Pretenders formed in England in 1978. The band was fronted by an American: songwriter, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Chrissie Hynde, originally from Akron, Ohio. Through the decades and many changes of personnel, Hynde remains the only member who has been in every incarnation of the band, although original drummer Martin Chambers has returned after an absence of several years. Hynde moved to London in 1973, just a few years before the rise of punk rock in England. She wrote about music, and played with various bands before The Pretenders came together. Their classic self-titled debut album came out at the end of 1979. For the new Pretenders record, Alone, Dan Auerbach is aboard as guitarist and producer. As many listeners have observed, it's like Chrissie Hynde fronting The Black Keys on this spirited collaboration.