July 24, 2024


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Song of the day for January 1 2024

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Mott the Hoople, an English rock band formed in Herefordshire, struggled early on until David Bowie wrote their hit "All the Young Dudes" in 1972. Despite internal changes, they found success with albums like Mott (1973) and The Hoople (1974). The band experienced reunions in 2009, 2013, 2018, and 2019. Keyboardist Mick Bolton, known for his work with Mott the Hoople and Dexys Midnight Runners, passed away in 2021 at age 72.

For the first song of the day for 2024, I chose All The Young Dudes by Mott The Hoople.

Mott the Hoople were an English rock band formed in Herefordshire. Originally named the Doc Thomas Group, the band changed their name after signing with Island Records in 1969. The band released albums at the beginning of the 1970s but failed to find any success. On the verge of breaking up, the band were encouraged by David Bowie to stay together. Bowie wrote their glam-style signature song “All the Young Dudes” for them, which became their first hit in 1972. Bowie subsequently produced their album of the same name, which added to their success.

Despite membership changes, the band experienced 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 diminish. They remained together with continuing membership changes until their break-up in 1980. The band have had reunions in 2009, 2013, 2018 and 2019.

Mick Bolton, the keyboardist best known for playing with Mott the Hoople and Dexys Midnight Runners died age 72 on January 1 2021. During the 80’s Bolton found a notable gig offstage; giving keyboard lessons to Paul McCartney’s wife and collaborator, Linda McCartney.

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