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At the Crossroads
by Mott the Hoople, feat. Pete Overend Watts, bass
Pete Overend Watts (1947 to 2017) was an English bass guitarist, with 'Mott the Hoople'. Peter Overend Watts was born on May 13th 1947 in Yardley, Birmingham, England. As a child, he moved first to Worthing, Sussex, and then to Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, where he attended Ross Grammar School. He began playing the guitar at the age of 13, but by 1965 had switched to bass guitar, first becoming a professional musician alongside Mick Ralphs in the group 'The Buddies', who mostly played the German clubs. They later became the 'Doc Thomas Group' and then 'Shakedown Sound', before changing their name to 'Silence' and settling in London in 1969. After adding singer Ian Hunter, they finally became 'Mott the Hoople', at which point Watts added the family ancestral name 'Overend' to his stage title. After Ian Hunter and Mick Ralphs jumped ship in 1974, Ray Major came in on guitar and Nigel Benjamin on vocals, with the band name now abbreviated to 'Mott' for a further two albums by 1976, at which point Benjamin quit. Watts continued with Dale 'Buffin' Griffin, Morgan Fisher and Ray Major in the renamed 'British Lions', along with ex-'Medicine Head' man John Fiddler. The album "British Lions" reached No. 83 in the US in 1977, and was followed by "Trouble with Women" in 1982. Watts later became a record producer for artists such as 'Hanoi Rocks' and 'Dumb Blondes', but eventually left the music industry behind to become an antiques and memorabilia dealer in Hereford. In 2009 though, he and the other surviving original members of 'Mott the Hoople' reformed for three '40th anniversary' reunion concerts at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, eventually putting on an extra two shows there due to popular demand. In November 2013, they reunited again for a series of gigs in Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle and Manchester, before concluding at the O2 Arena in London, though Martin Chambers had to sit in for the ailing Griffin on drums. Pete Overend Watts died from throat cancer in Ross-on-Wye on January 22nd 2017, at the age of 69. http://louderthanwar.com/pete-overend-watts-mott-hoople-rip/
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Overend_Watts
Posted: 22nd February 2017
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Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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