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Archive Catalogue – 13th & 14th March 2019
Artist Guitars & Memorabilia – Wednesday 13th March 2019
Peter “Pete” Overend Watts (13 May 1947 – 22 January 2017)
PeteOverend Watts was an English bass guitarist and founding member of the iconic 1970s rock band Mott the Hoople.
Born in Yardley, Birmingham, on 13 May 1947, he moved to Worthing, Sussex, as a child and later to Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire. He started learning guitar when he was 13 whilst at Ross Grammar School. By 1965 he switched to bass and became a professional musician alongside Mick Ralphs in a group called the Buddies, playing in German and Italy.
The group later became the Doc Thomas Group, and then Shakedown Sound, before finally changing their name to Silence and settling in London in 1969. The addition of singer Ian Hunter saw the band became Mott the Hoople. Manager Guy Stevens, asked Pete to go out under his middle name ‘Overend’. This was a family name passed down through generations. Watts adopted the stage name ‘Overend Watts’.
Petes iconic look was created by Watts’s bass of choice, a white Gibson Thunderbird, matched with his thigh high white boots.
The band’s 1969 debut album, Mott the Hoople became a cult success but unfortunately the following three albums (Mad Shadows (1970), Wildlife (1971) and Brain Capers (1971)) didn’t fare so well. Following a depressing concert in Switzerland, combined with an aborted UK tour, the band was close to breaking up.
Pete phoned David Bowie to ask if he required his services as a bass player. When Bowie heard that the band were close to an end, he persuaded them to stay together, gifting them All the Young Dudes and producing the album under the same name. This song shot Mott the Hoople to success and would become one of the most iconic tracks of the era. The 1973 album Mott became the bands best seller in the USA and included two UK hits, Honaloochie Boogie and All the Way from Memphis.1974 was an eventful year for the band. Chart success came again with Roll Away the Stone and the band went on to have the iconic US tour, with support from Queen. The 1974 albums The Hoople and Live were released, followed by the departure of Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson, The band subsequently abbreviated the name to Mott.
Watts continued, and with various line up changes and two albums later, the band transformed into British Lions, releasing two albums before splitting up following no chart success.
In January 2009 it was confirmed that Watts and the other original members of Mott the Hoople would reform for three 40th anniversary reunion concerts in October 2009. The reunion at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London, England was extended to five shows due to popular demand.
In November 2013 Mott the Hoople again reunited, with Martin Chambers sitting in for Buffin on drums, for a series of UK gigs in Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle and Manchester, before concluding at the 02 in London.
Watts was known for his long-distance walks. His book The Man Who Hated Walking was published in 2013.
In September 2017, his debut solo album He’s Real Gone, was posthumously released.
Watts sadly died on 22 January 2017 at the age of 69.
We are delighted to offer the following instruments and ephemera on behalf of Pete’s family. Over 100 lots include his personal collection of weird and wonderful guitars and career related memorabilia, amassed over his forty-year career.
Further items from the Overend Watts collection can be found on day two – 14th March 2019
Richard Hugh “Huw” Lloyd-Langton (6 February 1951 – 6 December 2012)
A self taught – self styled guitarist/songwriter/singer with extraordinary talent. Huw read and wrote both rock and classical music. and is renowned as an original member of HAWKWIND.
Born in Harlesden, North London, Huw started playing guitar at school. His first professional gig was in Germany with WINSTON G, who he toured with continuously for 6 months.
After this jaunt in 1969, Huw returned to UK and joined HAWKWIND with Dave Brock, Jon Harrison, Terry Ollis & Dik Mik. He remained with them for over two years, recording their first two LP’s. Due to illness in late 1971 he left (occasionally joining them), returning full time in 1979 when their LP ‘LIVE 79’ went straight in the top 10 UK charts. In fact everything they did between 1979 and 1985 was either in the pop, heavy metal or independent charts
1971 to 1979 came a variety of gigs including a 2-year acoustic stint in vegetarian restaurant PASTURES, London, teaching guitar at a comprehensive school in Streatham for a year, 6 months with LEO SAYER touring UK & Europe and various other band situations.
From 1974 to 1978 he joined WIDOMAKER touring the USA and recording 2 LPs, which charted there. Line-up included Steve Ellis- LOVE AFFAIR, Aerial Bender- MOTT THE HOOPLE, Bob Daisley-RAINBOW, Paul Nicholls LINDISFARNE and John Butler.
In 1979 he re-joined HAWKWIND where he remained for the next 10 years. Their LP ‘LIVE 79 went straight in the top 10 UK charts.
In 1982 Huw formed LLOYD LANGTON GROUP (LLG) to gig between HAWKWIND quiet periods. LLG had two singles and two LPs in the Heavy Metal charts during 80s. During this period, he had his own column in GUITARIST magazine for six months titled ‘Langton’s Lead Lines’.
Since 1989: Huw joined PRETTY THINGS on one European tour, toured Italy in ’93 with DR BROWN, and toured the UK several times with LLG. During the spring ’95 he toured Sweden with Ray Majors MOTT THE HOOPLES last guitarist and has been back twice with the LLOYD LANGTON GROUP. August ’97 saw Huw join Hawkwind as a special guest at Blackheath Concert Halls raising over £8,500 for Shelter’s work with the Homeless.
During 1993 to 1998 Huw also taught guitar at the Kilburn Community Centre and has performed numerous solo acoustic concerts both in UK, Denmark and Sweden.
Huw’s last LLG CD ‘Chain Reaction’ was released in 1999.
Later work would include rereleases and further work on LLG recordings as well as many reunion performances with HAWKWIND.
Ill health hampered the latter part of Huw’s career. He sadly passed away at his home on 6 December 2012, aged 61 years old, after a two-year fight with cancer.
We are pleased to offer the following instruments and ephemera on behalf of Huws family. These twenty lots include the tools of his trade and memorabilia connected to his forty year career.
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