Anthology1987DocumentaryHimself
Queen: Magic Years, Volume Two - A Visual Anthology1987DocumentaryHimself
Stand by Me: AIDS Day Benefit1987TV MovieHimself
Ready Steady Go, Volume 21985DocumentaryHimself (The Who)
Live Aid1985TV Special documentaryHimself (as The Who)
Pop Quiz1982-1984TV SeriesHimself
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style1983Video documentaryHimself
Ready Steady Go, Volume 11983DocumentaryHimself (as The Who)
Roger Daltrey1983TV SpecialHimself
The Who Rocks America 19821982DocumentaryHimself
GasTank1982TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Rolling Stones - Die ersten 20 Jahre1982TV Movie documentaryHimself
Rockpalast1981TV SeriesHimself (bass)
The Kids Are Alright1979DocumentaryHimself (The Who)
La fête aujourd'hui, la fête demain1974DocumentaryHimself (The Who)
Russell Harty Plus1973TV SeriesHimself / Himself - The Who
4-3-2-1 Hot and Sweet1970TV SeriesHimself - Musician
Woodstock1970DocumentaryHimself - The Who (uncredited)
Schlag auf Schlager1970TV MovieHimself (as The Who)
Beat-Club1967-1969TV SeriesHimself - Musician
This Is Tom Jones1969TV Series documentaryHimself
Monterey Pop1968DocumentaryPerformers (as The Who)
Melodien einer Stadt1968TV SeriesHimself - Musician
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour1967TV SeriesHimself
Ready, Steady, Go!1965-1966TV SeriesHimself
Popside1966TV SeriesHimself
Carousella1966Documentary shortHimself (as The Who)
Take Thirty1965TV SeriesHimself
Thank Your Lucky Stars1965TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: Rock 'n' Roll at the BBC2015TV MovieHimself (as The Who)
Pop Gold2015TV Mini-SeriesHimself
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Who: The Making of Tommy2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Quadrophenia: Can You See the Real Me?2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Who: Quadrophenia - The Complete Story2012Himself - Bassist
Pearl Jam Twenty2011DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
When Rock Goes Acoustic2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Message of Love2009VideoHimself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Start Me Up2009VideoHimself
Woodstock: Now & Then2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Biography2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who2007DocumentaryHimself
Final 242007TV Series documentaryHimself
The Who: Music in Review - The Moon Years2006Video documentary
RIP 20022002TV Movie documentary
Top of the Pops 21995TV SeriesHimself
Rock 'N' Roll Goldmine: The Sixties1986Documentary shortHimself (The Who)
2nd House1974TV SeriesHimself - The Who
Beat-Club1966-1967TV SeriesHimself - Musician


Nominated Awards

1991GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Music Video - Long FormThe Who Live, Featuring the Rock Opera Tommy (1989)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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