Roger Daltrey says Jimi Hendrix stole Pete Townshend’s act, but they both owe it to Buddy Guy

Daltrey also called the Rolling Stones a “mediocre pub band.”

Roger Daltrey has discussed the origins of Jimi Hendrix’s rock theatrics, claiming that he stole the act from Who guitarist Pete Townshend, but that they both owe a lot to blues legend Buddy Guy.

In a new interview with The Coda Collection, Daltrey said: “you watch Buddy Guy in the early days and you suddenly realise – when you really look for the inventor of all that stuff, it was probably Buddy Guy. In fact, I would give it to Buddy Guy.”

“I’ve always stuck up for Pete [Townshend],” he continued, “saying, Jimi stole Pete’s stage act completely, which, incidentally, I think he did. But I’m sure Jimi had seen Buddy Guy previously, as I’m sure Pete had seen some clips of Buddy Guy and embellished it.”

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“I take my hat off to Buddy Guy, he deserves the accolade. I just love him,” Daltrey added.

Elsewhere in the interview, Daltrey reacted to Paul McCartney calling The Rolling Stones a “blues cover band.” He didn’t entirely disagree, stating: “You can not take away the fact that Mick Jagger is still the number one rock ‘n’ roll showman upfront. But as a band, if you were outside a pub and you heard that music coming out of a pub some night, you’d think, ‘Well, that’s a mediocre pub band!’”

“No disrespect,” he added quickly.

You can see more about Daltrey’s Coda Collection interview here.

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