Mott The Hoople keyboardist Mick Bolton has died at 72

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British rocker Mick Bolton has died at the age of 72.

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The former Mott The Hoople musician died in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

The cause of death was not disclosed, but his former bandmate Morgan Fisher paid tribute via Facebook, writing: “RIP Mick Bolton. My organ buddy in Mott the Hoople, 1973.

“One of the sweetest men and an excellent musician. Sorry, I have no further information other than that he passed away suddenly in his sleep earlier today. Our hearts go out to his wife Carol, his son and all of his friends and family. “

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Bolton continued his passion for music in the late 1960s, joining his first group, White Myth, in 1969, but left in 1971 to become a member of the blues group Blind Eye, a support group for Slade, Queen and Supertramp.

In 1973, he auditioned to play the piano for glam rockers Mott The Hoople, but missed the gig when Fisher was hired. Instead, Bolton was invited to play the Hammond organ, touring the US with the support of REO Speedwagon and Joe Walsh, and later touring the UK, with Queen as an opening act.

Bolton withdrew from the group at the end of 1973 and then briefly joined the pop group Dexys Midnight Runners from 1985 to 1986.

He also taught Linda McCartney to play the keyboard and co-wrote her song Endless Days, which appeared on her posthumous compilation album Wide Prairie in 1998.

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