Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend Exclusive Interview with Alan Cross and 'Who I Am' Book Signing at Indigo Manulife Centre in Toronto on November 22, 2012

Townshend in 2012, photo by

Birth Name: Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend

Place of Birth: Brentford, Middlesex, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 19 May, 1945

Ethnicity: English, Irish

Pete Townshend is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is the lead guitarist, backing vocalist, and songwriter for rock band The Who. Roger Daltrey and Keith Moon also are/have been members of the band.

Pete is the son of Betty (Dennis), a singer with the Sydney Torch and Les Douglass Orchestras, and Cliff Townshend, a professional alto saxophonist in the Royal Air Force’s dance band The Squadronaires. One of his grandfathers was from Cork, Ireland.

Pete is married to musician Rachel Fuller. He has three children with his former wife Karen Townshend. Karen’s father was film composer Edwin Astley.

Pete’s paternal grandfather was Horace Arthur Townshend (the son of William Samuel Townshend and Catherine Ellen Sellick).

Pete’s paternal grandmother was named Dorothy Blandford.

Pete’s maternal grandmother was named Emma.

Source: Genealogy of Pete Townshend (focusing on his mother’s side) –

4 Responses

  1. noonedropclowns says:

    Whoever created this left out his gypsy ancestry on his maternal line! There’s a photo of her for everything. I’m not sure what ethnicity of traveler she was though.

  2. visokozen says:

    i meant to write this on John Lydon page im so sorry.

  3. visokozen says:

    He does have the map of ireland on his face.:) Can you find something on Sid Vicious?

  4. andrew says:

    Many websites say his grandfather was born in Cork, Ireland.

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