Mick Bolton, the keyboardist best known for playing with Mott the Hoople and Dexys Midnight Runners, is said to have died.
Morgan Fisher, who played keyboards with Mott the Hoople alongside Bolton on stage in 1973, announced the news Friday on Facebook. âRIP Mick Bolton,â he wrote, calling the musician an âorgan buddyâ in the band. He continued, âSorry, I don’t have any information yet other than that he passed away suddenly in his sleep earlier today. Our thoughts are with his wife Carol, his son and all his friends. and his family.”
According to the official biography on his website, Bolton was born in 1948 in Wigan, England. He began his career at the end of 1969 as a member of White Myth and remained in this group until the end of 1971, opening for rock giants like Queen, Free, Humble Pie and Atomic Rooster.
After brief stints in the groups Blind Eye and Clockwork Orange, he joined Mott the Hoople in July 1973 and served as a keyboardist on tour until December. In 1984, after what he described as a “self-imposed decade outside the world of music”, he joined Dexys Midnight Runners, famous for their 1982 hit “Come On Eileen”.
After touring with Dexys until 1986, Bolton found a remarkable gig offstage: giving keyboard lessons to Paul McCartney’s wife and collaborator, Linda McCartney.
“She had tried several teachers but found them a little too serious,” Bolton wrote. âWhat she really wanted was someone to help her gain some confidence on the keyboard and encourage her to enjoy playing. So I drove my old Volkswagen Beetle to their beautiful farm. in Sussex and luckily seemed to be exactly what it was Over the next few years I would go to the farm a few times a month and sit on two keyboards for a few hours bashing old rock and roll songs like “Tutti Frutti” and “Be Bop a Loula. ‘”
âLinda was never going to be a great keyboardist, but she had a real enthusiasm for playing and singing and wrote great songs,â he added. “One time we were working on one of her songs’ Endless Days’ and she said, ‘You know Mick, there’s just something missing in this one – I’m going to go make a cup of tea, see if you can find something. âDuring the time it took her to make the tea, I wrote a section of bridge that she loved, so she became part of the song, which is about her. [1998 posthumous] album Great Prairie. “
Bolton went on to contribute sessions for artists like La Toya Jackson and Loudon Wainwright III.