Pete Farndon

Musician Pete Farndon
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Profession: Musician


Biography: Pete Farndon was one of the founding members of American British rock band The Pretenders, along with Chrissie Hyde, James Honeyman-Scott and Martin Chambers.

The band formed in 1978 and released their first single in 1979. They had their first UK No. 1 in 1980 with "Brass in Pocket" from their acclaimed self-titled debut album.

Farndon was fired from the band over his drug use in 1982 and died in 1983, drowning in his bath after taking heroin.

Born: June 12, 1952
Birthplace: Hereford, England

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: April 14, 1983 (aged 30)
Cause of Death: Drug overdose

Historical Events

  • 1979-12-27 Sire Records releases "Pretenders", the debut album of The Pretenders, in US
  • 1980-01-07 Real Records releases "Pretenders", the debut album of The Pretenders, in UK
  • 2005-03-14 20th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Buddy Guy; The O'Jays; The Pretenders; Percy Sledge; U2; Frank Barsalona; and Seymour Stein
  • 2008-09-20 Farm Aid 21 held in Mansfield, Massachusetts; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Jerry Lee Lewis, Kenny Chesney, The Pretenders, moe., Arlo Guthrie, Steve Earle, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Jakob Dylan and The Gold Mountain Rebels

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