Ian Hunter

Singer + Songwriter + Musician
Born Jun 3, 1939

Ian Hunter Patterson is an English singer-songwriter. He was the lead singer of the English rock band Mott the Hoople from its inception in 1969 to its dissolution in 1974, and he again fronted them at the time of their 2009 reunion. Hunter was a musician and songwriter before Mott The Hoople, and he continued in this vein after he left the band.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Ian Hunter.


1939 Birth Born on June 3, 1939.


1958 19 Years Old Hunter left The Apex Group in 1958, just before they recorded their first single "Yorkshire Relish, Caravan" for John Lever Records. … Read More


1963 24 Years Old …  In 1963, while still a group member, Hunter formed a band in direct competition to them: Hurricane Henry and the Shriekers, with Tony Marriott on drums and Julian Coulter on guitar. … Read More
1964 25 Years Old Lee took over as frontman in March 1964, and Hunter moved to bass. … Read More
1966 27 Years Old In 1966 Hunter moved to London, where he joined The Scenery with guitarist Miller Anderson, drummer Dave Dufort and keyboard player Dante Smith. … Read More
1968 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Hunter remained in the band after Anderson's early 1968 departure. … Read More


1969 - 1972 2 More Events
1973 34 Years Old Ralphs left in 1973 to form Bad Company, and Hunter began to play guitar until Luther Grosvenor took over. … Read More
1974 35 Years Old Hunter left the band in December 1974. … Read More
1975 36 Years Old In March 1975 Hunter joined forces with Mick Ronson, his most frequent collaborator until Ronson's death in 1993. … Read More


1979 40 Years Old 1 More Event
Mick Ronson returned as producer and guitarist on Hunter's 1979 album, You're Never Alone with a Schizophrenic, which also featured John Cale and several members of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. Two songs from Schizophrenic became successes for other artists: Barry Manilow's version of "Ships" became a top ten US hit in late 1979, and the Presidents of the United States of America's 1997 cover of "Cleveland Rocks" was used as the theme song for The Drew Carey Show. "Cleveland Rocks" is arguably Hunter's most enduring solo song; a de facto anthem in Cleveland, Ohio, where it is sometimes used as a victory song for the city's sports teams.
1980 41 Years Old Todd Rundgren played lead guitar on Hunter's eleven-show 1980 US tour. … Read More


1990 51 Years Old YUI Orta was released as a joint album by Hunter and Mick Ronson in 1990, and the pair performed alongside David Bowie and Queen at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in April 1992. … Read More
1994 55 Years Old Hunter appeared on Ronson's posthumously-released solo album, Heaven and Hull (1994), and performed at the first Mick Ronson Memorial Concert in April 1994.


2001 - 2004 2 More Events
2005 66 Years Old Hunter won Classic Rock Magazine's Songwriter Award in October 2005.
2007 68 Years Old His studio album Shrunken Heads was accompanied by a three-song bonus CD, and was released in May 2007 by Jerkin' Crocus promotions in Europe and Yep Roc Records in the US.
2009 70 Years Old Man Overboard, was released on 21 July 2009, by New West Records to critical success, further bolstering his return to public acclaim.
2012 73 Years Old Hunter's 20th solo studio album When I'm President was released on Monday 3 September 2012 in the UK on Proper Records, and on Tuesday 4 September 2012 in the US on Slimstyle Records. … Read More
2014 75 Years Old Hunter and his Rant band performed a special concert on 3 June 2014, at the City Winery in New York to mark Hunter's 75th birthday. … Read More
2015 76 Years Old 1 More Event
Hunter continues to tour across the UK, Europe and North America. In January 2015 he played three nights in Tokyo.
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