The memories and guitars put together by the man whose phone call to David Bowie in 1972 led to one of glam rock’s greatest hits must go under a hammer.
uitars, posters and stage costumes belonging to the late Peter “Overend” Watts, bassist of iconic band Mott the Hoople for over 15 years, will be auctioned in Wiltshire next month.
Watts, who died in 2017, is the man who phoned Bowie to request an audition as Mott the Hoople broke up.
In response, Bowie, a fan of Mott, urged the group to stay together and wrote the hit song All The Young Dudes for them.
The song reached No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart in July 1972, re-energizing Mott the Hoople’s career and leading to a string of hits including Roll Away The Stone and The Golden Age Of Rock’n’Roll.
Watts’ collection includes a rare trial pressing of the single All The Young Dudes on an acetate record, which is expected to fetch around £ 500.
The band, now known as Mott, continue to perform and tour.
The Overend Watts collection – Peter’s stage name – includes an autographed photo of Mick Ronson, who played guitar with Bowie and Mott the Hoople, vintage magazines, Mott the Hoople promotional material, vinyl records, newspapers intimate, Watts’ sketches of stage outfits and 70 guitars and basses.
The collection is expected to sell for over £ 20,000.
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Luke Hobbs, auctioneer at Gardiner Houlgate, said: “Overend Watts has the distinction of writing one of the coolest footnotes in rock and roll history – the man who called David Bowie for help and received a mega-hit in return.
“When Overend needed to call a friend, he certainly chose the right one.
“The pressing test for All The Young Dudes is particularly interesting. Typically, only a handful of these have been created for each single – usually one for each band member.
“It was the personal copy of Overend, so a direct link to the band’s relationship with Bowie and a glam rock classic.”
The private collection of guitars from the late Huw Lloyd-Langton, who played guitar with psychedelic rock band Hawkwind, is also falling under the hammer.
Lloyd-Langton’s collection of 11 Hawkwind guitars, stage outfits and memorabilia is expected to generate considerable interest from Hawkwind fans around the world.
The group, whose members included Lemmy for two years, were best known for their 1972 hit Silver Machine and their very liberal attitude to drugs.
Lloyd-Langton died in 2012 from cancer.
The auction will take place on March 13 and 14.