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The Pretty Things

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Dick Taylor - guitar/vocals, Phil May - guitar/vocals, John Stax - bass, Brian Pendleton - guitar, Viv Prince - drums

The Rolling Stones were not the only R&B band to come out of Kent in the early 1960s. Formed at Sidcup Art College in 1963 when Phil and Dick met up. Dick Taylor had already played in an early version of The Rolling Stones and had been part of the line-up during the band's debut in July 1962. Taylor had previously been in a band called Little Boy Blue & The Blue Boys which also included Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Taylor was replaced by Bill Wyman as the Stones bass player when he went to art school.

Back on guitar and with Phil May on vocals and harmonica they were joined by Brian Pendleton, John Stax and original drummer Pete Kitley who was quickly replaced by Viv Andrews and Viv Prince. Their first manager was Brian Morrison, a fellow art student, who went on to a major managerial and promotional career in the music business. The band played hard-edged R&B. The name was indeed taken from a Bo Diddley song Pretty Thing.

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