Dale Griffin RIP


He was the drummer with Mott the Hoople and his death has just been reported. Mr Tench and I did a gig at a club called The Temple in Wardour Street supporting Mott the Hoople  in the lovely days of Rosemary on Friday 9 January 1970 – almost exactly 46 years ago then. The Temple had just changed its name from the rather better known Flamingo. My other connection with them was that Richie Anderson who roadied and pretty much managed Harlem Speakeasy, worked subsequently with Mott the Hoople. He pops up occasionally in Ian Hunter’s book and later worked with Brian May.

PS JR informs me that the lead singer of the American Breed has also died. They made the original of “Bend Me, Shape Me”. The nearest Pompey Pop link I can find to that is that Harlem Speakeasy once played support to Amen Corner at Highbury (Dec 1967 maybe) except that Amen Corner didn’t turn up and the Pretty Things did it instead. Close enough?



Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

2 thoughts on “Dale Griffin RIP

  1. Spookily enough, this was written by David Bowie. who also produced the album back in 1972. Wow…..

  2. ….also Glenn Frey, a founding member and guitarist for Eagles, died on Monday. He was 67.

    Cause of death was complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia.

    He wrote and provided vocals for many Eagles hits, including “Heartache Tonight,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” “Tequila Sunrise” and “Take It Easy.”

    Hhe also co-wrote together with Don Henley, “Hotel California” and “Desperado.” The Eagles won six Grammys and five American Music Awards during its run, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

    GlennFrey also had a successful solo career after Eagles broke up in 1980. His debut solo album, 1982’s “No Fun Aloud,” contained such Top 40 hits as “The One You Love,” “Smuggler’s Blue,” “Sexy Girl,” “The Heat Is On,” “You Belong to the City,” “True Love,” “Soul Searchin’,” and “Livin’ Right.”

    He had an acting career as well, landing a role in the first season of “Miami Vice.”

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