Personalities | The Pretty Things | Sixties | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1963–present)

Phil May (vocals) and ex-Rolling Stone Dick Taylor (guitar) formed this London R&B outfit in 1963. A long-haired reprobate image held instant appeal and they made the UK Top 20 with ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’ and ‘Honey I Need’. A few minor hits later, they signed off the singles chart for ever in 1966, and sales did not match critical acclaim for works such as S.F. Sorrow (1968) – unarguably the first ‘rock opera’ – and 1969’s Parachute, Rolling Stone magazine’s Album Of The Year.

Styles & Forms | Sixties | Rock
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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