Pretenders formed in 1978 in London, ENGLAND, featuring an American expatriate vocalist+guitarist & songwriter Chrissie Hynde, who grew up in Akron, Ohio; Hynde assembled the original line-up, enlisting guitarist James Honeyman-Scott, bassist Pete Farndon and drummer Martin Chambers. Their melodic but hard-charging sound suggested a union of Punk and New Wave approaches and they took off almost instantly.
Their first successful recordings in England was a version of Ray
Davies' "Stop Your Sobbing"; produced by Nick
Lowe, the single, climbed into the U.K. Top 40 chart in 1979 and later
reached #65 on the U.S. Pop Singles chart.
The band's debut album, "Pretenders", released worldwide in January 1980, was universally lauded, it quickly took roost at the top of the British Sales chart; "Brass In Pocket" hit #1 in the U.K. and Australia and peaked at #14 on the U.S. Pop Singles chart. After whipping off another top 10 hit single, "Talk Of The Town" for the British market, Hynde brought her band stateside, where its album was rising to #9.