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Ian Hunter

"Ian Hunter" (born Ian Hunter Patterson on June 3 1939 in Oswestry, Shropshire, England) was the lead singer of the band Mott the Hoople from 1969 until the band broke up in 1974. He has since worked as a solo artist.

Hunter began his musical career on the bass guitar. An early foray into music was as an entrant in a talent competition at one of Butlin's holiday camps, performing "Blue Moon" as part of a skiffle group with Colen York and Colin Broome. York and Broome came from Northampton, and were in a band called The Apex, which Hunter soon joined. In 1963, while living in Northampton, he formed his own band, Hurricane Henry and the Shriekers.

In 1966 Hunter moved to London, where he joined The Scenery, but in early 1968 he joined a new group, At Last The 1958 Rock and Roll Show. As the short-lived rock and roll revival began to wane, At Last the 1958 Rock and Roll Show changed its name to Charlie Woolfe and released a final single, "Dance, Dance, Dance". Hunter played sporadically in various other bands throughout the 1960s, including The New Yardbirds, and backed Billy Fury, Freddie "Fingers" Lee, The Young Idea and David McWilliams. He also worked as a journalist...

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