American singer-songwriter Carla Olson recorded a version of WHOin 1967, the landmark “I Can See For Miles” in aid of Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshendof the Teen Cancer America charity.
The Who website reports: “When Carla first heard about the charity, her immediate thought was, ‘How can we help? and she came up with the idea for Women Sing The Who, an idea fully supported by The Who and the TCA management team. The track is the first in a series of specially recorded Who numbers by female artists, with 100% of proceeds going to Teen Cancer America.
His rock rendition of one of Townshend’s favorite songs features Olson on vocals and guitars; Gary Myrick on guitars; Lou Castro on bass; and Ben Lecourt on drums. This is an exclusive new recording via Have Harmony, Will Travel for the charity Daltrey and Townshend co-founded in 2012.
The original “I can see for miles” became the first, and remarkably their only, Top 10 Who on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1967, when it spent two weeks at No. 9. It reached No. 10 in the UK the same month.
The Texas artist has been making music since the late 1970s, first as a member of the Textones (on singles like “Some Other Girl” and albums including their 1984 debut midnight mission) and then on the full-fledged outputs. These have included collaborations with Gene Clark, on 1987 So rebellious a loverand the 1990s Live together with the old rolling stone Mick Taylor. His last album dates from the 2020s Have Harmony, Will Travel 2a follow-up to the first recording of this title in 2013.
Buy or stream “I Can See For Miles” by Carla Olson on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, Bandcamp and other services. Learn more about Teen Cancer Americaand donate, on their website.