Click on the artist(s) name to check out their "artist Essential"

Grand Funk Railroad
Grateful Dead
Guess Who
Marvin Gaye
Peter Gabriel
More Links

The Pretenders

Akron, Ohio native Chrissie Hynde had been part of London's punk and new wave scene in the early '70s, and had played with several bands when, in 1978, she launched The Pretenders. Comprising Hynde, guitarist James Honeyman-Scott, bassist Pete Farndon and drummer Martin Chambers, the band soon had a UK hit with its first single, "Stop Your Sobbing," a cover of a tune by Ray Davies of The Kinks, produced by Nick Lowe. Their third single, "Brass in Pocket," became a hit in the U.S. as well. Hynde and Davies met and fell in love in 1980. During the months of late 1982-early 1983, both Honeyman-Scott and Farndon died of drug overdoses, and Hynde gave birth to Davies' child. The first of numerous reinventions of the band came later in 1983, when Hynde pulled together a new lineup and recorded the critical and commercial success Learning to Crawl. The band lineup has changed ever since, but Hynde and crew continue to tour and record, and recently released their first album on independent label Artemis.

Written by: Mary Eisenhart

Wolfgang's Vault Information

Advisory Board Login

Login to access chat and Drive Contests
Not a member? Sign up here.

Email Address:  
Login via
Friday, Sep 19, 2014
Triple Play Weekend
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014
Triple Play Weekend
The Deep End
Sunday, Sep 21, 2014
Triple Play Weekend
Rock 'n Roll Roots
Featuring the 60s and 70s (3hrs)
Sunday Night Star
Nick Skipitaris of Chicago (1hrs)
The Classics
Bruce Springsteen (2hrs)
Monday, Sep 22, 2014
Milestones in Rock
Ten @ 10
One 45 @ 1:45
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
Lost & Found
Long One @ 9
Jethro Tull