Mott The Hoople and Ian Hunter

'Diary' competition

[Diary, 2018 issue]

The good people at Omnibus Press kindly offered three copies of Diary of a Rock 'n' Roll Star to give away in my first-ever competition.

The competition ran for the month of September and is now closed. Congratulations to Dave Crisfield, Tom Caulfield and Mark Ridley who were the first three names to be drawn out of the hat. Copies will be mailed out by Omnibus Press when they become available.

For the first question I asked "In 1968, what connects west London prison Wormwood Scrubs with the band Mott The Hoople?" The correct answer is Guy Stevens. In 1968 he was sentenced to a term of imprisonment for drugs possession. This was spent at Wormwood Scrubs. While there he read a book by Willard Manus called Mott The Hoople. He thought it would make a great band name...

For the second question I asked "In 1970, which member of Mott The Hoople (among others) contributed to a single which was released by a member of comedy trio The Goodies?" The correct answer is Verden Allen. In 1970 he, along with Bill Oddie (of The Goodies), Henry McCullough, Alan Spenner and Jim Capaldi recorded a version of On Ilkla Moor Baht'at in the style of 'With A Little Help From My Friends'. The audio is on YouTube - the screenshot of the single shows Verden's name quite clearly.