Not that there weren't a lot of really great British bands to take the credit. The pre-Tommy Who rocked as hard as anybody who ever picked up the tools.
This is the live on the BBC version of a song that the Who recorded a few times. That's LIVE on the radio. People younger than me who are mostly familiar with Who's Next and what came after really don't understand the Who at all. From 1964 to 1968 they were the hardest working band in show business, working all the time, barely breaking even money wise, young, broke and angry. Tommy put them on the map, but if anything, it ruined them.
Well, I just came close to saying something unkind about people who don't love the early Who. So I'll sign off, while the signing off is good.