Dale Griffin

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Dale Griffin
Griffin performing in 2009
Griffin performing in 2009
Background information
Birth nameTerence Dale Griffin
Born(1948-10-24)24 October 1948
Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, England
Died17 January 2016(2016-01-17) (aged 67)
  • Drummer
  • vocalist
  • record producer

Terence Dale "Buffin" Griffin (24 October 1948 – 17 January 2016) was an English drummer and a founding member of 1970s rock band Mott the Hoople. Later, he worked as a producer, and produced many of the BBC Radio 1 John Peel sessions from 1981 to 1994.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, Griffin attended Ross-on-Wye Grammar School. He played in local bands with future fellow Mott the Hoople member Overend Watts and it was during this time he gained the nickname "Buffin".[1] Griffin's bands during this time included the Silence and the Charles Kingsley Creation. He appeared on two singles in 1966 by Yemm and the Yemen. Also in 1966, again with Watts and also with Mick Ralphs, Griffin played in the Doc Thomas Group. Successful in Italy, the group performed until the summer of 1968 when further changes of band personnel took place. Organist Verden Allen was added and the group changed its name to the Shakedown Sound and then to Silence. In 1969 they moved to London and with the addition of Ian Hunter, in June 1969 Mott The Hoople were formed.[2]

Following the departure of Ian Hunter and Mick Ralphs, Griffin, along with Overend Watts and Morgan Fisher re-formed Mott with guitarist Ray Major and vocalist Nigel Benjamin. Following the departure of Benjamin in 1976 the remaining members regrouped as British Lions, with former Medicine Head member and songwriter John Fiddler, until their demise around 1978. During the 1980s, Griffin produced albums for Hanoi Rocks and The Cult, and the Department S hit, 'Is Vic There?', among others (such as New Model Army).

Griffin also produced numerous BBC Radio 1 John Peel sessions from 1981 to 1994. These included:

Griffin (right) with Mott the Hoople in 2009

Aged 58, Griffin was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.[4] In January 2009 it was confirmed that Griffin and the other original members of Mott the Hoople would reform for three 40th anniversary reunion concerts in October 2009.[5] Due to popular demand, the reunion was eventually extended to five shows. Having been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease,[6] Griffin only performed during the encores.[7] The Pretenders drummer Martin Chambers, a fellow Herefordshire native and friend of the band, played the main set and also covered for Griffin on the 2013 tour.

Dale's brother Bob, also a drummer, plays in Hereford Punk band, Terminal Rage.

Griffin died in his sleep on 17 January 2016 at the age of 67, exactly a week after former collaborator David Bowie died from cancer.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dale Griffin: Drummer with Mott the Hoople". Independent.co.uk. 23 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Dale Griffin Biography". Mottthehoople.com. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Dale Griffin: Drummer with Mott the Hoople". Independent.co.uk. 23 January 2016.
  4. ^ "'I'm the still the same Buffin' – Mott the Hoople man speaks about Alzheimer's". Waleonline.co.uk. 4 July 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Mott the Hoople 40th anniversary reunion shows". Music-News.com. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  6. ^ Mott the Hoople: Hammersmith Apollo, review – Daily Telegraph newspaper
  7. ^ Music, Guardian (18 January 2016). "Mott the Hoople drummer Dale Griffin dies, aged 67". The Guardian.
  8. ^ Doyle, Andrew (17 January 2016). "Ross-born Mott The Hoople drummer Dale 'Buffin' Griffin dies at 67". Hereford Times. Retrieved 18 January 2016.