Pete Overend Watts

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Peter Overend Watts
Pete "Overend" Watts.jpg
Overend Watts performing with Mott the Hoople, reunion gig, Hammersmith Apollo, October 2009
Background information
Birth name Peter Watts
Born (1947-05-13) 13 May 1947 (age 68)
Origin Birmingham, England
Genres Rock, hard rock, glam rock
Occupation(s) Bass guitarist, vocalist, record producer
Instruments Bass guitar, acoustic guitar
Years active 1969–present
Labels Chrysalis, Island, Vertigo
Associated acts Mott the Hoople, British Lions
Notable instruments
Gibson Thunderbird

Peter Overend Watts (born 13 May 1947, Yardley, Birmingham, England) is a bass guitar player and founding member of 1970s rock band, Mott the Hoople.

Following the departure of Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson from the band, in 1974, the remaining members of Mott the Hoople recruited relative unknowns Ray Major, on guitar, and Nigel Benjamin, on vocals. The name was abbreviated to Mott and a further two albums were recorded with this line-up, before Benjamin quit.

Watts continued with Dale "Buffin" Griffin, Morgan Fisher and Ray Major in the Mott successor British Lions, recruiting former Medicine Head member John Fiddler, until their demise around 1979. He later became a record producer, producing albums for artists such as Hanoi Rocks, Dumb Blondes, .[1]

Watts's bass of choice was a white Gibson Thunderbird, one of which was later sold to Wishbone Ash bassist Martin Turner.[citation needed] In 1978 he sold a customised cream Gibson Thunderbird bass guitar to Shanne Bradley, bassist with The Nipple Erectors, The Nips and The Men They Couldn't Hang. It can be heard on many of her recordings.

In January 2009 it was confirmed that Watts and the other original members of Mott the Hoople would reform for three 40th anniversary reunion concerts in October 2009.[2] The reunion at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London, England was extended to 5 shows due to popular demand.[3]

In August 2009 American rock music group Mambo Sons released their double album "Heavy Days" featuring a song in tribute to him entitled "Overend Watts".[4] The video for this tune has become a fan favorite, viewable on YouTube at "Mambo Sons - Overend Watts".

In November 2013 Mott The Hoople again reunited, with Martin Chambers once again sitting in (for an ailing Buffin) on drums, for a series of UK gigs in Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle and Manchester, before concluding at the o2 in London.


Watts is well known for his long-distance walks. His book "The Man Who Hated Walking" was set for a 2013 publication.[5]


  1. ^ "Pete Watts". AllMusic. 13 May 1949. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Mott the Hoople 40th anniversary reunion shows". 22 January 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Mott The Hoople". Mott The Hoople. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Mambo Sons Original Rock & Roll Music!". Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Mott star in stage clothes search". Retrieved 20 November 2013.