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The Pretty Things are a 1960s and 1970s rock and roll band from London. They pioneered a raw approach to rhythm and blues (and later, psychedelia) that influenced a number of key bands of the 1960s British invasion, particularly The Rolling Stones, and David Bowie whose first hero was Phil May.

Pretty Things was 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 Little Boy Blue and the Blues Boys as guitarist, Taylor was pushed from playing guitar to bass and the Rolling Stones were formed.

Several months later Dick Taylor (born Richard Clifford Taylor, 28 January 1943, in Dartford, Kent) quit the newly formed Rolling Stones to pursue his schooling when he was accepted at London Central School of Art, where he met up with Phil May (born Phillip Arthur Dennis Kattner, on 9 November 1944, in Dartford, Kent) and they formed Pretty Things.

Taylor was once again playing his preferred 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, after trying a couple of different drummers, including Pete Kitley and Viv Andrews, stuck with Viv Prince (born Vivian St John Prince, 9 August 1944, in Loughborough, Leices).

Early career

They 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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  • Sokratia59

    Meanwhile I'm a hardboiled avant-garde jazz fan,anyway S.F. Sorrow remains a timeless masterpiece.

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  • 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 Oct 11:07pm Reply
  • saltyknuckles

    Featured on SaltyKnuckles ~ Oldies №88 -

    1 Aug 10:24pm Reply
  • WalterBeckett

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

    21 May 9:57pm Reply
  • nicorebel

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

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • 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 May 2013 Reply
  • 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 Reply
  • Jeshos

    Wow, love at first listen [2]

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
  • RedigaRehder

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

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • sirevolaltarban

    except for baron saturday!

    27 Feb 2013 Reply

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

    26 Feb 2013 Reply
  • 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 Reply
  • Menno75

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

    23 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Barely-A-Vapor

    Wow, love at first listen D:

    14 Jan 2013 Reply
  • JonnyAG

    Greatest band

    29 Aug 2012 Reply
  • futurolvidado

    Loneliest Person

    21 Jun 2012 Reply
  • chefsam57

    Electrical banana Is bound to be the very next phase

    14 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Mister_Postman

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

    9 May 2012 Reply
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  • LSBumblebee

    Love every incarnation of the Pretties!

    14 Apr 2012 Reply
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