Peter Overend Watts, original bassist for Mott the Hoople, has died of throat cancer at the age of 69.
Watts was one of the original members of the band that had formed after a few different incarnations as other bands. Watts and Mick Ralphs began to tinker musically together in the 60’s when they met former lead singer Ian Hunter. At that point they formed Hoople and would go on to release 7 albums in 6 years from ’69 to ’74.
Ralphs, who is also battling health issues, Verden Allen and Ian Hunter now remain from the classic Mott the Hoople lineup, best known for their hit “All the Young Dudes.” Drummer Dale “Buffin” Griffin died last January after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s.