Saying Goodbye to one of “The Young Dudes”
The news of Glenn Fry's passing was certainly the major music story of the week but I wanted to be sure that the memory of another great artist, Dale "Buffin" Griffin did not go unrecognized.
Dale was a founding member and forever drummer for Mott The Hoople and we lost him this week as well. I was a huge fan of the band's early albums which were tremendous rock albums but received very little attention in the US. David Bowie came to their rescue with a song called "All The Young Dudes" and the rest, as they say, is history. The band went on to have multiple hit albums and songs. My two greatest memories: seeing them at the Uris Theatre on Broadway in 1974 ... the opening act ... Queen! I had the pleasure to meet him when Mott, the post Ian Hunter version of the band, played at my college opening for Peter Frampton (the tour that became Frampton Comes Alive). The band was gracious enough to do an interview for our college station. For guys that were huge stars, they could have not been nicer or more humble. The drummer is often unrecognized, but let's give Buffin his due ... he was part of one of the biggest bands in the world for several years and leaves a legacy of great music behind.