Song Details More songs by The Who
My Generation
The Who
The Who 1965 My Generation

I hope I die before I get old

Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 74 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1966
  • peaked at No. 2 on the UK Singles chart in 1965
  • from the album My Generation (1965)
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • ranks #11 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • on the record:
       Roger Daltrey- lead vocals
       Pete Townshend- guitar, backing vocals
       John Entwistle- bass, backing vocals
       Keith Moon- drums
  • the BBC initially refused to play "My Generation" because it did not want to offend people who stutter
  • Who bassist John Entwistle is featured on the song playing one of the first bass solos in rock history on his Fender Jazz Bass; Entwistle wanted to use a Danelectro bass but he gave up after the rare thin strings kept breaking too easily
  • written by Pete Townshend
  • Townshend: "I worked on 'My Generation' all through the summer of 1965, while touring in Holland and Scandinavia"
  • produced by Shel Talmy
  • recorded October 13, 1965 at IBC Studios, London, England
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