Some more sad news from the world of music today — Dale Griffin, drummer and founder of the band, Mott the Hoople, has passed away at the age of 67. The musician sadly lost his nearly 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease on Jan. 17.
Dale “Buffin” Griffin, the founding member of Mott The Hoople, sadly died on Jan. 17. At just 67-years-old, Dale had been battling Alzheimer’s for more than nine years, and sadly succumbed to the illness.
The drummer’s record label confirmed the news on Jan. 18. Dale helped form the English band in 1969, and they rose to stardom in the early 1970s. The group is best known for their song “All The Young Dudes,” which was written for them by David Bowie, who also sadly lost his battle with cancer just last week.
David was actually very close with the rock band, and persuaded them to stay together when they nearly split, which is when the 1972 hit emerged, becoming Mott the Hoople’s biggest song. Unfortunately, the skyrocket to fame didn’t help the group, and two members left in 1974, after which Dale and the remaining musicians shortened their name to, simply, “Mott.”
After the band’s demise in the late 70’s, Dale went on to form a production company with fellow band member and lifelong friend, Overend Watts. He also joined the BBC as a producer, where he worked during the 80s. Dale was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 58, so he was pretty ill when Mott the Hoople reunited for five, sold-out concerts at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. Unfortunately, the drummer was only able to appear in the show during encores, and he did not join the band for a subsequent reunion in 2013. Dale died in his sleep at the age of 67.
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked by Dale’s death? What’s your favorite Mott the Hoople song?