Anglo For Your Ear: Roger Daltrey’s “Giving It All Away”

Leaving a legendary group to make a solo record is always a risk. An artist’s flaws and excess can become glaring without the safety net of a band. Then again, you could also simply repeat what your band does best. Take, for example, Roger Daltrey‘s 1973 solo outing, “Giving It All Away,” a ballad co-written by a young man named Leo Sayer. Daltrey powers through the song like a chainsaw, but he sells it well. It was a big hit for Roger, one of the few hit records a Who band member has had as a solo artist.

Roger Daltrey was a hot man, but I’m not feeling the Elayne Boosler hair here.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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