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A one-time member of Mott The Hoople has died. says singer-guitarist Steve Hyams had been suffering from heart problems for the past several years, and passed away at the age of 62. 

Steve joined Mott briefly in 1977, and is featured on six tracks on the album World Cruise.  But founding Mott frontman Ian Hunter says Steve became the group's friend years earlier.  He recalls that in 1969, when Mott the Hoople began, Steve was working in a record store.  He says Steve was "an astute listener and his taste was faultless." 

Hunter adds that when Hyams launched his own career, "he got into music and he's done some seriously good stuff."  Ian admits that he "would have been really happy" if Steve had joined Mott in 1974 as his direct replacement in the group.  He adds that Steve was "unique," and calls him the "one that got away." 

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