Doug Sandom, an early drummer for The Who, has died at the age of 89.
Having initially been hired by Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, and John Entwistle in 1962 to play the drums in their early band The Detours, Sandom was later replaced by the infamous Keith Moon.
Sandom, who was considerably older than teenagers Daltrey, Townshend and Entwistle when he was on the drums for The Detours, left the band in 1962 after an audition for Fontana Records. Apparently, producer Chris Parmeinter was responsible for the decision to introduce Moon.
Sandom and Townshend ended their friendship for almost 20 years before later reconciling to become close friends in recent years.
“I wasn’t so ambitious as the rest of them. I’d done it longer than what they had. Of course, I loved it,” Sandom once said about leaving The Who. “It was very nice to be part of a band that people followed, it was great,” he added.
“But I didn’t get on well with Peter Townshend. I was a few years older than he was, and he thought I should pack it in more or less because of that. I thought I was doing all right with the band, we never got slung out of nowhere, we always passed our auditions.”
Upon hearing the news of Sandom’s passing, Townshend has posted a heartfelt tribute to his former bandmate:
“Just heard from his son that Doug, drummer with the early Who, passed away yesterday at the age of 89. 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 to be replaced eventually by Keith Moon. A bricklayer by trade, Doug was an excellent drummer but was considered by our first record label to be too old for us. It was his age and his wisdom that made him important to me. 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 – as did my best friend in those days Richard Barnes. Doug took a while to forgive but did so in the end, and although I didn’t see much of him we remained friends. He would almost certainly have tried to visit with Roger and me at Wembley Stadium this year, and we will both miss seeing him.”