And Then We Got to Croydon
Do you remember the Saturday Gigs?. We do. We do. We also remember one of the most underated bands of their time. Mott The Hoople. So many good songs so little appreciation.
Mott The Hoople
Mott the Hoople are an English rock band with strong R&B roots, popular in the glam rock era of the early to mid-1970s. They are probably best known for the song "All the Young Dudes", written for them by David Bowie and appearing on their 1972 album of the same name.
Classic lineup Pete Overend Watts – bass guitar, vocals, guitar (1969–1980, 2009, 2013) Dale "Buffin" Griffin – drums, backing vocals, percussion (1969–1980, 2009) Ian Hunter – vocals, guitar, piano, bass guitar (1969–1974, 2009, 2013) Mick Ralphs – guitar, vocals, keyboards (1969–1973, 2009, 2013) Verden Allen – organ, backing vocals (1969–1972, 2009, 2013) Later members Morgan Fisher – keyboards, backing vocals (1972–1980) Ariel Bender – guitar, backing vocals (1973–1974) Mick Ronson – guitar, backing vocals (1974; died 1993) Ray Major - guitar, vocals (1974-1980) Nigel Benjamin - vocals, guitar (1974-1976) Steve Hyams - guitar, vocals (1976; died 2013) John Fiddler - vocals, guitar (1976-1980) Touring members Blue Weaver – organ (1973) Martin Chambers – drums, backing vocals, percussion (2009, 2013)
Mott the Hoople can be traced to two beat bands from Herefordshire in the early 1960s. The Soulents were from Ross-On-Wye, and boasted Pete Overend Watts on guitar, and Dale "Buffin" Griffin on drums. The Buddies were from Hereford, and featured Mick Ralphs on guitar and Stan Tippins on vocals. By 1966, Ralphs, Tippins, and Watts (the latter now on bass) had come together in a band called The Doc Thomas Group, and soon secured a residency at a club in a resort town in Italy. The group was offered a recording contract with the Italian label Dischi Interrecord, and released an eponymous album in January 1967. By 1968, drummer Dale Griffin and organist Verden Allen had joined the band.