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?