Chrissie Hynde

Rock Singer-songwriter and Founder of Pretenders
Born Sep 7, 1951

Christine Ellen "Chrissie" Hynde is an American musician best known as the leader of the rock/new wave band the Pretenders. She is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, and has been the only constant member of the band throughout its history.

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1951 Birth Born on September 7, 1951.


1970 18 Years Old Hynde was also caught up in the Kent State shootings on May 4, 1970 in which the boyfriend of one her friends was amongst the four victims.


1973 21 Years Old Hynde also developed an interest in the UK music magazine NME and moved to London in 1973. … Read More
1975 23 Years Old Hynde then attempted to start a band in France before her return to Cleveland in 1975.
1976 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Hynde went back to France in 1976 to try to form a band, but it did not work out. … Read More
Hynde also spent a short time with The Moors Murderers in 1978. … Read More


1985 33 Years Old …  She then married Jim Kerr, lead singer of the band Simple Minds, and had another daughter, Yasmin, in 1985. … Read More
1991 39 Years Old Hynde also recorded a cover of Morrissey's "Everyday is Like Sunday", for The Pretenders album "Pirate Radio" as well as providing backing vocals on Morrissey's single "My Love Life" in 1991 and again on b-side "Shame Is The Name" in 2009.


1994 42 Years Old Hynde recorded a duet with Frank Sinatra on Sinatra's 1994 album Duets II. … Read More
1995 43 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1995, Hynde made an acting appearance (and performed "Angel of the Morning" on acoustic guitar) on the US television comedy Friends on the episode "The One with the Baby on the Bus".
1997 45 Years Old They later divorced, and Hynde married artist Lucho Brieva in 1997. … Read More
1998 46 Years Old …  In 1998, Hynde sang a duet with her friend Emmylou Harris, "She", accompanied by The Pretenders on the Gram Parsons tribute album, Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons. … Read More


2004 52 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2004, Hynde moved to São Paulo, Brazil, for a couple of months in order to play with Brazilian musician Moreno Veloso in an informal tour that lasted until December 2004. … Read More
Likewise in 2005, Hynde duetted with Ringo Starr on a song entitled "Don't Hang Up" which can be heard on Starr's album Choose Love.
2008 56 Years Old On October 17, 2008, she was an opening act for fellow Akron-area musicians Devo at a special benefit concert at the Akron Civic Theater for then-presidential candidate Barack Obama. … Read More
2009 57 Years Old Hynde features as guest vocalist on Ray Davies' 2009 Christmas single Postcard From London and Morrissey's Years of Refusal the same year. Chrissie Hynde and Welsh singer J.P. Jones have formed a band called "J.P., Chrissie and the Fairground Boys". They released their debut album, Fidelity, on August 24, 2010. … Read More
2010 58 Years Old She also later joined Cave in 2010 for a rendition of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' famous song "I Put a Spell on You" as a benefit for the Haiti disasters. … Read More


2013 61 Years Old 1 More Event
She was listed as one of the 50 best-dressed over 50s by The Guardian in March 2013.
2015 63 Years Old 1 More Event
Hynde published an autobiography, Reckless: My Life as a Pretender, on September 8, 2015.
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