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The Pretty Things are an English rock and roll band from London. They pioneered a raw approach to rhythm and blues that influenced a number of key bands of the 1960s British invasion, including The Rolling Stones. David Bowie covered two of their songs on his album Pin Ups.


The Pretty Things were preceded by Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys, which consisted of Dick Taylor, fellow Sidcup Art College student Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. When Brian Jones joined the band on guitar, Taylor was pushed from guitar to bass and the band changed its name to the Rollin’ Stones.

Taylor (born Richard Clifford Taylor, 28 January 1943, in Dartford, Kent) quit the Stones several months later when he was accepted at the London Central School of Art, where he met Phil May (born Phillip Arthur Dennis Wadey, on 9 November 1944, in Dartford, Kent) and they formed The Pretty Things.

Taylor was once again playing guitar, with May singing and playing harmonica. They recruited Brian Pendleton (born 13 April 1944 in Wolverhampton – died 16 May 2001 in Maidstone, Kent) on rhythm guitar; John Stax (born John Edward Lee Fullegar, 6 April 1944 in Crayford, Kent) on bass; and Pete Kitley, replaced by Viv Broughton (on Premier drums) and then by Viv Prince (born Vivian St John Prince, 9 August 1941, in Loughborough, Leicestershire) on drums.

Early career

The Pretty Things caused a sensation in England, and their first three singles — “Rosalyn” #41, “Don’t Bring Me Down” #10, and the self-penned “Honey I Need” at #13 — appeared in the UK singles chart in 1964-1965.


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  • Moonlight__Dawn

    Great British Invasion band that highly underrated. They have a great hard rock proto-punk & proto-metal sound (depending on the song). Good band.

    3 ore fa Rispondi
  • jessyrocker

    Big Fan Here

    14 Apr 11:42 Rispondi
  • JaredMackie

    I have endlessly played S.F Sorrow and Parachute, dunno which one I like more both very different but great. Some of the vocal harmonies and melodies absolutely floor me from both albums. Psychedelic genius.

    19 Dic 2014 Rispondi
  • Menno75

    All Dutch dates for this week cancelled… Here's the press release... "THE PRETTY THINGS Press statement, 22nd October 2014: The lead singer of The Pretty Things – Phil May – was admitted to Charing Cross hospital yesterday, after a routine doctor’s visit to collect regular medication. Hospital sources say that he was admitted for tests when his doctor found that his breathing was irregular. Tests have led to the discovery of the condition COPD, which is now being treated. He is not expected to be released from hospital before the weekend. The Pretty Things were to have started a tour of The Netherlands on the 23rd October, which has now had to be cancelled. The band and Phil May wish that their apologies be conveyed to all their fans in Holland and hope to return to fulfil dates as soon as possible." Get well soon, Phil.

    22 Ott 2014 Rispondi
  • saltyknuckles

    Featured on SaltyKnuckles ~ Oldies №88 -

    1 Ago 2014 Rispondi
  • WalterBeckett

    Das Konzert heute in der Kantine war absolute Spitze... The gig this evening was fantastic...

    21 Mag 2014 Rispondi
  • nicorebel

    Scuzztastic performance on Friday in London ;o) Dick Taylor is a sweetie

    11 Nov 2013 Rispondi
  • DrMaplewood

    Parachute is just one of the best albums i've ever listened to and it's my first time with this band. It gets better?

    14 Mag 2013 Rispondi
  • simonvanderveen

    I'm halfway into S.F. Sorrow. It's really cool to see the succession of sound from album to album up to this point. The band's first album seemed sort of generic (especially for the time) but I'm really enjoying what I'm hearing the farther into their career I go.

    26 Apr 2013 Rispondi
  • Jeshos

    Wow, love at first listen [2]

    22 Apr 2013 Rispondi
  • RedigaRehder

    @Menno75 & k_naruchiha94: Maybe because it's an b-side/bonus track.

    6 Apr 2013 Rispondi
  • sirevolaltarban

    except for baron saturday!

    27 Feb 2013 Rispondi

    YEAH, ONE OF THE VETERAN BANDS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    26 Feb 2013 Rispondi
  • k_naruchiha94

    How is it possible that Midnight To Six Man is not in the Top 20? One of my favorite sixties riffs. [2]

    13 Feb 2013 Rispondi
  • Menno75

    How is it possible that Midnight To Six Man is not in the Top 20? One of my favorite sixties riffs.

    23 Gen 2013 Rispondi
  • Barely-A-Vapor

    Wow, love at first listen D:

    14 Gen 2013 Rispondi
  • JonnyAG

    Greatest band

    29 Ago 2012 Rispondi
  • futurolvidado

    Loneliest Person

    21 Giu 2012 Rispondi
  • chefsam57

    Electrical banana Is bound to be the very next phase

    14 Giu 2012 Rispondi
  • Mister_Postman

    Wow, L. S. D. is something! Great band

    9 Mag 2012 Rispondi
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