Mott the Hoople drummer and David Bowie collaborator Dale Griffin dies at 67



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Dale Griffin, founding member and drummer of British glam-rock pillars Mott the Hoople has passed away.

The 67-year-old musician, born Terence Dale Griffin, has passed away quietly in his sleep, according to a representative from Angel Air Records, which manages the group’s catalog.

Speaking to the BBC, he described the Herefordshire-born drummer as “one of the nicest, friendliest and most talented men I have ever known”.

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More sadness in the music world: Mott the Hoople drummer Dale Griffin has died aged 67

The drummer is survived by his longtime partner, Jean Smith, as his death follows a decade-long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

A native of Ross-on-Wye, he was a founding member of Mott the Hoople, which takes its name from a 1960s British novel and starred singer Ian Hunter and guitarist Mick Ralphs.

In 1972, the group recorded their biggest hit with the anthem written and produced by David Bowie, All the Young Dudes.

Big hitters: A native of Ross-on-Wye, Dale (left) was a founding member of Mott the Hoople, which takes its name from a 1960s British novel and starred singer Ian Hunter and guitarist Mick Ralphs

Big hitters: A native of Ross-on-Wye, Dale (left) was a founding member of Mott the Hoople, which takes its name from a 1960s British novel and starred singer Ian Hunter and guitarist Mick Ralphs

The band’s other hit songs include All The Way From Memphis and Roll Away The Stone.

The band split in the mid-1970s, with Dale later working as a producer for BBC live music sessions, with a wide range of artists including Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins and Pulp.

Mott the Hoople reformed in 2009, but Griffin – who was already ill – only appeared during recalls, his place taken by Martin Chambers of the Pretenders.

The rock stars took to Twitter to pay tribute to the British drummer following news of his death on Monday.

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Success: In 1972, the band recorded their biggest hit with the anthem written and produced by David Bowie, All the Young Dudes

“One of the nicest, friendly and talented men I have ever known”: a representative of Angel Air Records, who manages the group’s catalog, gave nothing but praise for the late musician

Contributor: Mott the Hoople previously worked with David Bowie, whose death last week at age 69 rocked the music world

Contributor: Mott the Hoople previously worked with David Bowie, whose death last week at age 69 rocked the music world

English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg wrote: “Sorry to hear that Mott the Hoople drummer Dale Griffin produced some of my BBC sessions for Peel and Jensen, has passed away from a long illness . “

And American rocker Nikki Sixx added on the social networking site: “RIP Mott the Hoople drummer Dale Griffin .. Another hero who left too soon.”

Finnish rockstar Michael Monroe commented, as he shared the breakup story: “Wow … sad news again.”

The drummer’s death comes just a week after the death of his collaborator Bowie, who died at the age of 69 after a long and secret battle with cancer.

Tribute: Music stars including Billy Bragg and Nikki Sixx took to Twitter to pay tribute in the wake of the news

Tribute: Music stars including Billy Bragg and Nikki Sixx took to Twitter to pay tribute in the wake of the news

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