They Had a Blast

Half a century ago, The Who had a blast – literally – on the set of the groundbreaking show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

On September 17, 1967, on the heels of their Top 10 US hit, “I Can See for Miles,” the British rock band sought to make a memorable impression on American audiences with their appearance on the comedy-variety show that was already known for shaking things up.

To achieve that effect, drummer Keith Moon conspired with a stagehand to fill his drums with explosives. At the end of “My Generation,” Moon was blown backward onto the floor, his arm cut by a flying cymbal piece. The Who’s guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend later blamed the blast for his subsequent tinnitus and severe hearing loss.

You can see the famous episode this Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 9 pm ET, exactly 50 years after its initial broadcast, on over-the-air channel GetTV. To find the GetTV channel in your area, visit (Note: The brothers’ other guests that evening included Bette Davis, Mickey Rooney and Pat Paulsen.)

Or you can watch The Who shock usually unflappable co-host Tommy Smothers right here:

If you’re looking for something a little more laid back, at 10 pm ET, immediately following The Who broadcast, GetTV will air an episode of The Sonny and Cher Show featuring a guest appearance by Glen Campbell, who died August 8 at 81. That show originally aired February 4, 1977.

Here’s Campbell performing “Southern Nights” on the show, followed by a medley duet with Cher that includes “Rhinestone Cowboy”:


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