Dale Griffin Dead: Mott drummer Hoople dies aged 67

Dale Griffin, drummer and founding member of British glam rock band Mott the Hoople, died on Sunday after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 67 years old.

His record label, Angel Air, announced the news on its website.

Griffin was born in Ross-on-Wye, England, and got his start playing in local bands such as Charlie Kingsley Creation, the Silence, Shakedown Sound and the Doc Thomas Group.

After Griffin and his bandmates moved to London in 1969, they landed a recording contract and met producer Guy Stevens, who named them Mott the Hoople after the 1967 novel by Willard Manus.

The band would go on to score the hits “Roll Away the Stone” and “All the Young Dudes”, the latter written and produced by the late David Bowie, who also sang backing vocals on the track.

Mott the Hoople released eight albums before splitting up in the mid-1970s after singer Ian Hunter canceled his European tour, citing physical exhaustion. Griffin would go on to become a BBC live music session producer.

The group reunited in 2009 for its 20th anniversary, but Griffin was already too ill to attend, having been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease shortly before the reunion was announced.

Griffin is survived by longtime partner Jean Smith.

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