Dale Griffin, a founding member and the drummer for British glam-rock stalwarts Mott the Hoople has died.
The 67-year-old musician, born Terence Dale Griffin, passed away quietly in his sleep, according to a representative of Angel Air Records, who manages the band’s catalogue.
Speaking to the BBC, he described the Herefordshire-born drummer as ‘one of the nicest, friendly and talented men I have ever known’.
More sadness in the music world: Mott the Hoople drummer Dale Griffin has died at the age of 67
The drummer is survived by his long-term partner, Jean Smith, while his death follows a decade-long battle with Alzheimer’s.
A native of Ross-on-Wye, he was a founding member of Mott the Hoople, which took its name from a British novel of the 1960s and featured singer Ian Hunter and guitarist Mick Ralphs.
In 1972, the band scored their biggest hit with the David Bowie-penned and produced anthem, All the Young Dudes.
Big hitters: A native of Ross-on-Wye, Dale (left) was a founding member of Mott the Hoople, which took its name from a British novel of the 1960s and featured singer Ian Hunter and guitarist Mick Ralphs
The group’s other hit-songs include All The Way From Memphis and Roll Away The Stone.
The band split by the mid-’70s, with Dale later working as a producer for BBC live music sessions, with a stellar array of artists including Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins and Pulp.
Mott the Hoople reformed in 2009, but Griffin – who was already ill – only appeared during encores, his place otherwise taken by Martin Chambers, of the Pretenders.
Stars in the rock world took to Twitter to pay tribute to the British drummer following the news of his death on Monday.
Success: In 1972, the band scored their biggest hit with the David Bowie-penned and produced anthem, All the Young Dudes
‘One of the nicest, friendly and talented men I have ever known’: A representative for Angel Air Records, who manages the band’s catalogue, had only praise for the late musician
Collaborator: Mott the Hoople previously worked with David Bowie, whose death last week at 69 rocked the music world
English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg wrote: ‘Sorry to hear Dale Griffin, drummer of Mott the Hoople, produced some of my BBC sessions for Peel and Jensen, has died after a long illness.’
And US rocker Nikki Sixx added on the social networking site: ‘R.I.P. Mott the Hoople drummer Dale Griffin.. Another hero gone too soon.’
Finnish rockstar Michael Monroe commented, as he shared the breaking story: ‘Wow…sad news again.’
The drummer’s death comes just one week after the passing of his collaborator Bowie, who died aged 69 after a long and secret battle with cancer.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3405850/Mott-Hoople-drummer-David-Bowie-collaborator-Dale-Griffin-67-passes-away-following-battle-Alzheimers.html#ixzz3xhD0Ji7s
Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook