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Friday, 3 July 2015

Rewind: 1964 - The High Numbers Release Debut Single

Zoot Suit / I'm the Face
The High Numbers
Fontana Records TF480
Released 3rd July 1964
Produced by Chris Parmeinter and Peter Meaden

Recording wise this is where it all started for The Who.

The song was written by their then advisor Peter Meaden (as was the b-side) but musically both songs were both exact copies of previously released songs (Zoot was Misery by The Dynamics, and Face was Slim Harpo's I've Got Love if You Want It). 

It was released under the name The High Numbers in an attempt to attract the Mod Crowd to buy the song. Not sure of the truth that only 500 of the 1000 pressed were sold. Not long after its release the band found new management and reverted back to their own name The Who.

Unlike the original release which totally failed to chart the single was reissued in 1980 and peaked at #49. The A-Side for this re-release was I'm the Face with Zoot Suit relegated to the B-Side.

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