Mott The Hoople drummer Dale Griffin, who worked with the late David Bowie, dies of Alzheimer’s at 67


British glam-rock mainstay drummer Dale Griffin Mott The Hoople has died aged 67.

He died in his sleep on Sunday, Peter Purnell of Mott’s label Angel Air Records told the BBC.

The native of Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, 160 kilometers west of London, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease ten years ago.

Sticks in hand: Dale Griffin, drummer of British glam-rock mainstays Mott The Hoople, pictured in 2009, died in his sleep from Alzheimer’s disease on Sunday at the age of 67.

Dale was a founding member of the group, which takes its name from a 1960s British novel and starred vocalist Ian Hunter and guitarist Mick Ralphs.

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

The band’s songs also included All The Way From Memphis and Roll Away The Stone.

Behind his set: Dale was one of the co-founders of the group that became known as Mott The Hoople in 1969

Behind his set: Dale was one of the co-founders of the group that became known as Mott The Hoople in 1969

The Line up: Left to right, Dale, Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Verden Allen and Pete 'Overend' Watts in 1975. They had massive hits in the 1970s, including All The Young Dudes, written and produced by David Bowie

The Line up: Left to right, Dale, Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Verden Allen and Pete ‘Overend’ Watts in 1975. They had massive hits in the 1970s, including All The Young Dudes, written and produced by David Bowie

The band broke up in the mid-1970s and Dale went on to work as a producer for BBC live music sessions, with artists such as Nirvana, the Smashing Pumpkins and Pulp.

Mott The Hoople reformed in 2009, but Dale was already ill and only appeared during recalls, his place otherwise taken by Martin Chambers of the Pretenders.

Purnell described Dale as “one of the nicest, friendliest and most talented men I have ever known,” according to the BBC.

Casual rock star: From left to right, Ian, Dale, Mick and Verden attended the Mojo Honors List Awards at The Brewery in London after getting back together in 2009. By this time, Dale had been diagnosed with illness Alzheimer's.

Casual rock star: From left to right, Ian, Dale, Mick and Verden attended the Mojo Honors List Awards at The Brewery in London after getting back together in 2009. By this time, Dale had been diagnosed with illness Alzheimer’s.

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 sadly at that point he was too ill to perform on all five sold-out dates, although he joined the group for recalls.”

His passing comes a week after the death of Bowie, who was 69, and a day before Eagles rocker Glenn Frey, who died Monday at 67 of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and a pneumonia.

Dale is survived by his longtime partner, Jean Smith.

Adapted: Mick kept his arm around sick Dale at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honor Awards at the Park Lane Hotel in London on November 2, 2009

Adapted: Mick kept his arm around sick Dale at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honor Awards at the Park Lane Hotel in London on November 2, 2009


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