The Quiet One (The Who Song)
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The Quiet One the Who Song

"The Quiet One"
Song by The Who
from the album Face Dances
Released16 March 1981
RecordedJuly-December 1980;
Odyssey Recording Studios, London
LabelPolydor, Warner Bros.
John Entwistle
Bill Szymczyk

"The Quiet One" is a song by The Who, written by bassist John Entwistle. It is one of two Entwistle contributions to The Who's first album without Keith Moon, Face Dances. Entwistle's other contribution to Face Dances is "You", with Roger Daltrey on lead vocals.

"The Quiet One" is also a B-side for the first single from Face Dances, "You Better You Bet".

"You Better You Bet" reached number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 1 on the Billboard Top (Rock) Tracks, and number 9 in the UK.[1]

The song was written by John Entwistle to replace his song "My Wife" (from Who's Next) on tour, and he did so for the years of 1981 and The Who's Tour of 1982. However, in following tours, this song was never played again; "My Wife" was brought back.

Entwistle said about the song:

"It's me trying to explain that I'm not really quiet. I started off being quiet and that's the pigeon hole I've been stuck in all these years. It started when I heard Kenney playing a drum riff and I thought 'that would be really great for a song and give Kenney a chance to play that on stage.' So I got Kenney to put down about three minutes of that and I worked along with it and came up with the chorus of 'The Quiet One.' I wrote 'Quiet One' especially to replace 'My Wife' onstage. I had gotten tired of singing that and 'Boris the Spider.'"[2]

A live version of 'The Quiet One' appears on a (DVD/BR) video 'The Who Live at Shea Stadium' recorded at that venue on 13 October 1982. Audio recording of the song from the same concert was also released as a bonus track on The Who album Face Dances in 1997. Another live version of the song is featured on the DVD/double CD 'Live from Toronto' capturing The Who's "Farewell Concert" in Toronto on 17 December 1982, released in 2007.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 677.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 May 2011. Retrieved 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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