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The Who's original drummer has died

By Krisinda Merhi March 1, 2019

Doug Sandom was 89

THE WHO's original drummer, DOUG SANDOM, has died, aged 89.

The former bricklayer joined the band in 1962, when it was known as The Detours. He quit following a record label audition spat with Pete Townshend and was replaced by Keith Moon.

"Doug was an excellent drummer but was considered by our first record label to be too old for us," Townshend writes on The Who's official site. "It was his age and his wisdom that made him important to me."

In a 2014 interview, Sandom confessed leaving The Who was "the biggest mistake of my life", and his former bandmate has always regretted the way Doug left the band, just before landing a deal.

"If you have read my book Who I Am, you will know how kind Doug was to me, and how clumsily I dealt with his leaving the band," Townshend adds. 

"He never sneered at my aspirations the way some of my peers tended to do. (I was a bit of an egoistic handful sometimes). He encouraged me... Doug took a while to forgive me, but did so in the end, and although I didn't see much of him, we remained friends."

Source: WENN

Images: The Who Official Website