Steve Hyams, former guitarist and singer of Mott the Hoople, has died

Guitarist and vocalist Steve Hyams, who briefly worked with British rockers Mott the Hoople, has died aged 62 after years of battling heart problems.

Hyams got his start in 1971 with a band called Dolls House, then went on to perform with the Samuel Prody Band before embarking on a solo career. His 1974 debut album, “Mistaken Identities”, featured Wings drummer Denny Seiwell. He had been friends with the members of Mott the Hoople for years when he came on board, working with them on six tracks in 1977 which were later released as “World Cruise”.

“Steve Hyams was working in a record store on Kings Road – the Chelsea Drug Store – when Mott The Hoople started in 1969,” recalls Mott frontman Ian Hunter (quote via classic rock magazine). “We soon discovered that he was a keen listener and his taste was impeccable. Later on he got into music and he did some really good things. I would have been really happy if Steve had taken my place after Mott the Hoople ended in 1974. He was unique, Steve is the one who got away.

Hyams then released a second solo album titled “Feather and a Tomahawk” in 1997.

“Steve was an extremely talented writer and musician,” said Mott the Hoople biographer Campbell Devine. “He was also passionate, humorous and sensitive – a very charming and caring man.”

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