Nashville, TN (June 9, 2015)—Welcome to 1979, a retro-oriented studio in Nashville, recently hosted musician and philanthropist Pete Townshend of The Who for a three-day weekend before The Who Hits 50 Tour rolled into Music City. While there, he recorded directly to a vinyl master to create a unique, one-off record to be auctioned for charity.

Pete’s sessions were recorded two ways—one with a custom MCI 2 8 track (refurbished by 79’s sister company, Mara Machines), and then directly to the studio’s vinyl lathe. During a special benefit concert in Chicago on May 14th, Pete revealed a one-of-a-kind record that he recorded during his sessions at Welcome To 1979—an exclusive version of “I’m One” from Quadrophenia.

In 2012, Townshend and bandmate Roger Daltrey founded Teen Cancer America— a charity aimed at youth-oriented treatment and rehabilitation centers for teenagers and young adults. The 12-inch single Pete recorded at Welcome to 1979 was one of two featured items being auctioned off to benefit the non-profit organization.

For a $25 dollar donation, individuals were entered into a drawing for the chance to win the exclusive single. The weeklong auction produced $37,000—all of which benefits Teen Cancer America.
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