The Pretty Things
The Pretty Things are an English garage rock band formed in London in 1963. Thy named their band after a song Pretty Thing by Willie Dixon interpreted by Bo Diddley (1955). pure rhythm and blues band in their early years, with several singles charting in the United Kingdom, they later embraced other genres such as psychedelic rock in the late 1960s (with 1968 S.F. Sorrow being one of the first rock operas), hard rock in the early 1970s and new wave in the early 1980s. Despite this, they never managed to recapture the same level of commercial success of their very first releases.
Original rhythm guitarist Brian Pendleton died of lung cancer on 16 May 2001 in Maidstone. The following year their ex-keyboard player Gordon Edwards, who also played for the Kinks in the late 1970s, died of a drug overdose.