Sadly, the New Year has been a cruel one for the rock world as another veteran musician has passed away. Mott the Hoople drummer and founder Dale ‘Buffin’ Griffin has died aged 67 after battling Alzheimer’s disease.
Griffin has been featured on the influential rock band’s seven records and enjoyed a successful career as a producer, leading the boards behind the albums of Cult, Hanoi Rocks, New Model Army and others. He was an integral part of legendary radio DJ John Peel’s “Peel Sessions” and commanded production behind appearances for Nirvana, Carcass and Smashing Pumpkins. News of the drummer’s death came from a Facebook post from Angel Air Records which stated:
DALE GRIFFIN aka BUFFIN 1948-2016.
One of the nicest, friendliest and most talented men I have ever known. on the five sold-out dates although he has joined the group for reminders.
Dale died peacefully in his sleep yesterday. TEAR
Mott the Hoople was best known for his hit 1972 single, “All the Young Dudes”, written by the recently deceased David Bowie. After leaving in 1980, the group reunited for a special series of performances in 2009 and 2013, the first of which saw a sick Griffin return to the group to perform for the encore. The meeting commemorated the group’s 40th anniversary.