On January 17th, Dale Griffin, drummer and founding member of Mott the Hoople sadly passed aged 67 away after a struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Best known for their hit song All the Young Dudes, written by David Bowie after he learned that the band were thinking of splitting due to a lack of commercial success, it became known as one of glam rock’s anthems.

After disbanding, it is understood that all Dale wanted was for the band to eventually reform, which they did in 2009, but due to illness, he was unable to play the full shows, only appearing in the encores.

Griffin also helped produce some of John Peel’s radio sessions for the BBC from 1981 to 1994, including bands such as Pulp, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and Carcass.

Terence Dale Griffin, 1948 – 2016

Rest In Peace

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