R.I.P. Dale "Buffin" Griffin and Mic Gillette

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R.I.P. Dale "Buffin" Griffin and Mic Gillette

Postby Fact Finder » Tue Jan 19, 2016 6:04 am

Mott The Hoople drummer Dale 'Buffin' Griffin has died at the age of 67.

He passed away last night, having been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease when he was 58.

The band's keyboard player Verden Allen tells the Hereford Times: "I can't believe it. Dale was like family, we were very close. We went through a lot together.

"I got a call from our manager Pete Purnell this morning. Dale was a nice, well-spoken man and a brilliant drummer, it's unbelievable that he's gone.

"I suppose in some ways it's a release for him now. He had suffered for many years."

Griffin was living in a care home near Brecon in Wales when he passed away and was being cared for by his partner Jean Smith.

He played a part in the band's 2009 40th anniversary reunion shows, performing on the encores. His friend Martin Chambers of The Pretenders filled in on the dates.

As well as his drumming work, Griffin forged a successful career as a music producer. He produced many John Peel's Radio 1 sessions, including recordings by the Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, Killing Joke, Napalm Death, Pixies, The Damned and Nirvana.


Mic Gillette, renowned trumpet and trombone player and founding member of the legendary Oakland funky soul band Tower of Power, died suddenly of a heart attack over the weekend. He was 64.

Gillette started playing with members of seminal funk outfit back in 1966 and as first trumpet, he was a powerful sonic force behind Tower of Power’s rise to prominence in the 1970s.

“The Tower of Power family was stunned today by the news that Mic Gillette, our dear friend and bandmate going back to 1966, passed away,” bandleader Emilio Castillo announced on the group’s website Sunday night.

“Mic was without a doubt the greatest brass player I've ever known,” he said. “Our sincere condolences go out to his wife Julia and his daughter Megan and their entire family."
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