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The Pretenders

The word obscure doesn't aptly describe the Pretenders' brief association with the recording industry. Their recordings were virtually unknown until the reissue of various CDs of Carnival Records recordings. The only Carnival acts to receive any exposure nationally were the Manhattans and Lee Williams & the Cymbals; Carnival's many other releases by a laundry list of artists never saw much action. Carnival was a tiny company that owner Joe Evans ran out of his house; his wife and a part-time employee were his only staff. While running Carnival, Evans also played sax and toured with Motown's road band under the direction of Choker Campbell; ex-Temptation guitarist Cornelius Grant says Evans would promote Carnival recordings while touring and backing the Motown acts. The Pretenders also suffered because Joe Evans had practically lost interest in the record business. He earned a G.E.D. and started taking college courses at Rutgers University. This action by Evans was directly related to his money makers, the Manhattans, jumping ship; Evans felt betrayed since he had groomed and polished the group from nothing. However, he was persuaded to make another attempt at making records when he heard a tape of the Pretenders that floored him. They had a different name that Evans didn't like so he changed it. The original group was Harry Simpkins, Eugene Cohen, Neil Page, and Valerie Scott. Page and Scott alternated singing lead. Changes came quick. Though Scott appeared on their first recording, a remake of the Manhattans' "I Wanna Be," her husband didn't want her to tour so she quit. Enter Patricia Tandy who fit right in and had a stronger voice. Their recordings were vocal masterpieces, with exciting harmonies and emotional leads. Three good examples of this are, "For the Rest of My Days," "Hearts Were Made to Love," and an exciting remake of the Manhattans' "I'm the One Love Forgot." They appeared with groups like the Chi-Lites, Kool & the Gang, the Persuaders, the Intruders, Main Ingredient, and the Drifters, mostly in the Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, PA, areas. Although they never had a record to chart on Billboard, the Pretenders were a versatile and talented group. Member Eugene Cohen went on to write and produce, some of his work appears on the Philadelphia International label. ~ Andrew Hamilton
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Chrissie QUEEN of rock
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Chrissie has an awesome voice...
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❤️ I'll always stand by you, Babes ❤️
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nunnayobiz42 0
TY, Ms.Hynde & circle! {{hugz}} :)
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pjtmom
God how I miss her. She was all Rock & Roll!
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Never Do That..
That's Right Never Say Never..
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My baby..
Pretty song;)
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Hot!
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bwishnoff
what a badass voice and delivery!
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briankillack y
what a great voice!
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deanmataitis
F6
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The Pretenders are cool
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every time i hear her songs i tell people to keep quiet so i can listen to my girlfriend sing lol funny thing is they always hush up .... love Chrissie
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Beautiful
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beofservice2
Isle of View is a beautiful, and beautifully recorded disk. Love it!
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Chrissie Hynde is terrific and the band suits her talents well. The Pretenders were well above the 1980's standard. Indeed, the band would have fit in well in the 60's, a more creative era by quite a bit.
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A Friend stands by u weather UR right or wrong
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I'll Stand By You too...
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It might just be fantastic
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I have been in love with Chrissie Hynde since the first time I heard her voice.
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I'll stand by any body that needs help
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brandyoneal6 0 3 5 4
I stood by him ;-(
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No matter how much time goes by, I am always in awe of the Pretenders and Chrissy.
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Us Ohions love that Chrissie Hynde's (pretenders )
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Love their music, too bad Honeycutt drugged out...
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Ohions Love the Pretenders.. . . lol
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Such a great voice and performer. I wonder why she never made it as big solo as she did with the band. Even though she was The Pretenders.
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And Now I'm Back On The Chain Gang, Again.....
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edmoeduardo
Amazing
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't read this you will die in two days. Now that you've started reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on five songs in the next 143 min. when your done press F6 an your lovers name will pop up on your screen in big letters. Trust me it works
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This chick "Chrissie" does the worst rendition of "Creep" that I have ever heard. I've heard some crappy people thinking that they can be like Tom York but this is just godawful. I hope that my station never plays anything by "The Pretenders" ever again.
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This is Chrissie's best song bar far!
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Can not make a Pretenders station or U 2 ,Police ones because all the other 80's crap they think we want to hear !!
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Great great band hynde's voice is so familiar by now it soothes
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Never got to see them live...but I love me some Chrissie!
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Chrissie rocks! Great song from a great band.
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I'll stand by you
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gusdlgarza
Yea
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claricentp91 7
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Interested on making some extra cash? go to BLUDOS.COM You can make $300+ a week easily. Its free so no scam here.
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Chrissie has one of the hottest voices ever!
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gusdlgarza
Love Chrissie
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My city was gone...the Pretenders had the best songs. Pure genius lyrically and Chrissies voice drop dead sexy.
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1....2....3. . . . 4 . . . . 5



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My fav classic Pretenders song. Never stop rocking Chrissie
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Got one chance to see them. It was a concert in support of "learning to crawl" release. The drummer during "middle of the road" was spinning out drumsticks. Awesome concert! Was so close to Chrissy and the band. Middle 80's. Those were the days good times. Keep rocking Chrissy!
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amy31562
Happy birthday Chrissie!
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vic_dlg
Love this song
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I love my fellow Akron girl!!! Pass by her old high school just about once a month, and I'll think of her. Fantastic voice!
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Love
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