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The Sweet's Andy Scott remembers Mick Tucker
Mick Tucker 1947-2002
Sweet drummer Mick Tucker who died on February 14th 2002. (images courtesy Home SWEET Home)
Almost five years to the day since the death of lead singer Brian Connolly, another member of the 1970s’ glam-rock band The Sweet has died.

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Mick Tucker died in hospital in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, on Thursday 14th February after a five-year battle against leukaemia.

The Sweet came together in 1966, when drummer Mick Tucker and vocalist Brian Francis Connolly played together in Wainwright's Gentlemen.

Some of their biggest hits include Hell Raiser, Ballroom Blitz and Love is Like Oxygen.

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Drummer Mick Tucker lost his five-year battle against leukaemia on Valentines Day at the age of 54.

One of two surviving members of the band, guitarist Andy Scott, has lived in Wiltshire for the past eleven years.

BBC Wiltshire Sound’s Dan Chisholm caught up with him to share memories of Mick Tucker: the man and musician.

Click here to listen to the interview

It is anticipated that many stars from the world of rock music will attend Mick Tucker’s funeral which will take place on Monday 25th February.

BBC Wiltshire Sound’s Dan Chisholm writes:

Andy Scott and I had been planning for several weeks to meet up for a meal last Friday evening following his recent radio programmes for BBC Wiltshire Sound.

When he rang on Valentines Day to break the news just hours after Mick’s death, I could barely take it in.

The Sweet were the first band I saw live back in 1973 .. and I can still recall the gig as if it were yesterday. I remember this huge drum-kit which Mick Tucker sat behind. He seemed to play the impossible, a fantastic showman twirling his drumsticks like a majorette with a baton. To me he was the most under-rated drummer in the world of rock.

The Sweet
The Sweet: One of the leading bands of the early 1970s


I never got over the fact that when the music critics talk about great drummers, they always mentioned Keith Moon, Carl Palmer, Cozy Powell and others - but rarely Mick Tucker.

Although he hadn’t played with Andy Scott for a few years now, the Wiltshire-based guitarist told me they were best mates in the band and remained in touch. And he insisted we went ahead with our planned meal, stressing that we should raise a glass to absent friends because "Mick would’ve liked that."

After the years of pleasure the band gave me, a decent bottle of champagne was the least I could do. I never met Mick Tucker, but he sure made a massive musical contribution to my life.

Cheers "Man With The Golden Arms" - thanks for such wonderful memories. My thoughts are with your family.



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