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The Oklahoman's Robert Medley takes a look at The Who's visit to Oklahoma City in 1968, which happened to coincide with drummer Keith Moon's 22nd birthday. A wild time was had by all. 

The Tornado, the Wild Mouse, the Calypso and the Roto Jet. These were the names of rides at the Wedgewood Village Amusement Park in northwest Oklahoma City in the summer of 1968.

And then came The Who for one of the wildest rides the park had ever seen.

On Aug. 23, 1968, The Who climbed atop the roof of the swimming pool pavilion. It was drummer Keith Moon's 22nd birthday.

John Dunning was 15 that summer when local radio DJs announced The Who would play three shows at Wedgewood, one Friday night and a Saturday afternoon and evening show. Dunning and friends anticipated the show for weeks, and then the big day came.

Wedgewood was opened in 1958 at NW 63 and Northwest Expressway, and Dunning already had become a fan of The Who. In winter 1967, he saw Herman's Hermits, Blues Magoos, a 1960s psychedelic band, and The Who at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis.


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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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