Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Legendary IAN HUNTER Turns 70 (!) Today

Ian Hunter, the former frontman of the 1970's British rock band Mott The Hoople and a solo star for four decades turns 70 years old today, June 3.

He was born Ian Hunter Patterson in Shropshire, UK. His musical career began with THE APEX GROUP in 1958, and he worked steadily for a decade in relative obscurity.
His big break happened in 1968, when he joined the fledgling rockers MOTT THE HOOPLE. What happened next is told in the snippet of a documentary presented below.

The collaboration between Mott and David Bowie was successful beyond dreams. The single All The Young Dudes charted at #3 in the UK in July, 1972, and the album of the same name broke the Top 100. Organist Verden Allen left the band, and they carried on as a quartet (Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Overend Watts, Dale Griffin) for the next album, Mott. Ralphs left for BAD COMPANY in August 1973. Morgan Fisher (keyboards) and former SPOOKY TOOTH guitarist Ariel Bender (Luther Grosvenor) joined at that point, and this lineup recorded one last studio album The Hoople and a live album in 1974 when Bender left, to be replaced by former Bowie band member Mick Ronson in September 1974. Hunter's ll health helped take down Mott for good in December, 1974.

In October of 2009 the original lineup of Mott The Hoople will celebrate their 40th anniversry by reuniting for five shows in London's HMV Hammersmith Apollo.

Ian Hunter continues to record and to tour as a soloist. MAN OVERBOARD, his 13th solo record, will be released on July 21st. Ian Hunter will appear at The River To River Festival in New York on June 24st, at the north end of Battery Park. Admission is free.

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