David Bowie’s role in the success of Mott The Hoople


Mott the Hoople began their musical journey as the Doc Thomas Group with Mick Ralphs on guitar, Stan Tippins on vocals and Pete Overend Watts on bass. They continued to play shows before gaining recognition and signing to Island Records in 1969. During this time they renamed their name and changed it to Mott the Hoople with some line-up changes.

Although their self-titled debut album, which took just a week to record and produce, was a cult hit, their second album “Mad Shadows” fell short of expectations regarding sales and charts. After several poorly received albums, the band failed to achieve the commercial success they hoped to achieve by signing to Island Records. When Mott the Hoople almost decided to quit altogether, a huge fan, david bowiecame to the rescue and paved the way for them to be more successful.

David Bowie became Mott The Hoople’s second chance

David Bowie has been a big fan of Mott the Hoople since their inception in the music industry. When Watts informed him that they were planning to split up, Bowie immediately jumped in and offered his song. “Suffragette Town” from the ‘Ziggy Stardust’ album, which hadn’t even been released.

They declined Bowie’s generous offer. However, Bowie was determined to save the group. He wrote a glam rock song titled “All the young guys.” The song’s release in 1972 received positive reviews and helped the band gain a new audience, earning them the commercial success they had lacked for years.

Bowie did not stop there, and he even produced an album under the same title. It was their biggest album to date. The album “All the Young Dudes” debuted in the Top 10 of the UK charts and was the band’s best-selling album in the United States. The extra effort that David Bowie put into the band transformed Mott the Hoople from a band on the verge of breaking into a critically acclaimed and smash hit band.

You can listen to “All the Young Dudes” below.

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