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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.
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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."
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 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."
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.
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