50 notes for 2010: miss hynde, 50 best voices, 50 amazing faces, 50 reasons to adore the smiths

chrissie hynde, musician. born: akron, ohio (1951)

left this country as soon as she could, and headed to the town where everything was happening, london. worked for vivienne westwood, punk designer, wrote reviews for new musical express and finally started her own band. the pretenders have always really been all about chrissie, although its first incantation will always be remembered as the band that created “that” sound. the eye shadow she stole from dusty springfield, her first hit “stop you’re sobbing” she borrowed from the future father of one of her children, ray davies of the kinks, but everything else was her creation, including her trademark vibrato. johnny marr of the smiths was in her band and co-wrote a few tunes with her in the late 1980’s and she sang back up on morrissey’s “my love life”.

tickets go on sale this friday for her newest adventure, a new album with a man half her age, and a new name for her group “j.p., chrissie, and the fairground boys”. the concert is in october at the roseland and while the group moniker seems purposefully gangly the new song is not. check out “if you let me” on youTube. the album is released later this month. not bad for an almost 60 year old mother of two, and long time defiant animal rights’ activist.


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i love her voice. best thing to come out of akron, ever.

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