David Bowie and Mott The Hoople drummer Dale Griffin die at age 67 | Celebrity News | Show biz & TV

The rocker was best known as the founding member of the group who recorded hit singles with All The Young Dudes and Roll Away The Stone.

All The Young Dudes was written and produced by Bowie, who lost his secret 18-month battle with cancer a week ago in New York City.

Griffin died in his sleep seven days later Sunday night, according to Angel Air Records’ Peter Purnell.

Purnell called Griffin: “One of the nicest, friendliest and most talented men I have ever known.”

He added: “All he ever wanted was for his beloved Mott The Hoople to reform and it was his determination that achieved this feat in 2009, but unfortunately at that time, he was too ill to perform on all five sold-out dates – although he did. join the group for recalls. “

Griffin performed in several groups before he rose to fame with vocalist Stan Tippens, keyboardist Verden Allen, guitarist Mick Ralphs and bassist Pete Overend Watts in the late 1960s in the Silence collective.

They quickly signed their first recording contract and collaborated with Guy Stevens who later changed the group’s name to Mott the Hoople based on the 1967 Willard Manus novel.

Bowie was instrumental in the group’s success, not only writing one of their biggest hits, but convincing the group to stick together in 1972 and put them in touch with their own manager Tony De Fries.

The pioneer singer also gave them some of his biggest hits, including Suffragette City, but they begged Drive-In on Saturday.

Bowie refused to drop the single, but wrote them the smash monster All The Young Dudes instead (his tale is part of the story of Bowie’s alter-ego, Ziggy Stardust).

The track rose to third in the official UK singles charts and reached the top 40 in America.

Mott The Hoople recorded eight albums during their five years together and was asked to reform in 2009 – but Griffin was too ill to participate.

Just as their reunion tour was due to begin, Griffin was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Instead, his parts were performed by The Pretenders drummer Martin Chambers, although he was reunited with the band on stage for several encore during their five-night stint at the Hammersmith Apollo.

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