|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||blues bands i have seen live born in 1948|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||allmusic discogs other databases secondhandsongs VIAF wikidata wikipedia|
Michael Geoffrey Ralphs, 31 May 1944, Hereford, Herefordshire, England. Ralphs was a member of the Hereford-based act known variously as the Shakedown Sound, the Doc Thomas Group and Silence. They took the name Mott The Hoople in 1969 upon securing a recording contract with Island Records and Ralphs remained with the group for the next four years. This underrated lead guitarist then became a founding figure of the supergroup Bad Company and has remained at the helm throughout its turbulent history. In 1984 Ralphs released Take This!, a low-key solo album, before resuming his role in the parent unit he has done much to fashion and maintain.