I chose 1981 music as my theme this year. My newest novel The Summer of Princess Diana is set in the summer of 1981, and oh! the music! Let’s take a look back at a pivotal time in the music industry.
The Who had been around for more than 15 years when they released “You Better You Bet” in February 1981. Lead singer Roger Daltrey was a young 37 at the time, and is with his bandmates Pete Townshend and John Entwistle. It was The Who’s last single to reach the top 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 (it got to #18).
According to Pete Townshend, the songwriter, it was written as a love song for his girlfriend at the time. He said, “I developed [it] over several weeks of clubbing and partying. I had gone through a lean period in my marriage and was seeing the daughter of a friend of mine. I wanted it to be a good song because the girl I wrote it for is one of the best people on the planet…It’s just a pop song.”
Roger Daltrey said it was one of his favorite songs of all.
Here it is: