Possibly one of the most-loved and –respected percussionists ever in the rock biz. (Above, top center)
By Uncle Blurt
Terence Dale Griffin, known to Mott the Hoople aficionados across the globe as simply “Buffin,” passed away last night (Jan. 17) in England. The cause of death has not yet been officially announced, but according to the BBC, Griffin “died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday night, said Peter Purnell from record label Angel Air records.”
Griffin had been ill for a number of years, and although he was a member from the group’s late ‘60s inception through its demise in the mid ‘70s, his health prevented him from taking part in the entire celebrated Mott live reunion in 2009 for the group’s 40th anniversary celebration. At that point he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Purnell told the BBC, “ He was one of the nicest, friendly and talented men I have ever known. All he ever wanted was for his beloved Mott The Hoople to reform and it was his determination that achieved that very feat in 2009 but sadly by then he was too ill to perform at the five sold-out dates – though he did join the band for encores.”
You can find out more about Griffin at his Wikipedia page, including his post-Mott work (which included a healthy career as a BBC producer from 1981-94). Meanwhile, let’s rock, all you yong dudes and dudettes – your ol’ uncle saw Mott twice wayyyyy back in the day and the band was, in concert, a life-changing experience. Somewhere in my storage unit I still have my stack heels and glammy spaceman outfits to prove it…. The music endures to this day, and I will always treasure every single one of my albums by the band.