Akron native Chrissie Hynde is a rock pioneer and for decades the only constant in the lineup of 2005 Rock and Roll of Fame inductees, the Pretenders. Born on September 7, 1951, she was one of the first women to front a popular rock band - not only as the singer, but also as main songwriter and bandleader - presenting a hard, unsentimental image that was far removed from the likes of Linda Ronstadt or Stevie Nicks. She seemed tough, and her songs, including “Tattooed Love Boys,” “Up the Neck” and “The Phone Call,” could at times be unsparing, though she’d counterpoint those with sweeter tunes like “Kid” and “Don’t Get Me Wrong.”
In the early 1970s, Hynde moved to London in hopes of finding her footing in the music business. By 1978, budding vocalist and guitarist Hynde assembled the definitive Pretenders lineup with guitarist James Honeyman-Scott, bassist Pete Farndon and drummer Martin Chambers – all from rustic Hereford. The band took off almost instantly, mastering the blistering pace and aggression of punk (fitting as she was friendly with members of the Sex Pistols and The Clash) though with added dimension. Hynde's songs possessed the melodic sheen of well-turned pop ...
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Chrissie Hynde visited the Museum this afternoon.
Hynde was in town with her band JP, Chrissie & the Fairground Boys who perform live tonight at the Grog Shop. But first, a stop to the Rock Hall's Alan Freed studio for an on-air interview and live performance on V 107.3. The group talked about Chrissie and JP's first meeting, collaborating on their new album Fidelty! in Havana, Chrissie's restaurant The Vegiterranean in Akron and more. Click here to listen to the interview.
Related: Chrissie Hynde performs at the Rock Hall's 2007 American Music Masters tribute concert honoring Jerry Lee Lewis.