The Pretendersare an Anglo American rock band which consisted of Chrissie Hynde (singer, songwriter and guitar), James Honeyman-Scott (vocals, keyboard and guitar player), Pete Fardon (bass guitar player and vocals), and Martin Chambers (drums and percussion). Hynde is the only one who endured the whole time the band was together. Drugs became a problem and many changes were done in membership throughout the duration of the band.
Hynde was from Akron, Ohio and she later moved to London in 1973. She dated the English rock Critic Nick Kent and she wrote for the weekly music newspaper called, New Musical Express. After several years she went from writing to performing. In 1978Hynde formed her band and Pete Farndon was the first one to join (he and Hynde were romantically involved). Honeyman-Scott was recruited and they recorded their first single called, Stop Your Sobbing. At this time they still did not have a drummer so they later recruited Martin Chambers to be their drummer. The band signed with Real Records label in 1978, with their demo called, The Phone Call. The quickly became well known with their single, Stop Your Sobbing. It was followed the same year with other singles, Kid, and Brass In Pocket. The latter hit number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. They released their first album in 1980, called, The Pretenders. The album was a huge success in the United States and also in the U. K.. They had many sales in both countries. The album was named as one of the best albums of all time by VHI, ranking number 52 on the list and number 155 on the list of Rolling Stone Magazine. Their second album, Pretenders II, was not as successful but it still is considered to be a great album. From it came the singles, Day After Day, The Adulteress, Birds of Paradise, and The English Roses. At this point in their career, Hynde fired Pete Farndon (her ex-lover), for having a drug addiction. Two days after that (June 16, 1982), Honeyman-Scott died from a drug overdose on cocaine. A year later (April 14, 1983), Farndon died from an overdose on heroin.
Hynde decided to continue with the band so she recruited more members and recorded the comeback single, Back On the Chain Gang. After this there were more changes in the member base. After 1987 they took a brief recess and in 1990, Hynde hired more players and released the album called, Packed. The band continued to record and perform and in March, 2005. The Pretenders were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There were a total of 13 albums and 29 singles during the career of The Pretenders.
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