Phil May (singer)

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Phil May
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Phil May on stage with the Pretty Things in 2013.
Background information
Birth name Philip Dennis Arthur Wadey
Born (1944-11-09) 9 November 1944 (age 74)
Dartford, Kent, England
Genres Rock and roll, pop, rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1965–present

Phil May (born Philip Arthur Dennis Wadey 9 November 1944 in Dartford, Kent)[1][2] is an English vocalist. He gained fame in the 1960s as the lead singer of The Pretty Things, of which he was a founding member.

May has maintained membership throughout the band's line-up, which otherwise underwent many changes over the years, and he was one of the band's main lyricists. He was the primary lyricist for the album, S.F. Sorrow. Controversy still exists as to which band member had the original idea for the piece.[3]

Fallen Angels sessions, 1976

In 1976 a new group called the Fallen Angels, led by guitarist Mickey Finn, with Greg Ridley from Spooky Tooth and Humble Pie , Twink Adler from the Pretty Things, and Bob Weston from Fleetwood Mac set out to record an album and for vocals Finn recruited Phil May. Six weeks in Geneva resulted in only eight partially complete songs, and everybody abandoned the project except May. May recruited some more players; Wally Allen, John Povey, Bill Lovelady, Chico Greenwood, Brian Johnston, Ed Dean, Fran Byrne, and completed the album with overdubs and new songs - releasing an album in Holland Phil May and the Fallen Angels. Thereafter May abandoned the project and reactivated the Pretty Things, and Mickey Finn took back the name the Fallen Angels and recorded three more songs - later included as bonus tracks on reissues of the Phil May album.


  1. ^ "Phil May". Retrieved 2015-07-17.
  2. ^ [1] Archived 18 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Alan Lakey (2002). The Pretty Things: Growing Old Disgracefully. SAF Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-0946719457.

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