British glam rocker drummer Dale Griffin Mott the hoop, died at the age of 67.
Griffin was a founding member of the group who released eight albums during their five and a half years as a group. The group is best known for their hit “All The Young Dudes”, written by David Bowie.
News of Griffin’s death was confirmed by Peter Purnell of the Mott Angel Air Records label, who informed BBC News that the musician had died “peacefully in his sleep” on Sunday (January 17).
Purnell called Griffin “one of the nicest, friendliest and most talented men I have ever known.”
The group was on the verge of breaking up in 1972 when Bowie wrote “All The Young Dudes” for them. It originally offered ‘Sufraggette City’. “All The Young Dudes” reached third place in the UK and prompted the group to create more hits with “Honaloochie Boogie”, “All The Way From Memphis” and “Golden Age of Rock’n’Roll” which were following.
Mott The Hoople broke up in 1974 after touring entire Europe. Griffin continued to perform alongside bassist Pete Overend Watts and Morgan Fisher under the name Mott in 1976.
Mott The Hoople reunited in 2009 for their 40th birthday, but Griffin was unable to perform with the group due to health issues, having been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 58.
Purnell said: “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 the recalls.
Griffin spent the latter part of his career working as a producer of live sessions for the BBC, working with Nirvana, Pulp and more on the John Peel sessions.