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Mick Ralphs

Michael Geoffrey Ralphs


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Biography

Former MOTT THE HOOPLE and BAD COMPANY guitarist Mick Raplhs was born Michael Geoffrey Ralphs on 31st March 1944 in Stoke Lacy, Herefordshire. Ralphs had also worked on albums with ex-BEATLES man GEORGE HARRISON and, during 1984, on solo touring stints with PINK FLOYD guitarist DAVID GILMOUR. His 1985 solo album 'Take This' featured bassist Micky Feat and his fellow BAD COMPANY member drummer Simon Kirke. Ralphs only managed four gigs in support of the album his live band consisting of guitarist Dave Colwell (later to join Ralphs in a reformed BAD COMPANY), URIAH HEEP drummer Chris Slade and OZZY OSBOURNE keyboard player Lindsay Bridgewater. Prior to rejuvenating BAD COMPANY Ralphs joined COLD TURKEY, an act that lasted just one gig.

The 'Take This' album was re-released in America during 1995 by Griffin Records to coincide with the release of BAD COMPANY's 'Company Of Strangers' album then in 1998 with bonus tracks by Angel Air.

A fresh studio album, 'It's All Good', emerged in 2001 on the Angel Air label. The record included a BAD COMPANY live recording of FREDDIE KING's 'Hideaway'. Fortunately for his fans Ralphs continued this renewed trend of releasing new music, a further new studio outing 'That's Life - Can't Get Enough' emerging in January of 2003. The record proved of great intrigue to BAD COMPANY completists as it featured an unreleased 1977 track 'Budgie' and the original MOTT THE HOOPLE working demo for 'Can't Get Enough'.

Ralphs was reunited with MOTT THE HOOPLE frontman IAN HUNTER for the first time in almost two decades when he joined Hunter's May 2002 fifteen date UK tour. January of 2004 found the Hoople partnership of Ralphs and IAN HUNTER out on the road together in the UK, fronting up a band comprising Andy York, Gus Goad, Ian Gibbons and Steve Holley.


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