David Bowie’s Role In Mott The Hoople’s Success

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Mott the Hoople began their musical journey as the Doc Thomas Group with Mick Ralphs on guitar, Stan Tippins on vocals, and Pete Overend Watts on bass. They continued to play shows before being recognized and signed to Island Records in 1969. During this time, they rebranded their name and changed it to Mott the Hoople alongside a few lineup changes.

Although their self-titled debut album, which took just a week to record and produce, was a cult success, their second album ‘Mad Shadows’ didn’t meet the expectation regarding sales and charts. After several poorly received albums, the band failed to achieve the commercial success they had hoped to gain when they signed to Island Records. When Mott the Hoople almost decided to quit altogether, one big fan, David Bowie, came to the rescue and paved the way for them to become more successful.

David Bowie Became Mott The Hoople’s Second Chance

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David Bowie has been a massive fan of Mott the Hoople since their inception in the music industry. When Watts informed him they were considering disbanding, Bowie immediately stepped in and offered his song ‘Suffragette City’ from the ‘Ziggy Stardust’ album, which had not even come out.

They turned down Bowie’s generous offer. However, Bowie was determined to save the group. He wrote a glam rock song called ‘All the Young Dudes.’ The song’s release in 1972 received positive reviews and gained the band a new audience, resulting in the commercial success they had been missing for years.

Bowie didn’t stop there, and he even produced an album under the same title. It was their biggest album to date. The ‘All the Young Dudes’ album debuted in the Top 10 on the UK Albums Charts and was the band’s best-selling album in the US. The extra mile David Bowie went for the band turned Mott the Hoople, an act on the verge of breaking, into a critically acclaimed and hugely successful band.

You can listen to ‘All the Young Dudes’ below.