Roger Daltrey's Height
5ft 5.5in (166 cm)
British Singer from The Who. Sometimes his hair plus footwear choice can make him appear taller. He says he's 5ft 7.
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5ft 5.05in (165.2cm)
Sandy Cowell said on 21/Jan/17
@ Donna Barker - Hello! If I'd met you when I was 15 or 16, you wouldn't have got rid of me until I'd had a blow-by-blow detailed account of your experience partying with Roger Daltrey at his after-concert celebration! It must have been great!
My boyfriend has shaken hands with Daltrey and the first thing he mentioned was how short he is!
Donna Barker said on 18/Jan/17
I went to a private party in 1973 in Savannah Georgia after a concert of Roger daultry and I was so supprised that he looked 4 11 ! But I guess to me that when I seen him I thought wow he is so short ! I never thought he was tall ! Really nice guy though and had a great party !
Sandy Cowell said on 20/Oct/16
I fell wildly in love with Mr Daltrey when I was a youngster as a result of seeing 'Tommy'. It was his smile, his energy and his voice. I'm certain he was 5ft7 then, which I thought to be quite tall!
I got heavily into the Who and even saw them that year (1976) play at Charlton football ground, which was in the Guinness Book of Records as the loudest concert ever! Only one other kid in my class was there, not that the others were jealous as they were more into mainstream pop, which I could take or leave. The Who though - now they were inspiring!
said on 14/Aug/16
Going back to Palladino, look at him here next to 6'3 John Mayer. Click Here
The man's got to be about 6'8!
Editor Rob: he certainly can look over 5 inches taller than john there, who may well be 6ft 2-3 zone.
Tr27 said on 10/Mar/15
I don't know, Rob. I think he deserves an upgrade to 168cm, or at least 167cm.
billbo said on 24/Dec/14
I worked on an episode of a show that hosted for the History Channel and was around him for the better part of a day. I was really surprised at just how short he was. I'd say that 5'5 1/2 is about right.
neisirap said on 25/Jun/14
@ Hank Schrader - Good one !
larry man said on 11/Feb/14
Reminds me of "Substitute".
Sam said on 21/Nov/13
I have a The Who book with an article from Melody Maker, where The Who claim the following heights: Daltrey 5'7", Pete Townshend 6'0", John Entwistle 5'11.5" and Keith Moon 5'9"...as far as I can tell they were honest, except Daltrey exaggerating about an inch.
diane said on 23/Aug/13
Yes, I met Roger Daltrey and he is tall, very tall.
Brad said on 19/Jul/13
He's listed at 5 feet 7 almost everywhere but he's as listed. Well heeled in the early seventies, just built up sneakers now.
Coolhand said on 25/Jun/13
I didn't realise Roger was that short; I would have thought maybe an inch taller? However, I like Hank's comment; I hope no copyrights were infringed. Lol!
Jeff said on 7/Apr/13
I don't think Roger is this short at least 5'6 -5'7
Tempest said on 2/Apr/13
He could definitely look this tall, or maybe a little less tall.
Hank Schrader said on 27/Mar/13
He looks pretty tall but his heels are high.
jasperwazap said on 16/Jan/12
I was about this height in grade 8. 5'5'' and change. this is in the normal range for 14-15 year old boys 5'5''-5'8'' in US and Canada that is.
Spamination said on 25/Sep/11
Five five and change is spot on. Saw him a week ago on his solo tour and he made a joke that he was a midget compared to his lead guitarist who was around 6 footish. At 67 though the man can truly pass for 20 years younger and sounded great.
dan said on 10/Aug/11
who cares.this height obsession with people is ridicules.are people that insecure they have to try and find something they think is wrong with someone to make themselves feel better?the height complex comes from all the people making fun of shorter people so don't blame small people for something society pushed on them=truth.
Carmen said on 15/Jul/11
Met him a few years back and he is 5'5". I was surprised at how short he is. Very nice guy. We had tea and chatted for a good hour.
pablo said on 4/Jul/11
Be careful. Both men and women shrink with age. Daltry was at least 5'7" in his early 20s. If he is 5'6" at 60 years he is shrinking slower than most of us.
Brad said on 21/May/11
Daltrey touring in the Fall solo. I'm sure Pete is thrilled to see Tommy done with Daltrey. It is like a watered down martini with no olive, heavy on the water, no buzz. He needs income, this is ridiculous. He's 5' 5" str8 up.
paul said on 31/Mar/11
What's the issue? Roger said it all on 'Substitute' years ago... "I look pretty tall but my heels are high"
Anonymous said on 24/Dec/10
Wilt, Joey Ramone was your height exactly!
John T said on 18/Sep/07
You mentioned Pino Palladino earlier. I met him several times in the early 80s when he was a lowly bassist for Welsh rock bands (albeit a brilliant bassist!). I'm 5'11" and he possitively towered above everyone in the venue. He's got to be at least 6'4". His bass guitars (all long scale ones) are dwarfed fy his frame.
glenn said on 31/Aug/07
Mr Man said on 30/Aug/07
Roger's my friend's cousin and I've met him a few times and he's definately around the 5'5"/5'6" mark.
Alexander said on 2/Apr/07
5-5, maybe 5-5.25 tops
rogfan said on 14/Mar/07
I saw him in concert. He seems so tiny and Im 5'5.
He seems roughly my height :3 maybe a tad bigger.
still quite good looking no matter how tall he is -cough-
Hannah said on 8/Feb/07
Wow, I'm taller than one of my idols, [5'10 chick here]. But he's still hot as crazy.
Glenn said on 19/Jan/07
Interesting.I read those magazines.dont remember anything like that.5-6 is generous for this man.he can look 5-5 when I see him.
Garry said on 19/Jan/07
he's 5'5", interesting he admitted it but he's never seemed as self conscious about his height as a lot of shorter rock stars (cough..bono..cough). he got all the girls anyway...
Robert.R said on 18/Jan/07
He was the shortest member of the Who and at the beginning he claimed to be 5'7" looking slightly shorter than Keith Moon who was listed as 5'9". If as I suspect he really was shorter I wonder how tall Keith Moon was? At the time of their listing none of them wore heels, they all wore flat shoes or dessert boots which were quite fasionable with the Mods.
Genevieve Hay said on 1/Jan/07
Roger's height may always remain a mystery... this year alone, he's said he was 5'5" in one magazine, 5'6" in Q mag, and 5'7" in Mojo. The 5'7" was during a part of the interview where he was laughing off his "rock god" 70's image, so it makes me wonder if 5'7" is his heeled and big hair height, 5'6" is with his present-day thick-soled shoes, and 5'5" is barefoot. Pardon the pun, but Who knows?
Dave Marsh's biography Before I Get Old just describes him as being somewhere between 5'5" and 5'7", so I'm guessing he doesn't exactly announce his true stature.
Anthony said on 7/Dec/06
Nowadays, Roger wears casual shoes with chunky soles.
Brad said on 4/Dec/06
Roger wore hilarious high heel boots in concert in the 70's. The '71 tour with the huge heels and huge hair made him look 6'. I've seen him on every tour since '74 and his heel has come down every tour, the doo too.
Anthony said on 11/Nov/06
I don't ever recall Roger's footwear ever being as outlandish as Elton's. I read somewhere, I think here, that Elton once wore 8 inch platforms. But yeah, both of them are notorious for big footwear. Heck, I've noticed most rock singers, or at least the most famous ones (Daltrey, Jagger, Mercury, Morrison, Tyler, etc.) are or were all short (some average) except for Plant (and even he insisted on big footwear despite being 6'1). Guess their heights don't matter, since they have enough of charisma and presence that their heights are of secondary concern...at least to the fans.
sf said on 9/Nov/06
I say, you're short, you're short. Daltrey's got nothing to be ashamed of. Few rock stars and bands can, and will EVER be able to claim what he and The Who can. Too bad everyone always wants or expects, people to be taller. And, too bad people like him and Elton, etc. buy into it and wear those damn lifts all of the time.
Glenn said on 8/Nov/06
I saw Roger in sandels,last time I met him 2001.I was surprised he would embarress himself like that.5-5.
Glenn said on 7/Nov/06
In his dreams 5-7.thats like 5-5 Phil Collins at 5-8.
Tom T. said on 7/Nov/06
5-7 in boots possibly (tends to wear chunky shoes but not Bono-level; incidentally haven't seen a pic of the two together but I'd wager they're about the same height, barefoot, 5-5 and change).
Padraig said on 6/Nov/06
Rob had this quote by Roger: "I'm rock god. I'm five foot seven inches. I had my jaw broken and so my chin stuck out."
Tom T. said on 6/Nov/06
Yes, Roger is probably closer to 5-5 than 5-6.
Anthony said on 4/Nov/06
Sorry, Anonymous was me.
Anonymous said on 4/Nov/06
5'4 too's low for Roger. 5'6 peak, 5'5 now.
Glenn said on 2/Nov/06
Rackon said on 2/Nov/06
As related in another thread...
I would bet Roger Daltrey is under 5'6". He seemed 5'4" or 5'5" to me 25 years ago - I doubt he's grown any. I met him at a Who press conference - when he got up out of his chair, he didn't seem to get any taller. It was a shock, I can tell you. I thought he must have been t least 5'9". Nope. I'm 5'11" and I felt like I was looking down on top of his head!
Anthony said on 31/Oct/06
I agree, Pino looks very tall to me. But he is definitely skinny.
Tom T. said on 31/Oct/06
Haven't met him yet but from pictures Pino seems to be in the 6-3 or 6-4 range (but very skinny). One clue to guitarist/bassist heights is to look at the proportion of their instrument to their body - such as Angus Young who is dwarfed by his, Townshend who looks about 6 ft, and Pino who makes his bass look smaller.
Glenn said on 22/Oct/06
Anthony said on 22/Oct/06
Oh, sorry then. He looks at least 6'1 to me. He seems pretty tall.
Glenn said on 21/Oct/06
Funny how I never saw Pino when they were in town last month.
Anthony said on 20/Oct/06
Hey Glenn, do you know how tall Pino Palladino, the current bassist, is? He looks pretty tall.
Glenn said on 18/Oct/06
Did you notice his footwear Jason?
Jason said on 17/Oct/06
I met John Entwistle on several occasions. I am 6'1" tall and John was a couple inches shorter than I am. In his younger years I suppose he could've been close to 6'.
Glenn said on 14/Oct/06
He gave me the strange illusion.
Anthony said on 13/Oct/06
I think Entwistle was 5'10-ish barefoot (178-179 cm), but with the right shoes was nearer to Pete's height (which I still believe was at his peak 6'2, especically after the May pic). I don't think John was only 5'8. Maybe it was a posture thing.
Glenn said on 13/Oct/06
Amazingly,Enthwistle did look a giant in every old photo I saw.I couldve sworn he was 5-8.5-11 in heels.must dig the pics out.he did wear megaheels in the old days too.
Anthony said on 12/Oct/06
5'8 seems right for Moon. He was a small guy. But he made up for his larger than life personality.
Middle-sized Cat said on 5/Oct/06
Saw Moon listed as 5'8" once. Maybe he was wearing heels. He was very chummy with the late Harry Nilsson; now HE was tall - 6'4"!
Anthony said on 5/Sep/06
Yeah, I'm definitely looking forward to it. I have a feeling this will overtake The Rolling Stones' '03 concert at MSG as my favorite.
And the new album will be great.
Tubbs said on 5/Sep/06
Saw them at the Isle of Wight festival in 2004, even though it was just Roger and Pete from the original line up, they blew the rest of the bands away that weekend....they showed a few of the young bands how to put on a rock show i.e Snow Patrol, Electric Soft Parade, Ordinary Boys,even The Manics. Roger did look around the 5'6 mark when stood next to the 6'0 Townshend though.
Glenn said on 5/Sep/06
Im excited about new album too.have a killer pic of me and Daltry where he still has long hair.
Steven said on 5/Sep/06
It should be a great show Anthony. Have seen them about 13 times (unfortunately never with Moon), and the new album should be killer from the bit I've heard. Roger's in damn good shape for a rocker his age.
Glenn said on 3/Sep/06
Though he cant sing,David Lee Roth(6ft) is my God.
Anthony said on 2/Sep/06
Yes, I agree, Steven. Him, Plant, Mercury and Jagger are the best frontmen in rock. I also agree that their larger than life presences make them seem taller (though Plant was legitimately tall to begin with at 6'1)
I'm actually seeing The Who next month, so I'll know what it's like to really see the man in action.
Steven said on 31/Aug/06
Probly closer to 5-5 than 5-6. Tons of personality and stage presence though so seems taller. Cool guy.
Anthony said on 4/Aug/06
I have a poster in my room of the band. They're all kneeling down, so it might be hard to compare exact heights, but it's easy to tell that Daltrey standing up is no more than 5'6. I initially thought 5'10 because of the shoes and hair, but after looking at early pics of the group, it's clear he's a very small man.
As he sang in "Substitute", "I look pretty tall but my heels are high."
Brad said on 3/Aug/06
About 5' 6". He's the only person I've seen in obvious elevator sneakers. He looks really old if you catch him in reading glasses and from a foot away. Moon I met only a few weeks before he died. I knew he wasn't going to do any tour with The Who. He looked like a 55 year old butler. He said the word "Dear" in every sentance. "Dear boy", "Oh dear", "Dear me".
rod said on 25/Feb/06
there's a pic in which he seems taller than keith moon...but as editor rob said, he was wearing cowboy boots, i think he must be between 5'6" & 5'7".
[Editor Rob: in the past he has worn those boots. Check his latest pics on wireimage beside pheonix, danny baker etc...]
CelebHeights Editor said on 17/Feb/06
From a 1996 book, Rock and Roll, social history, it described him as "5ft 5"
McFan said on 8/Aug/05
I thought Eddie Vedder (5'7) was about an inch taller than Daltrey.
sf said on 6/Jul/05
A co-worker of mine met Roger when she was in high school. Had her picture taken with him at the airport. I am a little over 5'6". My co-worker said he was my height or a little shorter.
British Guy said on 4/Jul/05
I Have To Disagree Here,
Roger Is At Least Two Inch Below This Mark...
How Could I Convince You To Change The Height To Something More Realistic?
Kat said on 1/May/05
I have met Roger on several occassions. I am 5'8" and he is no where near 5"7". More like 5'5.5" to 5'6". Way short.