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Who singer Daltrey collects CBE
Roger Daltrey and grand-daughter Lily
Roger Daltrey posed with his six-year-old grand-daughter Lily
The Who frontman Roger Daltrey collected his CBE on Wednesday for his services to music, the entertainment industry and charity.

The 60-year-old rock singer said he had been honoured to meet the Queen as she conducted the honours ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

"She said I got this for my music as well as charity work but I don't think she's a rock and roll fan," he joked.

"She'd probably fall off her podium if she heard The Who's songs."

The Who carved out a reputation for their anti-establishment lyrics, with My Generation one of the anthems of the 1960s.

Daltrey said: "I still have criticisms of the establishment but the Queen is an exceptional woman. I think she's amazing."

The musician is a patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust and has helped raised more than 2m and has organised concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.

Roger Daltrey
Rock band The Who defined anti-establishment youth culture

He said: "I didn't expect to get this. None of us work alone so I accept this for those that don't get anything."

The Who were formed in 1964 and their breakthrough came with the single I Can't Explain which was followed by a string of hits including I'm A Boy, Happy Jack, Pictures Of Lily, Pinball Wizard and Won't Get Fooled Again.

Defining a generation

Alongside the Beatles and The Rolling Stones, the band helped define a generation and became known for their wild live performances which often resulted in the destruction of part of the set.

Although The Who did not have a number one single in the UK, their strength lay in massive album sales.

Managing to break the elusive American market, the band also performed live at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and Woodstock in 1969.

He and guitarist Pete Townshend are the only surviving member of The Who, which also consisted of drummer Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle.

Daltrey has also been responsible for creating ambitious rock operas Quadrophenia and Tommy, and played a starring role in the film version of Tommy.

He is currently planning a new Who album, called Who2, which will be their first full studio album in 23 years.


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