Mott the Hoople rocker died on Sunday night
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Mott The Hoople drummer Dale Griffin has died aged 67.
The rocker was the founding member of the group, which is best known for its classic songs including All The Young Dudes and Roll Away The Stone.
All The Young Dudes was written and produced by the late David Bowie, who died a little over a week ago in New York City.
Griffin died Sunday night in his sleep, according to Angel Air Records’ Peter Purnell.
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Purnell described Griffin as “one of the nicest, friendliest and most talented men I have ever known”.
He continued, “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 reminders. “
The Herefordshire rocker performed in several groups before joining vocalist Stan Tippens, keyboardist Verden Allen, guitarist Mick Ralphs and bassist Pete Overend Watts in the late 1960s at the old Silence.
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They signed a recording contract and worked with producer Guy Stevens, who later renamed the group Mott the Hoople after the 1967 Willard Manus novel.
Singer Ian Hunter joined the band replacing Tippens, who worked as a road manager.
David Bowie convinced the group to stay together in 1972, and he suggested they work with his manager Tony DeFries.
Bowie gave them songs, giving them Suffragette City as they wanted Drive-In on Saturday.
He didn’t want to give up – but he wrote the track All The Young Dudes which was part of Bowie’s alter-ego tale, Ziggy Stardust.