The Pretenders are an English-American rock band formed in Hereford, England, in March 1978. The original band comprised initiator 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). Following the drug-related deaths of Honeyman-Scott and Farndon, the band has experienced numerous subsequent personnel changes, with Hynde as the only consistent member, and Chambers returning after an absence of several years.
Hynde has a daughter, Natalie, with Ray Davies of The Kinks. They had a common-law marriage, and tried to get married legally, but the registrar refused to issue them a marriage license because they were arguing.
Hynde is a vegetarian and animal-rights activist. She once joked that McDonalds should be firebombed.
Honeyman-Scott died of a heroin overdose a few days after Farndon was fired from the band for excessive drug use. Farndon died 10 months later of an overdose at age 30.
Hynde was a Freshman at Kent State University in 1970, and was protesting when the National Guard killed 4 students. She left and never went back to college.
Farndon and Hynde were lovers until she kicked him out of the band in 1982.
Hynde grew up in Akron, Ohio, which is where serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was born. She moved to London in 1973.
Hynde left Ray Davis and married Jim Kerr, the lead singer of Simple Minds, in 1984. They have a daughter, Yasmin, and divorced in 1990.