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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 3 June 1939Oswestry, Shropshire, England, UK
Birth NameIan Hunter Patterson

Mini Bio (1)

Ian Hunter was born on June 3, 1939 in Oswestry, Shropshire, England as Ian Hunter Patterson.

Trivia (10)

Lead vocalist and guitarist of the rock band Mott the Hoople.
Began a solo career in 1975 after Mott the Hoople disbanded.
Joined the English rock band Mott the Hoople as lead singer in 1969.
Appeared as a special musical guest on David Letterman in September 2000.
Wrote the popular songs "Once Bitten Twice Shy", "Ships" and "Cleveland Rocks".
Performed alongside Mick Ronson, David Bowie and Queen at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in April 1992.
David Bowie wrote the song "All the Young Dudes" for Mott the Hoople in 1972. It became Ian's signature song, but was not written by him.
Tours with the rock supergroup Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band.
"Roll Away the Stone" is Ian's biggest self-penned song. The single version features spoken vocals by Thunderthighs whereas on the album version this role is performed by Lynsey de Paul, who also provided Mott guitarist Luther Grosvenor with the name Ariel Bender.
Presented the inaugural Classic Songwriter award by Classic Rock magazine in October 2005.

Personal Quotes (1)

Radio was closed to us. We had a couple of stabs at singles; neither of them worked and we were never going to get Top of the Pops (1964) unless we got something special. When Bowie (David Bowie) found out we were thinking of splitting up he gave us Suffragette City and we said no. It was a good song, but not good enough. Then he played us Dudes and it was like, "Whoa, do you know what you're giving us?!".

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