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Brass in Pocket
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Brass in Pocket
Mike Pachelli takes a look at “Brass in Pocket” by The Pretenders. It was the bands 3rd single and 1st chart success. The title of the song came from an English expression, “brass” being slang for “money.”

Lead singer, Chrissie Hynde, is originally from Akron, Ohio, but spent years in Europe playing in various bands. She came close to success a few times in the 70’s hanging out with folks like Sid Vicious. In 1978, Nick Lowe and Chris Thomas heard her sing, and those lads got her a ‘real’ record deal. After they recorded “Brass in Pocket”, Chrissie didn’t like it and told her producer that he could “release it over her dead body.” Luckily she was convinced otherwise.

Even after several decades since it’s release, the song has a timeless ‘cool’ factor about it largely due to Chrissie Hynde’s infectious vocals and the melodic inventiveness of guitarist Jimmy Honeyman-Scott. 

Mike plays a Gibson Custom ES-335 Block Inlay in the lesson.

Mike Pachelli
    Mike Pachelli started playing guitar as a youngster in his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. His earliest influence was Wes Montgomery who Mike says, "first opened my ears to the possibilities on guitar." Pachelli studied classical guitar at YSU and then moved to New York City to study bebop with guitar luminaries Joe Pass and Pat Martino. Mike's guitar style is an amalgamation of blues, jazz, rock, and neo-classical. He has a wealth of musical experience gained thru years of night clubs, concert halls, and recording studios. He's performed all over the U.S. and Europe with some of the most eclectic jazz, blues, pop and rock musicians including Brother Jack McDuff, Albert King, Les & Larry Elgart, Michael Sembello, Crystal Gayle, Barbara Mandrell, Jeanne Mas, Phil Keaggy, Frank Stallone (to name a few) and has done classical symphony concerts touring with Ferrante and Teicher.

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