Mick Ronson

Guitarist + Songwriter + Multi-instrumentalist + Arranger and Record Producer
Born May 26, 1946

Michael "Mick" Ronson was an English guitarist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer. He is best known for his work with David Bowie, as one of The Spiders from Mars. Ronson was a busy session musician who recorded with artists as diverse as Bowie and Morrissey, as well as engagements as a sideman in touring bands with performers such as Van Morrison.… Read More

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1946 Birth Michael Ronson was born in Kingston upon Hull in 1946. … Read More


1963 17 Years Old He joined his first band, The Mariners, in November 1963, when he was 17. … Read More
1965 19 Years Old In 1965, Ronson left The Crestas, moving to London to seek work. … Read More


1966 20 Years Old In 1966, he joined Hull's top local band, The Rats, joining singer Benny Marshall, bassist Geoff Appleby, and drummer Jim Simpson (who was subsequently replaced by Clive Taylor and then John Cambridge). … Read More
1968 22 Years Old In 1968 Keith 'Ched' Cheesman joined The Rats replacing Geoff Appleby on bass and the line up of Ronson, Marshall, Cheesman and Cambridge entered Fairview studio to record "Guitar Boogie", "Stop and Get A Hold of Myself" and "Morning Dew". … Read More
In March 1970, during the recording sessions for Elton John's album Tumbleweed Connection, Ronson played guitar on the track "Madman Across the Water". … Read More
1972 26 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1972 Ronson provided a strings-and-brass arrangement for the song "Sea Diver" on the Bowie-produced All the Young Dudes album for Mott the Hoople, and co-produced Lou Reed's album Transformer with Bowie, playing lead guitar and piano on the song "Perfect Day". … Read More
1973 27 Years Old 1 More Event
His guitar work was next heard on Bowie's Aladdin Sane and 1973 covers album Pin Ups. … Read More
1974 28 Years Old In 1974, Ronson secured the No. 2 spot from a reader's poll in Creem magazine as the best guitarist that year (with Jimmy Page taking first place), and Eric Clapton in third place after Ronson.


1976 30 Years Old Ronson contributed guitar to the title track of the 1976 David Cassidy release Getting It in the Street. … Read More
1977 31 Years Old Roger Daltrey employed Ronson's guitar on his 1977 solo release One of the Boys.
1979 33 Years Old In 1979, Ronson and Hunter produced and played on the Ellen Foley debut album, Night Out, with "We Belong to the Night" and the hit single "What's a Matter Baby".
1982 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1982, Ronson worked with John Mellencamp on his American Fool album, and in particular the song "Jack & Diane": "I owe Mick Ronson the hit song 'Jack & Diane'. … Read More


1987 41 Years Old In 1987, Ronson made an appearance on a record by The Toll. … Read More
1991 45 Years Old In 1991, Ronson produced the Swedish cult band The Leather Nun's album, Nun Permanent, adding backing vocals and guitar overdubs on several tracks. … Read More
1992 46 Years Old In 1992 he produced Morrissey's album, Your Arsenal. … Read More
In 1993, he again appeared on a Bowie album, Black Tie White Noise, playing on the track "I Feel Free", originally recorded by Cream. … Read More
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