James Honeyman-Scott

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James Honeyman Scott
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English guitarist b. November 4, 1956, Hereford, England.
A self-taught guitarist, Jimmy at first thought licks were the most important thing to learn, although he now claims chord work turned out to be more vital. His main influences as a teenager were Hank Marvin & The Shadows, Eric Clapton with Cream and Derek & The Dominos, and the The Allman Brothers Band. A year after taking up guitar, Jimmy began performing at youth clubs, often appearing on a borrowed bass: "We were playing 'Sunshine Of Your Love,' 'Hey Joe,' and songs like that. Then I was with a band that had no name from what I can remember. It was probably 'something Blues Band' because everything turned out to be a blues band back then. This was in 1968." At 16, Honeyman-Scott bought a Gibson ES-335, and recorded tracks for an album by Robert John Godfrey.

James Honeyman-Scott was raising vegetables and selling guitars in Hereford, England, during the summer of 1978. Jimmy was in three other lineups prior to joining The Pretenders - The Hawks, The Hot Band, and Cheeks (including later to be Pretenders' drummer Martin Chambers). Cheeks toured extensively for three years without ever recording.
A phone call from Pete Farndon brought him to London, where he met Chrissie Hynde, and saw an opening for his abbreviated lead style between Chrissie's quavering, throaty vocals and unique guitar rhythms, so he joined her lineup, The Pretenders.

Honeyman-Scott performed Guitar/Keyboards/Vocals with The Pretenders. Onstage Jimmy usually used one of three 'Zemaitis' guitars that were crafted for him by Tony Zemaitis, a luthier in Chatham, England. After lengthy touring, The Pretenders completed recording their second full album Pretenders II.
Honeyman-Scott was part of the live backing band of The Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor that performed a UK club tour in 1981.

At The Pretenders group meeting on 14 June 1982 to dismiss Pete Farndon, Honeyman-Scott suggested bringing Robbie McIntosh into the group in some capacity.
d. June 16, 1982. Died from cocaine/heroin overdose. He influenced other well-known guitarists such as Johnny Marr, who noted that "most of all, the jingle-jangle came from James Honeyman-Scott of the Pretenders. Honeyman-Scott is also credited with discovering Violent Femmes, who opened for The Pretenders at the Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee, while the band was on an 1981 US tour.
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Vocals

12CENT 01 James Honeyman-Scott - The Wait album art The Pretenders The Pretenders - The Wait(2x12", Unofficial) Centrifugal Records 12CENT 01 UK 1979 Sell This Version
PR-006 James Honeyman-Scott - Cynical Sensation album art Pretenders* Pretenders* - Cynical Sensation(2xLP, Unofficial) TBS Records (3) PR-006 US 1980 Sell This Version
QSR 6083 James Honeyman-Scott - Pretenders album art Pretenders* Pretenders* - Pretenders (Album, Comp) Real Records (2) QSR 6083 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
12CENT-17 James Honeyman-Scott - One Night Stand album art Pretenders* Pretenders* - One Night Stand(2xLP, Unofficial) Centrifugal Records 12CENT-17 UK 1980 Sell This Version
M5S-3572 James Honeyman-Scott - Pretenders II album art Pretenders* Pretenders* - Pretenders II (Album, Comp) Real Records (2) M5S-3572 US 1981 Sell This Version
EREDV1318 James Honeyman-Scott - Alone With Chrissie Hynde album art Chrissie Hynde, The Pretenders Chrissie Hynde, The Pretenders - Alone With Chrissie Hynde(DVD-V) Eagle Vision EREDV1318 2018 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

RAL 2 James Honeyman-Scott - Place Your Bets album art Tommy Morrison Tommy Morrison - Place Your Bets(LP, Album) Real Records (2) RAL 2 UK 1979 Sell This Version
12CENT 01 James Honeyman-Scott - The Wait album art The Pretenders The Pretenders - The Wait(2x12", Unofficial) Centrifugal Records 12CENT 01 UK 1979 Sell This Version
PR-006 James Honeyman-Scott - Cynical Sensation album art Pretenders* Pretenders* - Cynical Sensation TBS Records (3) PR-006 US 1980 Sell This Version
QSR 6083 James Honeyman-Scott - Pretenders album art Pretenders* Pretenders* - Pretenders (Album, Comp) Real Records (2) QSR 6083 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
12CENT-17 James Honeyman-Scott - One Night Stand album art Pretenders* Pretenders* - One Night Stand(2xLP, Unofficial) Centrifugal Records 12CENT-17 UK 1980 Sell This Version
ATL 60 153, SD 2-7005, WE 322 James Honeyman-Scott - Concerts For The People Of Kampuchea album art Various Various - Concerts For The People Of Kampuchea (Comp, Album) Atlantic, Atlantic, Atlantic ATL 60 153, SD 2-7005, WE 322 Austria 1981 Sell This Version
M5S-3572 James Honeyman-Scott - Pretenders II album art Pretenders* Pretenders* - Pretenders II (Album, Comp) Real Records (2) M5S-3572 US 1981 Sell This Version
CN 3958/S James Honeyman-Scott - In Concert-273 album art The Pretenders The Pretenders - In Concert-273(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 3958/S UK 1982 Sell This Version
PKH-7033 James Honeyman-Scott - Pretenders & Pretenders II album art Pretenders* Pretenders* - Pretenders & Pretenders II(Cass, Comp, Dol) WEA PKH-7033 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
AHOE 2 James Honeyman-Scott - An Alternative History Volume Two album art The Enid The Enid - An Alternative History Volume Two(LP, Comp, Ltd) Not On Label (The Enid Self-released) AHOE 2 UK 1994 Sell This Version
RUBBISHCD005 James Honeyman-Scott - Bored Teenagers Vol. 4: 16 Great British Punk Originals '77 - '82 album art Various My Own Creation (as Jimmy Honeyman-Scott) Various - Bored Teenagers Vol. 4: 16 Great British Punk Originals '77 - '82 (Comp) Bin Liner Records RUBBISHCD005 UK 2006 Sell This Version
IECP-20047/48 James Honeyman-Scott - An Alternative History Volume One & Two album art The Enid The Enid - An Alternative History Volume One & Two(2xCD, Comp) WHD Entertainment, Inc. IECP-20047/48 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
EREDV1318 James Honeyman-Scott - Alone With Chrissie Hynde album art Chrissie Hynde, The Pretenders Chrissie Hynde, The Pretenders - Alone With Chrissie Hynde(DVD-V) Eagle Vision EREDV1318 2018 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

NE 1066 James Honeyman-Scott - Video Stars album art Various Brass In Pocket (as Honeyman-Scott) Various - Video Stars (Comp) K-Tel NE 1066 UK 1979 Sell This Version
SRE 49181 James Honeyman-Scott - Brass In Pocket (I'm Special) album art Pretenders* Pretenders* - Brass In Pocket (I'm Special) (Single) Sire SRE 49181 US 1979 Sell This Version
WB 17529 James Honeyman-Scott - Brass In Pocket album art Pretenders* Nervous But Shy and 2 more… Pretenders* - Brass In Pocket (Single) Real Records (2) WB 17529 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
4M024-23925 James Honeyman-Scott - Hit Explosion Vol. 1 album art Christopher John, Orchestre Et Chanteurs* Brass In Pocket (as Honeyman/Scott) Christopher John, Orchestre Et Chanteurs* - Hit Explosion Vol. 1(LP) Music For Pleasure 4M024-23925 Belgium 1979 Sell This Version
3433 221 James Honeyman-Scott - Super Van album art United Singers Brass In Pocket United Singers - Super Van(Cass) Polydor 3433 221 Norway 1980 Sell This Version
FFLPS 508, SSLPS 508 James Honeyman-Scott - Timantti hitit 2 album art Various Oon Aikuinen = Brass In Pocket (as J.H. Scott) Various - Timantti hitit 2(LP, Comp) Fifty-Fifty, Fifty-Fifty FFLPS 508, SSLPS 508 Finland 1980 Sell This Version