Why Famous: 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.
- 1980-01-11 Debut of first The Pretenders album "Pretenders"