Dale Griffin Dies At 67, Mott The Hoople Says Farewell To Drummer

Dale Griffin Dies At 67, Mott The Hoople Says Farewell To Drummer
Moot the Hoople reunion gig, 2009. Dale Griffin at far right. Wonker / Wikimedia Commons CC BY 2.0
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The music industry has lost one of the greats this week, drummer for Mott the Hoople, Dale Griffin. He was able to perform alongside another legendary musician, David Bowie, during his musical career.


Remember the classic songs “Roll Away The Stone” and “All the Young Dudes” by Mott the Hoople? These were tracks that made it big during the 70’s. Dale Griffin passed away today after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

The musician was diagnosed with the medical condition ten years ago. In fact, he was not able to participate last 2009 for Mott the Hoople’s performance who performed their eighth album onstage, a tribute dedicated to the band’s 40th anniversary and performed by the original band members. Griffin was already too ill to make take part in the said album.

Peter Purnell of Angel Air records announced last Sunday night that Griffin died peacefully in his sleep. He even referred to the musician as “one of the nicest, friendly and talented men I have ever known.”

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He added, “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.”

Griffin is a British glam-rock devotee and a native of Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire. He was also the founding member of Mott the Hoople whose name was based on the 1960’s British novel.

During 1972, the band was able to garner their biggest hit with the help of David Bowie’s writing talents for the track “All the Young Dudes.” Other successful tracks of the band include “All the Way from Memphis” and “Roll Away the Stone.”

When Mott the Hoople broke up during the mid-70s, Griffin became the producer for BBC live music sessions that housed performances from Nirvana, Pulp, and The Smashing Pumpkins.

The music industry had lost two of its greatest artists, David Bowie and Mott the Hoople’s drummer, Dale Griffin.