Brian Pendleton

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Brian Pendleton
Pretty Things in 1965 Netherlands from left to right: Brian Pendleton, John Stax, Dick Taylor, Phil May, Viv Prince =
Background information
Born(1944-04-13)13 April 1944
Durham, England
Died25 May 2001(2001-05-25) (aged 57)
Maidstone, Kent
GenresPop, rock, rhythm and blues
InstrumentsRhythm guitar
Years active1964–1966

Brian Pendleton (13 April 1944 – 16 May 2001) was a British guitarist, and a founder member of the 1960s pop group Pretty Things.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Durham, Pendleton moved south as a child, attending Dartford Grammar School.[1] After school, he started work in the same field as his father as a trainee insurance clerk, before responding to an advertisement placed in Melody Maker by Dick Taylor and Phil May of the Pretty Things, seeking a guitarist.[1]

Musical career[edit]

As rhythm guitarist for Pretty Things, Pendleton featured on their first two albums, The Pretty Things and Get the Picture?, and 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.[citation needed] In December 1966, exhausted by life on the road, Pendleton quit the band suddenly while en route to a concert in Leeds,[1] and left the music industry.

Later life and death[edit]

Pendleton became an insurance underwriter and followed this career for over 20 years, working for Sun Alliance Insurance and later the Prudential.[1] On 25 May 2001 he was found dead by the door of his flat in Maidstone, Kent; he had been suffering from lung cancer. He was survived by two sons.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Clayson, Alan (27 June 2001). "Obituary - Brian Pendleton". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 November 2016.

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