Mott The Hoople

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Mott The Hoople


Morrissey picked Mott The Hoople's song "Sea Diver" in Desert Island Discs - BBC Radio 4 (2009).

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British rock band, active from 1969 until 1974, with occasional reunions from 2009 onwards.

Classic Era Members: Ian Hunter - Vocals And Guitar Mick Ralphs - Guitar Verden Allen - Keyboards Peter "Overend" Watts - Bass Dale "Buffin" Griffin - Drums

Two follow-on bands after Ian Hunter left in 1974: 1974–1976 (Mott (3)) 1977–1980 (British Lions)

Use Mott (3) only for releases without Hunter, dating from the 1974-76 period.

An unofficial or "fake" band also (re-)recorded MTH tracks around 1996/7. For these releases, please use Mott The Hoople (2).

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Mott the Hoople were an English rock band formed in Herefordshire. Originally known as the Doc Thomas Group, the group changed their name after signing with Island Records in 1969. The band released albums at the beginning of the 1970s but failed to find commercial success. On the verge of breaking up, the band were encouraged by David Bowie to stay together. Bowie wrote the glam-style song "All the Young Dudes" for them, which became a big hit in 1972. Bowie subsequently produced their album of the same name, which added to their success. Despite personnel changes, the band had further commercial success with Mott (1973) and The Hoople (1974). Lead singer Ian Hunter departed the band in 1974, after which the band's commercial fortunes began to dwindle. They remained together with continuing personnel changes until their break-up in 1980. The band have had reunions in 2009, 2013, 2018 and 2019.