Monday, April 15, 2024

WHAT??? Chrissie Hynde Turns 70! Remember When She Bemoaned Being 33 in “Middle of the Road”?


Chrissie Hynde turns 70 years old today. I am gobsmacked. But god bless her, she’s still the most kick ass rocker and my favorite voice.

This means it was 37 years ago when she sang, “I got a kid/I’m 33” in “Middle of the Road.” Seems like yesterday.

The Pretenders were part of the New Wave, the people who were supposed to kick Fleetwood Mac and Rumours to the ground and take no prisoners. So they did, thanks to Seymour Stein at Sire Records.

I could listen to Chrissie sing the phone book. I hope she’s having a rocking, great birthday. Sting turns 70 in October. The end of the classic rock star era is beckoning with only Elvis Costello still a young un. R&B legend Sam Moore turns 86 on October 12th. We have to wrap everyone in Saran Wrap!

One of my faves:

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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