Definition of Tommy from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



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a rock opera (= a story told through a series of rock music songs), written by Pete Townsend of the group The Who and originally recorded and performed by the group in 1969. It tells the story of a boy called Tommy who cannot hear, speak or see but who becomes very good at the game of pinball. It was made into a film (1974) directed by Ken Russell, and later into a stage show.