On This Day: Pete Farndon

Pete Farndon

Pete Farndon, born on June 12, 1952, in Hereford, England, was an incredibly talented bassist who was a founding member of the rock band, The Pretenders. Known for his exceptional skill on the bass guitar and charismatic stage presence, Farndon played a pivotal role in the success and recognition of The Pretenders during their early years.

Formed in 1978, The Pretenders were a British-American rock band that quickly rose to prominence with their unique blend of punk, new wave, and pop music. Pete Farndon’s bass playing provided a solid foundation for the band’s sound, giving it a distinct depth and character that resonated with audiences worldwide. Alongside his fellow bandmates, Chrissie Hynde, James Honeyman-Scott, and Martin Chambers, Farndon contributed to several hit songs and albums, including their eponymous debut album The Pretenders (1979) and the critically acclaimed Pretenders II (1981).

Unfortunately, Pete Farndon’s time with The Pretenders was marred by personal struggles with drug addiction, which ultimately led to his dismissal from the band in 1982. Despite his departure from The Pretenders, Farndon’s influence on the band and the music industry as a whole remained impactful. Tragically, on April 14, 1983, Pete Farndon passed away at the age of 30 due to a drug overdose.

Today, Pete Farndon’s legacy as a talented bassist and founding member of The Pretenders lives on. His contributions to the band’s early success are remembered and celebrated by fans and music critics alike. In 2005, Farndon was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Pretenders, solidifying his place in rock history. Although his time in the music industry was short-lived, Pete Farndon’s undeniable talent and influence continue to inspire musicians and bassists worldwide.

Curated by Jennifer