Tag: Chrissie Hynde

31-Aug

This Day In 80s Music, August 31st

On this day in 1984: ‘Purple Rain’ the movie-starring Prince opened at cinemas across the U.K. with special late night previews. The film grossed more than $80 million at the box office and became a cult classic. On this day in 1985: Brothers In Arms’ by Dire Straits started a nine-week run at #1 on the U.S. […]

16-Jun

This Day In 80s Music, June 16th

On this day in 1982: Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott died following sustained cocaine and heroin addiction. During the mid-1970s, Honeyman-Scott met future Pretenders bandmate Pete Farndon while the bassist was playing with Cold River Lady in Hereford (Melody Maker, 1979). In 1978, Farndon recruited Honeyman-Scott for a series of Pretenders rehearsals and recording sessions, and he officially […]

18-May

This Day In 80s Music, May 18th

On this day in 1985: Simple Minds went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘(Don’t You) Forget About Me’. Written by Keith Forsey (who won an Oscar for “Flashdance… What a Feeling”) and Steve Schiff (guitarist and songwriter from the Nina Hagen band), the track was featured in the 1985 American film The […]

05-May

This Day In 80s Music, May 5th

On this day in 1984: Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr married Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde in a horse drawn carriage in Central Park, New York City. The couple divorced in 1990. Also on this day in 1984: Duran Duran were at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Reflex’, the group’s second and last […]

19-Jan

This Day In Music, January 19th

On this day in 1980: The Pretenders scored their first U.K. #1 hit with their third single ‘Brass In Pocket’. Singer Chrissie Hynde got the idea for the song’s title when, during an after-show dinner, she overheard someone enquiring if anyone had, “Picked up dry cleaning? Any brass in pocket?” Also on this day in […]

31-Aug

This Day In Music, August 31st

On this day in 1984: ‘Purple Rain’ the movie-starring Prince opened at cinemas across the U.K. with special late night previews. The film grossed more than $80 million at the box office and became a cult classic. On this day in 1985: Brothers In Arms’ by Dire Straits started a nine-week run at #1 on the U.S. […]

16-Jun

This Day In Music, June 16th

On this day in 1982: Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott died following sustained cocaine and heroin addiction. With the Pretenders, Honeyman-Scott established a reputation as one of the most original and versatile guitarists of the early ’80s new wave movement. In addition to his role as lead guitarist, Honeyman-Scott co-wrote a number of songs for the […]

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