Brian Pendleton

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Brian Pendleton (born 13 April 1944 in Heath Town, Wolverhampton, England; died 16 May 2001 in Maidstone, Kent) was an original member of 60s pop group The Pretty Things. He was their rhythm guitarist and featured on their first two albums, The Pretty Things and Get The Picture, and during the period of the band's greatest commercial success, when they enjoyed hits such as "Rosalyn" and "Don't Bring Me Down" (1964) and "Honey I Need" (1965). Brian played the memorable slide guitar on "Rosalyn", and The Pretty Things sound of the period owes a great deal to his driving rhythm guitar playing. In December 1966, exhausted by life on the road, Pendleton quit the band and turned his back on pop stardom. He became an insurance underwriter and followed this career for over 20 years, although he still continued to play guitar. On 16 May 2001 he was found dead by the door of his flat in Maidstone, Kent; he had been suffering from lung cancer.

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