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Chrissie Hynde in concert in August 2007 in Santa Barbara, California.
Background information
Birth name Christine Ellen Hynde
Born 7 September 1951 (1951-09-07) (age 70)
Akron, Ohio, United States
Genres Rock, New Wave
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, guitarist
Instruments Rhythm Guitar
Years active 1975–present
Labels Sire, WEA, Rhino
Associated acts The Pretenders, JP, Chrissie & the Fairground Boys, Johnny Moped, The Moors Murderers, Tube & Berger, UB40, Frank Sinatra

Christine Ellen "Chrissie" Hynde (born September 7, 1951) is an American musician who is best known as a founding member of the rock band The Pretenders.

Inspired by hippie counter-culture, Hynde worked in London with Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood at their clothing store. In 1978, she formed her own band, The Pretenders, with Pete Farndon, James Honeyman-Scott and Martin Chambers. As singer, songwriter and guitarist, she has been the only constant member of the band throughout its history. She has also released a number of songs with other musicians including Frank Sinatra, Cher and UB40. Hynde and The Pretenders were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

Personal life

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The VegiTerranean restaurant and bar and bakery at 21 Furnace St., Akron, Ohio

Hynde had a daughter, Natalie, in 1983 with Ray Davies of the Kinks. She then married Jim Kerr, lead singer of the band Simple Minds, and had another daughter, Yasmin, in 1985. They lived in South Queensferry. They later divorced, Hynde then married artist Lucho Brieva in 1997. They separated in 2002.

She follows Vaishnavism, a branch of Hinduism and travels to India once every year to further her studies.

Hynde lives in London, UK, and also has an apartment in the Northside Lofts in her hometown of Akron.

She was listed as one of the 50 best-dressed over 50s by The Guardian in March 2013.


Hynde published an autobiography, ''Reckless: My Life as a Pretender'', on September 8, 2015. On December 13, 2015 she was interviewed by Emily Maitlis about the book on the BBC One Andrew Marr show.

Restaurant venture

Hynde opened The VegiTerranean, a vegan restaurant in Akron, Ohio, in November 2007. The restaurant served fusion Italian–Mediterranean food by head chef James Scot Jones. Prior to the restaurant's opening, on September 15, 2007, Hynde performed three songs at the restaurant with an acoustic guitarist, Adam Seymour, a former lead guitarist of the Pretenders. The restaurant was voted among the top five vegan restaurants in the U.S.


The Pretenders

  • 1980: Pretenders
  • 1981: Extended Play
  • 1981: Pretenders II
  • 1984: Learning to Crawl
  • 1986: Get Close
  • 1990: Packed!
  • 1994: Last of the Independents
  • 1995: The Isle Of View
  • 1999: Viva el Amor
  • 2002: Loose Screw
  • 2008: Break Up the Concrete
  • 2016: Alone

JP, Chrissie and The Fairground Boys

  • 2010: Fidelity!

Solo albums

  • 2014: Stockholm

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