Lead guitarist of The Who, the group that released hits like "My Generation" and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He had plans to become a graphic artist before his music career took off.
After having a spiritual awakening and becoming a Baba disciple, he was one of very few rock stars who opposed the use of psychedelic drugs.
He married Karen Astley on May 20, 1968 and they divorced in 2000.
Eddie Vedder called Townshend's band The Who the greatest live band ever.
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