Ian Hunter
Ian Hunter
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.
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German Officials Seek Tunisian in Connection With Christmas Market Attack in Berlin - New York Times
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New York Times German Officials Seek Tunisian in Connection With Christmas Market Attack in Berlin New York Times Anis Amri is wanted by German police in connection with the Berlin Christmas market attack. Credit German Federal Police. BERLIN — A young Tunisian who was denied asylum in Germany and was considered a potential security risk was being sought ... Berlin truck attack: Police hunt for Tunisian suspectBBC News Report: German police knew Berlin attack suspect would strikeFox News Berlin Truck Attack: Police ID Tunisian Man Hunted as Suspect in Deadly RampageNBCNews.com U.S. News & World Report -Wall Street Journal -CBS News -Reuters all 3,794 news articles »
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Talkin' Jaco with Metallica's Robert Trujillo, Chatting with Denise Donatelli, Plus the Nolatet, Svetlana & The Delancey Five and Rolla Olak Exclusives
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A Conversation with Robert Trujillo Mike Ragogna: Robert, was your first big musical inspiration Jaco Pastorius? Robert Trujillo: Yeah. I'm always pulling and really feeding off of my inspirations, I think most musicians do. But I try to incorporate a lot of that influence in what I do. So Jaco was definitely a huge inspiration back in 1979 when I saw him for the first time. It really did change my life and set me on an interesting creative path. Definitely. MR: When did you first see him perform live? RT: I saw him with Weather Report. I had started hearing about him in the late seventies and then in 1979 they came through town. They were playing at the Santa Monica civic auditorium, that was our local concert venue at the time. The great thing about Santa Monica civic auditorium was it was a place you could ride your bike to. In this case my dad dropped me and my friends off and we'd go see Ronnie James Dio or Jean-Luc Ponty or Weather Report or the Pretenders. There wa ...
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Conversations with PUSA's Jason Finn, Plus Chatting with Sabina and Exclusives from Grace Valerie and Analog Rebellion
Huffington Post - about 3 years
A Conversation with The Presidents of the United States of America's Jason Finn Mike Ragogna: After twenty years together, it's about time you were asked who is or was your favorite president of the United States, you know, like you've never been asked that before. Jason Finn: As Michael Bolton said in Office Space: "I guess I sorta like 'em all." MR: Bill Clinton, "W" and Barack Obama. What would you ask each president? JF: I'd ask them what specifically each would change about the track sequencing of Physical Graffitti. Obviously, it would be a trap question, since it's a perfect double album. MR: How did you approach the material this time out and how is it different from your last one? JF: We booked a couple of days last October with no material or preparation, purely for fun. We were truly shocked when those yielded four or five complete songs. Surely, this was a fluke! So we booked a few more in November. This time, we ended up with 6 or 7 more. Clearly, a crisis was bre ...
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Your Cheatin' Heart
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Some men are luckier in life than in love. Whether they become top athletes, matinee idols, or wartime heroes, their trust in the goodness of people makes them loyal to a fault. Like big old dogs that can't stop wagging their tails with excitement once they see (or smell) a familiar face, these guys cling to idealistic fantasies about the women in their lives. Alas, mothers and lovers are rarely as perfect as their men would like to imagine. Temptation rears its head at every turn (whether in the form of a new dress, some luscious chocolate, a hot stud, or the opportunity to don a new dress to impress a hot stud who arrives with some luscious chocolate). Sometimes fantasies become reality and a woman is forced to make tough choices. At other times, she can have it all. As Mae West boasted in 1978's Sextette: "I'm the kinda girl who works for Paramount by day, and Fox all night." Which leads one to ask: How much should any man risk on a woman's desire for monogamy? * * * * * * ...
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Since Nothing Good Could Come From This, Colorado Might Ban Hunters from Using Drones
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Already foretelling the problems this could cause, Colorado is considering banning hunters from using drones to help them spot deer and other game. Under federal and state regulations, it's illegal to use airplanes in spotting animals, but Colorado is worried that hunters will bend the rules by using unmanned robots to locate wildlife. Randy Hampton, a spokesman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said the new rules are the result of the proliferation of drones in the state:
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Steven Rosen: The 30 Best Post 50 Albums Of 2012
Huffington Post - about 4 years
(Written/Compiled for Rock's Backpages, www.rocksbackpages.com) THE 84 ROCK'S BACKPAGES contributors -- and other invited music aficionados who participated in its second Senior Moments poll -- had a heap of fun with their list titles. As if "senior moments" and "silver-haired top tens" (both coined by RBP's editorial director Barney Hoskyns) weren't sly enough, David Quantick came up with the wonderful acronym MOPO -- "Music of Older People Origin." Robert (Robot) Hull rather bluntly labeled his submission "Top Ten Albums of the Year by Old Farts." Tim Riley's tag was "Geezer Youth." Holly Gleason called hers "Top 10 Dinosaur Rock Records." We could go on. And yet, for all the merriment, there was also commitment to the cause. While rock may have started as youth music, and that's still an artistically vital and commercially lucrative part of it, it is indeed only a part of it. Older musicians who were influenced by rock and all its related streams -- country, sou ...
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Dusty Wright: Best 12 Albums for 2012
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Wasn't easy to whittle this list down to 10, let alone 11, so I picked 12 for 12-12-12. A few of these selections were last minute additions that knocked two other picks out of top spots. Moreover, I decided to include 12 more picks at the end of my selections to show what else was being considered. Nada Surf The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy (Barsuk) I've not seen this album on any critics' year-end lists (aside from my managing editor Steve's list, obviously). Not sure why, because Nada Surf released a timeless collection of alt pop-rock songs. This is songwriting 101 -- verse, chorus, verse, bridge. If there is a better pop-rock band in America, let me know. Twenty years in and no sign of lazy rock star bullshit, just plenty of great chiming guitar riffs and hooky-as-hell tunes. Album of the year. Father John Misty Fear Fun (Sub Pop) Father John Misty AKA Joshua Tillman has crafted as compelling a SOCAL folk-rock journey you'll hear this year, albeit ...
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When Ian Hunter Is 'President'
NPR - over 4 years
Despite its title, When I'm President isn't as political as Hunter's past couple of solo albums. Critic Ken Tucker says Hunter reaches back into rock's past while linking it firmly to the present. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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This Week's Mercury Music Section
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
Richard Bernadin Chromatics Another week, another Mercury music section that contains scant mention of the world's richest drummers. Okay, we'd be shocked if Ringo Starr and Phil Collins weren't on the list, but no Dave Weckl? No Kenny Aronoff? NO TERRY BOZZIO???? • • • Chromatics are bigger than Portland now, but we'll keep claiming them as one of our own, especially if they keep putting out masterpieces like the absolutely stunning Kill for Love. LISTEN: Chromatics - "Kill for Love" • • • I always considered it one of rock's cruelest twists that one of its best songwriters, Ian Hunter, didn't write his own biggest hit. (That would be Mott the Hoople's "All the Young Dudes," which David Bowie wrote.) But make no mistake: Ian Hunter is one of the all-time greats, and he's coming to Portland. You should probably be freaking out. LISTEN: Ian Hunter - "When I'm President" • • • If you had to pigeonhole Bruxa, you could say they started by putting dub ...
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Pink Carpet Project Fashion Show Recap
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
I attended the Pink Carpet Project Fashion Show last Thursday evening and it was a doozy of a show. So many designers, models, and volunteers came to together to show support for Planned Parenthood, it was enough to make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The designers featured ran the gamut of Portland and Seattle favorites to newcomers and the fashion did not disappoint. Here are some of my favorite looks, along with a couple of photos I took: Kaitlin Swezey Ilha Swimwear Kaitlin Swezey Saint Elyns Kaitlin Swezey Lisa Vian Hunter [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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Podcast with Webb Wilder, who brings his band to Kirk Avenue Music Hall on Friday night
Roanoke.com - over 4 years
Webb Wilder | File photo He tried to talk himself into being a furniture salesman, because that’s what his family did. But the rock ‘n’ roll life, and with it the music business, was a calling for Webb Wilder. He’s glad he did it. And through decades of a solid career with a dedicated cult following, the roots-rocking Wilder has impressed more just his fans. We do a podcast with Wilder, who brings his band to Kirk Avenue Music Hall on Friday. Along the lines of conversation, he remembered a real pick-me-up he received while doing a classic rock festival in Lillehammer, Norway. First, the background: Wilder’s early recording career included a cover of Ian Hunter’s “Big Time,” a song that has become a Wilder fan favorite. When Wilder and his band went to Lillehammer for the days-long festival, he saw Hunter playing there, too. Hunter didn’t perform “Big Time” at that show, but later, a journalist approached Wilder with a message from Hunter. The reporter said: “Ian Hunter t ...
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Marc Emery: Origins of 4/20 as a Day of Celebration & Protests
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
When I first began my Vancouver hemp store, HEMP BC, in July 1994, my first hires were Ian Hunter and Danna Rozek, two people I'd met in the months prior to opening my retail shop at 324 West Hastings (across from the location, 18 years later, of Cannabis Culture Headquarters). I noticed right away that Danna and her friend, also hired at Hemp BC, Cindy Lassu, were 'Deadheads,' totally committed to the culture and language and music of the Grateful Dead. I remember my surprise and curiosity when Ian and Danna both yelled elatedly at 4:20 pm each afternoon I was in their company, "It's 4:20, smoke 'em if ya got 'em." I had never heard that phrase or ritual before, and yet I'd been smoking pot (in London, Ontario) since 1981. I moved to Vancouver in March of 1994. I thought it was an odd west coast thing, something peculiar to Vancouver. In conversations I had with High Times editor Steve Hagar, I learned that it first became a ritual in the high schools of central Califo ...
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West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day countdown: 1 week to register
West Seattle Blog - almost 5 years
120 sales now on the map for West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2012 – the six hours (9 am-3 pm the second Saturday of May, which this year is May 12th) when our peninsula turns into Garage/Yard/Rummage Sale Paradise. We are now exactly a week away from the official registration deadline – 11:59 pm next Wednesday (April 25th) – that cutoff gives us just enough time to make the maps (which will be ready a week before WSCGSD) and launch the final round of promotion with something resembling an accurate total. **Registration form’s here** And we have two more notes: **NOT ENOUGH ROOM OR STUFF FOR YOUR OWN SALE? Hotwire Online Coffeehouse and C & P Coffee Company (both WSB sponsors) are once again offering courtyard/yard space for small individual sellers. Inquire at either coffee shop (4410 California is Hotwire, 5612 California is C&P) or by e-mail – info@hotwirecoffee.com or candp@comcast.net. **DON’T WANT TO SELL, BUT HAVE STUFF SOMEONE MIGHT WANT TO SELL? The Rainb ...
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The Hop Farm 2012 Completes Line Up
Clash - almost 5 years
The Hop Farm have added the final names to their 2012 line up, including Ray Davies, Richard Ashcroft and more. With their no branding, no advertising ethos The Hop Farm have attempted to put the festival season back into the hand's of the fans. Looking at this year's line up, it's certainly obvious that plenty of thought, hard work and effort is going into 2012's instalment. The latest announcement from The Hop Farm fills in the gaps on the current line up. Richard Ashcroft is set to play at the summer event, his only UK appearance at the festival season. Elsewhere, Kinks icon Ray Davies is due to appear. Capable of drawing on one of British music's most sublime back catalogues, the songwriter remains a wonderful performer. Set to take part in The Hop Farm, Ray Davies joins a line up already dominated by the spectre of Bob Dylan and Patti Smith. Other new additions to the line up include British Sea Power, The Futureheads, Welsh wonder Gruff Rhys, newcomer Mary Epwo ...
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Music DVD Review: Ian Hunter – Live At Rockpalast Featuring Mick Ronson
Cleveland.com - almost 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-119144" href="/Ian+Hunter+1">Ian Hunter</a> and Mick Ronson were young dudes carrying the rock news in Live At Rockpalast, which was recorded in 1980....
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Gay SA Labor MP Ian Hunter the first sitting Aussie MP to marry - NEWS.com.au
Google News - about 5 years
Gay SA Labor MP <a class="fplink fp-119144" href="/ian+hunter+1">Ian Hunter</a> the first sitting Aussie MP to marry NEWS.com.au SA politician <a class="fplink fp-119144" href="/ian+hunter+1">Ian Hunter</a>, right, and partner, artist Leith Semmens. The pair have been together for more than 20 years. Picture: Naomi Jellicoe Source: The Advertiser THE first openly gay state MP, <a class="fplink fp-119144" href="/ian+hunter+1">Ian Hunter</a>, will marry his long-term partner, ... Yes minister - he's his own manAdelaide Now all 6 news articles »
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ian Hunter
  • 2015
    Age 75
    Hunter's observations on his Tokyo trip were documented in an article titled 'Diary Of A Rock 'N' Roll Star - Part 2' that appeared in the June 2015 issue of Mojo (magazine).
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    Hunter continues to tour across the UK, Europe and North America. In January 2015 he played three nights in Tokyo.
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  • 2014
    Age 74
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A new live album, 'Ian Hunter & The Rant Band - Live In The UK 2010' was released on 20 October 2014 on Hunter's own label Rant Records.
  • 2012
    Age 72
    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.
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  • 2009
    Age 69
    Man Overboard, was released on 21 July 2009, by New West Records to critical success, further bolstering his return to public acclaim.
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  • 2007
    Age 67
    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.
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  • 2005
    Age 65
    Hunter won Classic Rock Magazine's Songwriter Award in October 2005.
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  • 2004
    Age 64
    Hunter's studio album Rant, released the same year, received wide critical acclaim, and was followed by two live albums: 2004's Strings Attached with a 20-piece orchestra, and 2005's The Truth, The Whole Truth and Nuthin' But The Truth with Mick Ralphs (and Brian May of Queen and Joe Elliott of Def Leppard on one song).
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  • 2001
    Age 61
    In 2001, Hunter toured North America with Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band as part of a line-up which included Ringo Starr, Sheila E., Greg Lake, Howard Jones, Roger Hodgson, and Mark Rivera.
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  • 1994
    Age 54
    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.
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  • 1990
    Age 50
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Ronson died of liver cancer a year later, and Hunter gave his memorial speech. Hunter wrote and recorded "Michael Picasso", a tribute to Ronson that was included on Hunter's 1996 album The Artful Dodger, the follow-up to Dirty Laundry (1995).
  • 1980
    Age 40
    Todd Rundgren played lead guitar on Hunter's eleven-show 1980 US tour.
    More Details Hide Details Hunter's first studio album of the 1980s was Short Back 'n' Sides (1981), produced in collaboration with Ronson and Clash guitarist Mick Jones. Ronson's input on Hunter's next album, All of the Good Ones Are Taken (1983), was restricted to playing guitar on a single track. The title track became a minor hit in the US, after MTV put the song's video into heavy rotation. In the same year, Ronson travelled to Canada to produce the Payolas' album Hammer on a Drum, to which Hunter contributed backing vocals.
  • 1979
    Age 39
    Hunter was given the key to the city by Cleveland mayor Dennis Kucinich on 19 June 1979.
    More Details Hide Details The best-selling status of Schizophrenic led Hunter's record label, Chrysalis Records, to commission the release of the double album Welcome to the Club (1980). Primarily a live album, it also features some original studio material.
    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.
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  • 1975
    Age 35
    In March 1975 Hunter joined forces with Mick Ronson, his most frequent collaborator until Ronson's death in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details Hunter's first single from his eponymous solo album was the UK Top 40 hit "Once Bitten Twice Shy". Hunter and Ronson then parted professionally, reportedly due to Hunter's refusal to deal with Ronson's manager, Tony DeFries. Hunter's second solo album, All American Alien Boy (1976), was a more soul-infused work which featured saxophonist David Sanborn and bassist Jaco Pastorius. Queen, once an opening act for Mott the Hoople, provided backing vocals on one track. Hunter's next album, Overnight Angels (1977), was produced by Roy Thomas Baker and featured a heavier guitar sound courtesy of former Bowie sideman Earl Slick. Hunter's record label in America, Columbia Records, refused to release the album in the US due to issues concerning Hunter's management: "Overnight Angels was not released in the US because I fired my manager, Fred Heller, during the English promotional tour – just before it was to be released in America. Columbia said they didn't want to release it until I had new management and that dragged on until it became too late."
  • 1974
    Age 34
    Hunter left the band in December 1974.
    More Details Hide Details The remaining members carried on under the names Mott and British Lions. On 16 January 2009, several sources, including Hunter's own website, announced that Mott the Hoople would reunite for two concerts at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, on 2 and 3 October 2009. These two dates sold out, and three additional dates were added. In the end, Mott the Hoople played 2 warm up gigs in Monmouth, 5 nights at the Hammersmith Apollo, and made a final appearance at the Tartan Clefs Charity night at the Kelvin Hall that November. A further British tour in 2013, taking in Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow and Manchester, culminated in a last night at The O2 arena on the 18 November 2013.
  • 1973
    Age 33
    Ralphs left in 1973 to form Bad Company, and Hunter began to play guitar until Luther Grosvenor took over.
    More Details Hide Details Hunter at the same time was increasingly pressured to write hits for the band. Grosvenor, aka Ariel Bender, was briefly replaced by Mick Ronson, formerly the leading member of Bowie's backing band The Spiders from Mars, after the release of a live album following The Hoople.
  • 1972
    Age 32
    Hunter chronicled the highs and lows of touring in Diary of a Rock'n'Roll Star, his journal of a chaotic five-week American tour in November–December 1972.
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  • 1969
    Age 29
    By 1969 Hunter had two children, but was still hoping for a return to making music full-time.
    More Details Hide Details Meanwhile, guitarist Mick Ralphs joined organist Verden Allen in Jimmy Cliff's backing band, The Shakedown Sound. Eventually Ralphs, Allen, vocalist Stan Tippins, bassist Overend Watts, and drummer Dale Griffin united to become Silence, who auditioned for British impresario Guy Stevens. Silence renamed themselves after Willard Manus' 1966 novel, Mott the Hoople. The band lacked a credible singer with stage presence, and the seasoned Hunter, who had by this time taken to wearing his trademark sunglasses, auditioned on a lark. They were a critical success in the UK, where some of their most dedicated early fans included future members of the Clash. However, they could not sustain their commercial appeal, and their American tours were slow in building a following. Mott released several LPs and attracted enthusiastic live audiences, but experienced dismal sales despite the svengali-like leadership and promotion of Stevens. After a 1972 concert in a "gas cylinder" in Switzerland, the band announced their end.
  • 1968
    Age 28
    In late 1968 Mickie Most hired Hunter and Dufort to play in a band that was to be called 'The New Yardbirds', a name that Jimmy Page had been using for his post-Yardbirds group before discarding it in favour of 'Led Zeppelin'.
    More Details Hide Details This led confused fans to think that Hunter had been a member of Led Zeppelin. Explained Hunter: "See: this is rubbish, but people read it and believe it." Hunter also worked as a journalist and staff songwriter for the firm Francis, Day & Hunter, did road-digging for a local council, and reported for a local newspaper. During Hunter's obscure early years, Hereford's Shakedown Sound gigged in roughly the same circles but without any record company interest.
    Hunter remained in the band after Anderson's early 1968 departure.
    More Details Hide Details Anderson and J.V. Smith were replaced by guitarist Chris Mayfield and drummer Pete Phillipps, and the group backed up Freddie Lee in 'At Last The 1958 Rock and Roll Show'. They got a regular booking at The Angel in Edmonton, and drew interest from both Chrysalis Records and NEMS but were signed by neither. With Miller Anderson back in place of Mayfield, the group released a single on CBS called "I Can't Drive". As the short-lived rock and roll revival waned, 'At Last the 1958 Rock and Roll Show' changed its name to 'Charlie Woolfe' and released a final single, "Dance, Dance, Dance". Hunter played with various other artists throughout the 1960s, including The Young Idea, Billy Fury and David McWilliams.
  • 1966
    Age 26
    In 1966 Hunter moved to London, where he joined The Scenery with guitarist Miller Anderson, drummer Dave Dufort and keyboard player Dante Smith.
    More Details Hide Details There Hunter met Mick Ronson, then guitarist of bands the Voice and The Rats, at the Flamingo Club in London. According to Anderson, "Mick was coming down the stairs... and we were going up and I said, `Mick, this is my friend, Ian Hunter Patterson.'" The Scenery, now with John Vernon Smith on drums, recorded tracks with Bill Farley at Regent Sound that were licensed for international release without their knowledge. Hunter and Anderson recall writing and recording "To Make a Man Cry," but not the B-side, "Thread of Time." John Vernon Smith appears on the picture sleeve, but Johnny Banks, of The Merseybeats, played on the record. Johnny Gustafson was also included in the session work. The songs were released on the Impact label, and it is unclear whether they originated from France or Belgium.
  • 1964
    Age 24
    Lee took over as frontman in March 1964, and Hunter moved to bass.
    More Details Hide Details Frank Short eventually learned of Hunter's duplicity, and Hunter was kicked out of The Apex Group. It was during this period – late 1963 or early 1964 – that The Apex recorded a second disc for John Lever records, released as The Apex Rhythm & Blues All Stars. The four-song EP included their own "Tall Girl", and covers of Chuck Berry's "Reeling and A'Rocking" and "Down the Road A'piece", and Jimmy Gilmer and The Fireballs' "Sugar Shack". Hunter probably does not appear on this record; the EP was recorded around the time Hunter left the group for the second time. At Freddie Lee's suggestion, The Shriekers began taking jobs in the same German clubs where the Beatles had cut their teeth a few years earlier. In an interview taped in 2004, Hunter volunteers that Lee and their gigs in Hamburg were a major turning point, at which he first began to "think maybe I could do this instead of working in factories."
  • 1963
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They worked steadily in Northampton, and attracted the attention of pianist Freddie 'Fingers' Lee.
  • 1958
    Age 18
    Hunter left The Apex Group in 1958, just before they recorded their first single "Yorkshire Relish, Caravan" for John Lever Records.
    More Details Hide Details Hunter played in a few local groups, but eventually his financial situation forced a change. "I wasn't making my hire-purchase payments, and 'little jobs' were getting done and people were getting smacked. I was never in the middle of it, but I was always somewhere in the area." He returned to Shrewsbury, ostensibly to become more responsible in his personal life, and settled down enough to have a steady girlfriend in Diane Coles. Outside of his day job, he and Tony Wardle formed a harmonica duo inspired by Morton Fraser's Harmonica Gang, a local variety act. Once out of debt and seemingly settled, Hunter returned to Northampton and The Apex Group. Diane followed and the two married and settled in St James End. Their first child, Stephen, was born there in 1962. Tensions were in the air though, both musically and in his personal life. While his wife attended to home life, Hunter resumed his wild ways with his Northampton mates.
  • 1939
    Born on June 3, 1939.
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