Phil May (singer)

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Phil May
Birth name Philip Arthur Dennis Wadey
Born (1944-11-09) 9 November 1944 (age 70)
Dartford, Kent, England, UK
Genres Rock and roll, pop, rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1965–present

Phillip Arthur Dennis Wadey (born 9 November 1944, Livingstone Hospital, Dartford, Kent, England),[1][2] known as Phil May, is an English vocalist. He gained fame in the 1960s as the lead singer of The Pretty Things, of which he was a founding member.

May has maintained membership throughout the band's line-up, which otherwise underwent many changes over the years, and he was one of the band's main lyricists. He was the primary lyricist for the album, S.F. Sorrow, which has been considered to be the first rock opera and an influence on The Who's Tommy, which appeared shortly afterward.[citation needed] Controversy still exists as to which band member had the original idea for the piece.[3]


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  3. ^ Alan Lakey, The Pretty Things: Growing Old Disgracefully (2002)

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