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Encyclopedia > Bell Boy
"Bell Boy"
Song by The Who
Album Quadrophenia
Released October 19 1973
Recorded May 1972 and June 1973 at Olympic Studios and "The Kitchen" in Battersea, London
Genre Rock
Length 4:55
Label MCA
Writer Pete Townshend
Producer The Who
Kit Lambert
Glyn Johns
Quadrophenia track listing
"Drowned"
(13)
"Bell Boy"
(14)
"Doctor Jimmy"
(15)

"Bell Boy" is a song recorded by The Who for the 1973 album Quadrophenia and 1979 movie of the same name. It was never released as a single. The Bell Boy is a a short film produced and released in 1918 by the Comique film company. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other uses, see Song (disambiguation). ... The Who are an English rock band that first formed in 1964, and grew to be considered one of the greatest[1] and most influential[2] bands in the world. ... Alternate cover Original soundtrack version Quadrophenia is a double album released by The Who on October 19, 1973, one of the groups two full-scale rock operas. ... is the 292nd day of the year (293rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... // January 9 - Mick Jaggers request for a Japanese visa is rejected on account of a 1969 drug bust, putting an abrupt end to The Rolling Stones plans to tour Asia. ... Olympic Studios is a commercial recording studio located at 117 Church Road, in the south-western suburb of Barnes in London, England. ... The Kitchen is a non-profit, multi-disciplinary art space in New York. ... Battersea is a place in the London Borough of Wandsworth. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... MCA Records was an American-based record company owned by MCA Inc. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (born May 19, 1945 in Chiswick, London), is an award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, and composer. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... The Who are an English rock band that first formed in 1964, and grew to be considered one of the greatest[1] and most influential[2] bands in the world. ... Kit Lambert (May 11, 1935 – April 7, 1981) was a record producer and the manager for The Who. ... Glyn Johns (born February 15, 1942 in Epsom, Surrey, England) is a recording engineer and record producer. ... Alternate cover Original soundtrack version Quadrophenia is a double album released by The Who on October 19, 1973, one of the groups two full-scale rock operas. ... Doctor Jimmy is a song written by Pete Townshend on The Whos second full-scale rock opera, Quadrophenia (1973). ... The Who are an English rock band that first formed in 1964, and grew to be considered one of the greatest[1] and most influential[2] bands in the world. ... Alternate cover Original soundtrack version Quadrophenia is a double album released by The Who on October 19, 1973, one of the groups two full-scale rock operas. ... Quadrophenia is a 1979 British film based on the 1973 rock opera album Quadrophenia by The Who. ...


Besides the main lead vocal by Roger Daltrey, this song features vocals by Keith Moon (most of whose relatively few vocals for the band dated from the '60s). Moon mostly talks (or sings) his lines in a cartoonish voice with an exaggerated Cockney accent; however the bridge and the last line are sung in his natural voice. The shouts of "Bell Boy" are the lines of Jimmy from the disgusted realisation of what the Ace Face actually was, symbolic of the theme of disillusionment throughout the album. Roger Harry Daltrey, CBE (born 1 March 1944) is a rock vocalist, songwriter, and actor, best known as the founder and lead singer of English rock band The Who. ... Keith John Moon (August 23, 1946 – September 7, 1978) was the drummer of the rock group The Who. ...


Lyrically, this is the final straw for Jimmy, having just found out that the Ace-Face he had looked up to as a Mod was now a Bell Boy, working for everyone rather than ruling over everyone at the same Brighton hotel the Mods had smashed up back in 1963 ("I don't suppose you would remember me/But I used to follow you back in '63"). In the short story written by Pete Townshend in the album's libretto/liner notes, it is explained that Jimmy never thought he'd be let down by being a Mod (given everything else had let him down). Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (born May 19, 1945 in Chiswick, London), is an award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, and composer. ...


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