John Tobler, Stuart Grundy, The Guitar Greats (BBC Books), 1983
In 1969, The Who toured Britain, dragging around a support act who were, to say the least, an unknown quantity to all but a very few British rock fans. Pete Townshend, however, extolled to all who would listen (a considerable number) the virtues of the James Gang in general and their guitarist Joe Walsh in particular, and by the end of the tour, Joe Walsh was on his way to becoming a household name. A dozen years later, his status is unquestionably that of a celebrity, although Walsh's appeal has somewhat altered from those heady guitar days of yore.
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