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James Honeyman-Scott's grave

James Honeyman-Scott's grave

James Honeyman-Scott

The original guitarist with The Pretenders, who died aged 25, is buried in his native Herefordshire. He's credited with influencing many 'new wave' guitarists, including Johnny Marr.

James Honeyman-Scott died tragically young, just as The Pretenders, the band he was the original guitarist with, were beginning to make it big. He's buried in the churchyard of St Peter's Pipe Cum Lyde Church on the A49 between Hereford and Wellington.

James Honeyman-Scott

James Honeyman-Scott

He was born in Hereford in 1956, and played in several local bands, including The Hawks, and Cheeks, which also featured Martin Chambers, who was to drum with the Pretenders.

He played on the first two Pretenders albums, and is credited with helping develop their distinctive sound.

He died from drug-related heart failure on 16 June 1982.

His gravestone features a Gibson Firebird guitar, and the words:

"Love is everything,
It is the key to life,
and its influences are those that move the world.
Forever in our hearts."

You can find more fascinating stories in Nicola's book "Tales from Herefordshire's Graves". If you know of any famous graves or memorials in Herefordshire or Worcestershire that we could feature we like to hear from you.

last updated: 09/12/2008 at 12:29
created: 09/12/2008

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