The Who Perform ‘Barbara Ann’ Live in the Studio

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The Who Barbara AnnOne of our favorite rockumentaries is Jeff Stein’s 1979 film The Kids Are Alright about The Who. The movie uses dozens of great clips from the band’s career and the director also got them to perform several songs in front of a tiny audience in 1978.

Among the film’s great scenes is when Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Pete Townshend and Keith Moon goof around in the studio performing “Barbara Ann” in the style of the Beach Boys’ version.

This Classic Video begins with the bearded, skinny-armed Townshend demonstrating his windmill sans guitar, moves to a quick shot of Rog and Moonie in the control room and then quickly shifts to the studio where Keith does a rare lead vocal while on the drum kit. Somehow, he hits the high notes.

Related: Our feature on Keith Moon, rock’s greatest drummer

Townshend finishes it off with a guitar solo while doing a duck walk. Moon died 40 years ago on September 7, 1978 well before the film was released the following spring.

Close followers of The Who know that they actually recorded the song in 1966 for their Ready Steady Who ep. Here’s a bonus live version from that same year…

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