23 October 2016 - CHRISSIE HYNDE




CHRISSIE HYNDE

G'day folks,

Welcome to some background on a great singer and activist. Chrissie Hynde came to fame as the frontwoman for the Pretenders. Hits "Brass in Pocket" and "My City Was Gone" became rock anthems in the 1970s and '80s.


Synopsis

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Chrissie Hynde was born September 7, 1951, in Akron, Ohio. Her band, The Pretenders, got together in the late 1970s and released a self-titled album in 1980. She and bandmate James Honeyman-Scott penned the group's first hit, "Brass in Pocket." Subsequent releases produced the hit songs "Middle of the Road," "Show Me" and "I'll Stand by You."



Early Life and Career

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Christine Ellen Hynde was born on September 7, 1951, in Akron, Ohio. Hynde was one of the leading women in rock in the 1980s and '90s as the lead singer of the Pretenders. After studying art at Kent State University for a time, she took off for London, England, where she discovered the emerging new rock genre called "punk."



The Pretenders

The Pretenders got together in the late 1970s and released a self-titled album in 1980. Hynde and bandmate James Honeyman-Scott penned the group's first hit, "Brass in Pocket." Subsequent releases produced the hit songs "Middle of the Road," "Show Me" and "Back on the Chain Gang" (from 1984's Learning to Crawl); and "Don't Get Me Wrong" (from 1986's Get Close); as well as 1994's "I'll Stand by You."

In 2005 the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2015 Hynde released the autobiography Reckless: My Life as a Pretender.



Personal Life

Chrissie Hynde divorced Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr in 1990 after six years of marriage. Together they have a daughter, Yasmin. Hynde also has a daughter, Natalie, with her former longtime partner Ray Davies of the Kinks.


Clancy's comment: Just love the pretenders.

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