ON THE RECORD: Mott the Hoople takes its name from the title of the book | Hot in the hills



Q: Where does Mott the Hoople get its name from?

A: Mott the Hoople refers to the popular early 1970s British band named after the mid-1960s book of the same name written by Willard Manus.

Manus’ book was published in 1966, but did not sell well. It ended up in the hands of record producer Guy Stevens, who in 1969 was working with a band called Silence at the time. Liking the title of the book, the group changed their name to Mott the Hoople.

The original five members of Mott the Hoople were organist Verden Allen, drummer Dale Griffin, vocalist Ian Hunter, guitarist Mick Ralphs and bassine Pete “Overend” Watts. After releasing a few moderate-selling albums, they decided to quit in 1972.

When Watts called David Bowie to ask for a job, Bowie persuaded the group to reform themselves and record a song he had written called “All the Young Dudes”.

The song became their biggest hit in Britain, reaching third place and their only US Top 40 hit. They had a few more years of success before going their separate ways in the mid-1970s.

Besides “All the Young Dudes”, Mott the Hoople is remembered today for guitarist Mick Ralphs, who would later form Bad Company, and singer Ian Hunter, who had a fairly successful solo career.

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Q: When Frank Sinatra was buried, his daughter Nancy put a dime roll in her pocket. I’ve always wondered why. Do you know?

A: On December 8, 1963, Frank Sinatra Jr., 19, was kidnapped from a Lake Tahoe casino. The three kidnappers demanded a ransom of $ 240,000 and told Sinatra Sr. to only communicate with them through pay phones. For this reason, Sinatra had a roll of dimes in his pocket.

Her son was released unharmed two days later after the ransom was paid, but Sinatra continued to have the habit of carrying the dime roll in his pocket for the rest of his life. At his funeral he was buried with a dime roll, courtesy of his daughter Nancy, and a bottle of Jack Daniels.

Q: I’ve heard that the song “House of the Rising Sun” dates back several years. How old is he?

A: The origin of the “House of the Rising Sun” is not exactly known. Some music historians have said it could date back to the Civil War.

Although its age is uncertain, the song had been around for many decades when it was finally recorded in 1937. While compiling songs for the Library of Congress, music historian Alan Lomax recorded 16-year-old Georgia Turner , as she sang one of her favorite songs. songs, “Rising Sun Blues”.

After Lomax included the song in a collection of folk songs, it became very popular among American folk singers. Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger included it in their repertoires. Bob Dylan included it on his debut album in 1962, calling it “House of the Rising Sun”.

Across the Atlantic, Chas Chandler heard a version of American blues / folk singer Josh White and immediately liked it. He brought it back to his group, the Animals, who recorded the song’s most famous version to date. Their version of “House of the Rising Sun” reached number 1 in the US and UK in 1964.

What’s the name of this song ? Where are they now? What does this word mean? Send your questions about songs, albums and the musicians who create them to [email protected] Bradford Brady and John Maron are independent music authors based in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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