Dale Griffin (Mott the Hoople Drummer) Dies

Dale Griffin, drummer for rock group Mott The Hoople, has died aged 67.

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He was a founder member of the group, best known for classic tracks Roll Away The Stone and All The Young Dudes.

The latter was written and produced by David Bowie, who sang backing vocals on the track.

The band, who made eight albums during their five-and-a-half year existence, reformed to mark their 40th anniversary in 2009 – but Griffin was too ill to take part. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease just as the Mott The Hoople reunion was about to begin. His parts were played by his friend, The Pretenders drummer Martin Chambers, although he joined the band on stage for encores during their five-night stint at the Hammersmith Apollo.

He died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday night, said Peter Purnell from record label Angel Air records.

He called Griffin “one of the nicest, friendly and talented men I have ever known.”

“All he ever wanted was for his beloved Mott The Hoople to reform and it was his determination that achieved that very feat in 2009 but sadly by then he was too ill to perform at the five sold-out dates – though he did join the band for encores.”

R.I.P Dale, another huge loss, when will we get some good news?

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  • james pisano

    Damn! I remember that tune, All The Young Dudes! Crazy to have Bowie as a backup singer! I hope the year changes and we don’t continue on this trajectory with losing rock and rollers!

  • bambinoitaliano

    Musicians in their late 60’s ought to head to their nearest hospital for full medical check up stat!