Pete Townshend cites John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, Hank Marvin, Link Wray, Mose Allison, Ray Charles, and Jimmy Smith as early musical influences. He also has identified Henry Purcell as important to his composing.
Bands acknowledging The Who's influence include Led Zeppelin
, Green Day, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Queen, Van Halen, AC/DC, Deep Purple, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Nirvana
, The Clash
, The Ramones
, the Sex Pistols, and Pearl Jam.