The Pretenders are a British rock band. The original band consisted of group founder and main songwriter Chrissie Hynde (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), James Honeyman-Scott (lead guitar,backing vocals, keyboards), Pete Farndon (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Martin Chambers(drums, backing vocals, percussion).
The Pretenders quickly rose to critical attention with the January 1979 single, "Stop Your Sobbing", written in 1964 by Ray Davies. It was followed in quick succession that year by the popular singles "Kid" in June and "Brass in Pocket" in November, which cracked the American market for the band (reaching #14 on the Billboard Hot 100), and reached no.1 in the UK.
"Back on the Chain Gang," This song was released in October and marked a new level of musical sophistication for the band while becoming their biggest hit in the U.S., staying at #5 for three consecutive weeks.
Lyrics | Pretenders lyrics - I'll Stand By You lyrics
In March 2005, the Pretenders were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Only Hynde and Chambers attended the ceremony. In her acceptance speech, Hynde named and thanked all the replacement members of the group. [wikipedia]