The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll

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"The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll"
Single by Mott the Hoople
from the album The Hoople
B-side"Rest In Peace"
ReleasedFebruary 1974
Format7" single
RecordedJanuary–February 1974
GenreGlam rock, rock and roll
LabelCBS Records/Columbia Records
Songwriter(s)Ian Hunter
Producer(s)Mott the Hoople
Mott the Hoople singles chronology
"Roll Away the Stone"
"The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll"
"Foxy, Foxy"

"The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll" is a single by Mott the Hoople, from 1974's The Hoople.[1]

It reached number 16 on the UK Singles Chart.[2]

Performed live by Mott, "The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll" would usually follow a piano take on the first verse of Don McLean's "American Pie", hence following the latter's statement, "The day the music died". Ian Hunter would declare: "Or did it? Ladies and gentlemen, The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll!", whereupon the whole band launched into the song. This can be heard among the 2006 bonus tracks on The Hoople and on the Broadway disc of the 2004 remastered and expanded 30th Anniversary Edition of Live.

Def Leppard covered the song for their 2006 covers album Yeah!. "The one I assumed I'd breeze through was 'The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll'," observed singer Joe Elliott, "which I know backwards, inside out and in foreign languages. We had to take that one down a key because I just couldn't do it."[3]


  1. ^ Emerson, Ken (June 20, 1974). "The Hoople". Rolling Stone.
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 381. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ Ling, Dave (July 2006). "The dirt: Joe Elliott". Classic Rock #94. p. 38.

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