Ian Hunter Biography
Ian Hunter, born Ian Hunter Patterson on June 3, 1939 in Oswestry, Shropshire ENGLAND, played in various bands throughout the 60s, including The New Yardbirds, he also worked as a journalist and staff songwriter for Francis Day and Hunter before joining Herefordshire band, Silence, in 1969. Renamed Mott The Hoople by manic mentor and producer Guy Stevens, Hunter became the group's vocalist, principal songwriter and focal point with visually striking corkscrew hair and omnipresent dark glasses. The band recorded four crazed but critically-acclaimed and highly influential albums for Island Records and possessed enormous live prowess, but poor record sales led to a temporary split and a move to CBS/Columbia. With David Bowie's "All The Young Dudes" as the launchpad, Mott The Hoople hit superstar status between 1972 and 1974. Various personnel changes in Mott The Hoople ended with the recruitment of the highly talented Mick Ronson as lead guitarist, but personality clashes and strains within the group resulted in its demise after Hunter suffered a physical breakdown in the United States.
After leaving Mott, in early 1975, Ian Hunter quickly recorded his eponymous
solo debut album with Mick Ronson. Not surprisingly, the disc contained
a lot of the Glam-Rock charm of Hunter's old group; it debuted at #50
on the U.S. Pop Albums chart and included the oft-covered U.K. top 40
hit "Once Bitten, Twice Shy".
His second solo LP, "All American Alien Boy", was released fifteen months later sporting an array of talented musicians such as Freddie Mercury, saxophonist David Sanborn and Jazz bass wizard Jaco Pastorius. Unfortunately it was a commercial failure and only scraped onto the U.S. Pop Albums chart at #177.
After another lackluster release, 1977's "Overnight Angels", Ian Hunter delivered his fourth album "You're Never Alone With A Schizophrenic" in 1979 to both critical acclaim and great sales, it peaked at #35 on the U.S. Top 200 LPs & Tapes chart while the main single, "Just Another Night", reached the #68 position on the Pop chart.
"Short Back And Sides" arrived two years later, featuring The Clash's Mick Jones and Topper Headon on guitar and drums respectively, it reached #69 on the U.S. Pop Albums chart spawning the minor hit "I Need Your Love".
1983 saw the release of "All Of The Good Ones Are Taken" which contained a Mainstream Rock top 30 hit in its title-track; however it only reached #125 on the American Top 200 LPs & Tapes chart.