b. September 7, 1951
Since the late '70s, singer/guitarist/songwriter Chrissie Hynde has been the leader of one of rock's most widely beloved bands, the Pretenders. Born in Akron, Ohio, Hynde bought a one way ticket to London, England, where she became a rock critic before founding her band. Hynde has never been afraid to voice her opinions concerning causes she believes strongly about, such as ending animal cruelty.
In October 1997 Hynde appeared on the cover of High Times, speaking on behalf of marijuana legalization. In November of that year, during a California concert held on National Medical Marijuana Day, she and drummer Martin Chambers wore green ribbons onstage and Hynde stopped the show to announce that it was because, "we do endorse the use of the herb for medical and other reasons. And I can tell you at 46 that marijuana is the key to longevity." Hynde now reports she no longer smokes and "feels fantastic." But her song, "Legalize Me" remains an anthem for marijuana farmers everywhere.