The High Numbers perform “Oo Poo Pa Doo” and “I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying” at the Railway Hotel, 1964

After seeing A Hard Day’s Night, Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert decided that they were going to make their own pop film — a documentary, inspired by the French nouvelle vague school of cinema, which would chart a pop band from playing lowly clubs to being massive pop stars. Now all they needed was to find a band that were playing lowly clubs but could become massive stars. And they found that band at the Railway Hotel, when they saw the High Numbers. - Excerpt from Episode 136 My Generation by The Who The History of Rock Music in 500 Songs by Andrew Hickey.

The High Numbers
October 22, 1964 at EMI Studios.

0:00 Plum Nellie
2:17 Chinese Checkers
5:03 Unknown Instrumental 1
6:49 I’m A Man
11:40 Instrumental Jam/Countryline Special
18:00 Memphis
20:13 Unknown Instrumental 2

The High Numbers
October 20, 1964 Railway Hotel and Lounge, Wealdstone, London

23:50 I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying
27:31 Young Man Blues
29:04 Green Onions
31:57 I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying
33:08 You Really Got Me
35:04 I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying
36:18 Long Tall Shorty
41:16 Pretty Thing
45:14 Smokestack Lightning/Money
55:46 Here ‘Tis

I’m The Face and Zoot Suit - The High Numbers

“Zoot Suit” b/w “I’m the Face” was the first single of the British rock band the Who, who recorded it under the name the High Numbers in an attempt to appeal to a mod audience. “Zoot Suit” was written by Peter Meaden, the band’s first manager. The song is a direct copy of “Misery” by the American R&B group the Dynamics, while the B-side, “I’m the Face”, is a copy of Slim Harpo’s “I Got Love If You Want It.” The single was meant for a mod audience, but failed to chart. The band changed their name back to The Who, found new management, and released their own composition “I Can’t Explain”, which became a top ten hit in the United Kingdom. - Wikipedia