LONDON – 1965: Keith Moon, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, and Pete Townshend of the rock and roll band “The Who” pose for a portrait in 1965 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

May 19 marks a significant milestone for fans of rock music as The Who’s groundbreaking album “Tommy” celebrates its 55th anniversary. Released in 1969, “Tommy” not only propelled The Who to superstardom but also revolutionized the concept of the rock opera, leaving an indelible mark on the music industry.

“Tommy” tells the story of a deaf, dumb, and blind boy who becomes a pinball champion and spiritual leader, offering a captivating narrative woven through powerful rock compositions. The album’s ambitious scope and innovative storytelling captivated audiences, earning critical acclaim and commercial success upon its release.

At the heart of “Tommy” are timeless classics that have become synonymous with The Who’s enduring legacy. From the electrifying overture “Overture” to the anthemic “Pinball Wizard” and the poignant “See Me, Feel Me,” the album features a series of unforgettable tracks that showcase the band’s musical virtuosity and Roger Daltrey’s commanding vocals.

“Tommy” not only showcased The Who’s musical prowess but also cemented their reputation as pioneers of the rock genre. The album’s seamless blend of rock, opera, and storytelling set a new standard for concept albums, inspiring generations of musicians and artists to push the boundaries of creativity in their own work.

Over the past 55 years, “Tommy” has continued to resonate with audiences around the world, earning its place as one of the greatest rock albums of all time. Its influence can be heard in the work of countless artists who have been inspired by The Who’s bold experimentation and fearless approach to music.

As May 19 approaches, fans of The Who and rock music enthusiasts alike have reason to celebrate the enduring legacy of “Tommy” and the impact it has had on the music world over the past five decades. Whether revisiting the album’s iconic tracks or discovering them for the first time, May 19 is sure to be a day of appreciation for the timeless brilliance of The Who’s groundbreaking masterpiece.