Mick Ronson
English guitarist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and record producer
Mick Ronson
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.
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3:01 Pick Me Up: Suede - Straight.com (Blogs) (blog)
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Besides stealing Mick Ronson's guitar tone (always a capitol idea), Suede also embodied the timeless quality of louche English decadence passed along from Oscar Wilde and on through Marc Bolan like an indestructible strand of brandy flavoured protein
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· Interview: The Waterboys talk to Skiddle ahead of Ramsbottom Festival - Skiddle.com
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Mick Ronson, the great guitarist from Hull is one of the greatest lead players I've heard. Man, there are so many groovy players that've inspired me. Fiddlers like Kevin Burke and Stephan Grappelli, Hornplayers like Charlie Parker, Miles Davis,
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The iPod of the Hurricane: Songs for a Windy Weekend - New Yorker (blog)
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But if it's Irenes you want, why not try out this Ian Hunter love song, here performed live with Mick Ronson. 8. Bob Dylan, “Ballad in Plain D”: It's easy to pick a Dylan song, but hard to pick the right one. Not “Hurricane”: it's not about weather
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Michael Chapman at the Frazer Theatre in Knaresborough - Harrogate News
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With a discography stretching back over 40 years and over 30 ( it could be nearer 40 ) albums his recordings have featured Mick Ronson, Rick Kemp, Nigel Pegrum and Maddy Prior of Steeleye Span, BJ Cole, Keef Hartley, Bridget St John, Prelude and Rod
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Auto Loans Site Responds to Fall Car Financing Forecast - Online PR News (press release)
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That is why we've recruited Mr. Rick Leal, an economist who occasionally does consulting for AutoLoans.com, to author a piece addressing whether such concerns are warranted,” said Mick Ronson, spokesman for the site. Generally, the new piece reassures
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Il programma della 13aFESTA DELLA BIRRA (26-27-28 AGOSTO 2011) FABRICA DI ROMA ... - Civita News
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La sua attività non si ferma però entro i confini italiani: nel 1985 infatti si trasferisce a Londra perseguire un progetto che lo porta a suonare con Mick Ronson, storico chitarrista di David Bowie.A metà degli anni novanta ha inizio la lunga
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David Bowie's Return to Music Would Take a 'Miracle,' Says Biographer - Ultimate Classic Rock
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We recently took a space age look at Bowie's “mysteriously intriguing lyrics” for 'Moonage Daydream' as well as the importance of his musical interplay with guitarist Mick Ronson, in a special Lyrics Uncovered story
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Search Past 7 days Archives - Boston Herald (blog)
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Anyway, guitarist Mick Ronson's crunch is perfect for vinyl's sonics, as is the dreamy “Life on Mars?” 3. “Some Girls” - The Rolling Stones — Faux-country ballad “Far Away Eyes” was made for vinyl. Mick wanted the tune to sound like a distant
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Kevin Bryan's record reviews - Halesowen News
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Mick Ronson,"Heaven and Hull" (Lemon CDLEM 193)- This strangely poignant collection served as Mick Ronson's musical epitaph, as it was released a year after his untimely death from liver cancer in 1993. The project found the Hull born guitarist working
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Mick Ronson Lost His Soul-Mate With Amy Winehouse Death - Undercover Music News
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By Music-News.com Mark Ronson has lost his 'musical soulmate', as tributes pour in following the death of Amy Winehouse. The 35-year-old music producer created most of the late 27-year-old's Grammy-winning album Back to Black
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Journey impresses capacity crowd in Irvine - OCRegister
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The highly satisfying Can't Slow Down, their first studio album together (from 2009), was co-produced by Jones, Aerosmith collaborator Marti Frederiksen and Mick Ronson. Like Journey's Revelation, it was initially available exclusively at Walmart in
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Teen idols remain in our hearts, and memories - Plain Dealer (blog)
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In the '70s, Teen Magazine ran a profile on Mick Ronson and included a flexi-disc sampler from his album, "Slaughter on 10th Avenue." Since he was one of David Bowie's Spiders From Mars and [was in] Mott the Hoople, he was pretty outrageous at the time
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'David Bowie' - New York Times
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But then as his friends Trevor, Woody, and Mick Ronson clatter into action with a rollicking drumroll and throaty guitar, the camera pulls back and David Bowie meets its gaze unflinchingly. His look is lascivious, amused; as an audience of excited
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Auto Loans Site Poll Finds Increased Lender Participation - Online PR News (press release)
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Truly, this year is one of the best in history to buy a new car, and our latest statistics corroborate that fact,” said Auto Loans spokesman Mick Ronson. The lenders that responded to the poll reported that they were loaning more and more money even to
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Annette Peacock: I'm The One – review - The Guardian
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... brought this seismically influential session out in 1972 – its synth-warped banshee vocals, morphed jazz ballads, Motown grooving and squelchy electronics were to touch many jazz and pop artists in that decade, most David Bowie and Mick Ronson
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Lieutenant Facemelter in Training for Air Guitar Championship - San Diego Reader (blog)
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Mick Ronson, Bowie's lead guitarist, was in truly rare form. When he launched into that first solo on “Life on Mars” you can just barely hear a female voice in the audience seeming to yell “Yeah!!!” but she was in fact yelling “Yarghhh!
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mick Ronson
    FORTIES
  • 1993
    Age 46
    Ronson's final recorded session was as a guest on the 1993 Wildhearts album Earth vs the Wildhearts, where he played the guitar solo on the song "My Baby is a Headfuck".
    More Details Hide Details Ronson was born in Beverley Road, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, in 1946, and later moved to Greatfield, Hull. He was the first son of George and Minnie Ronson and had two younger siblings, Maggi and David. Ronson was married to Suzanne Fussey; they had a daughter, Lisa, a former vocalist with The Secret History. Ronson had two sons, Nicholas (born 1971) with his girlfriend Denise, as well as another son, Joakim (born 1990) with Carola Westerlund.
    In 1993, he again appeared on a Bowie album, Black Tie White Noise, playing on the track "I Feel Free", originally recorded by Cream.
    More Details Hide Details Ronson and Bowie had already covered this track live 20 years earlier, whilst touring as Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. He also played lead guitar on the Morrissey-penned "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday". His second and third solo albums were Play Don't Worry in 1975, and Heaven and Hull in 1994. The latter set was only partly completed at the time of Ronson's death, and was released posthumously. Artists involved with the album included Bowie, John Mellencamp, Joe Elliott, Ian Hunter, Chrissie Hynde, and Martin Chambers. Besides Bowie and Hunter, Ronson went on to work as a musician, songwriter and record producer with many other acts including Slaughter & The Dogs (who took their name from the Ronson album Slaughter on 10th Avenue), Morrissey, The Wildhearts, the Rich Kids, Elton John, One the Juggler, John Mellencamp, T-Bone Burnett, Dalbello, Benny Mardones, Iron City Houserockers and the Italian band Moda. He did not restrict his influence behind the recording desk to just established acts. His production work appears on albums by more obscure artists, such as Payolas, Phil Rambow and Los Illegals and The Mundanes. Ronson produced The Visible Targets, a Seattle, Washington-based group, on their 1983 five track EP, "Autistic Savant".
  • 1992
    Age 45
    In 1992 he produced Morrissey's album, Your Arsenal.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, Ronson's final high-profile live performance was his appearance at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. He played on "All the Young Dudes" with Bowie and Hunter; and "Heroes" with Bowie.
  • 1991
    Age 44
    In 1991, Ronson produced the Swedish cult band The Leather Nun's album, Nun Permanent, adding backing vocals and guitar overdubs on several tracks.
    More Details Hide Details At the end of the production, during a short visit to his sister in London, Ronson was diagnosed with cancer.
  • 1987
    Age 40
    In 1987, Ronson made an appearance on a record by The Toll.
    More Details Hide Details Ronson played lead on the band's song, "Stand in Winter", from the album The Price of Progression.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1982
    Age 35
    In 1982, he participated on lead guitar in a short-lived band with Hilly Michaels on drums and Les Fradkin on bass guitar.
    More Details Hide Details One of their recordings from this group, "Spare Change", appeared on the Fradkin's 2006 album, Goin' Back.
    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'.
    More Details Hide Details Mick was very instrumental in helping me arrange that song, as I'd thrown it on the junk heap. Ronson came down and played on three or four tracks and worked on the American Fool record for four or five weeks. All of a sudden, for 'Jack & Diane', Mick said 'Johnny, you should put baby rattles on there.' I thought, 'What the fuck does put baby rattles on the record mean? So he put the percussion on there and then he sang the part 'let it rock, let it roll' as a choir-ish-type thing, which had never occurred to me. And that is the part everybody remembers on the song. It was Ronson's idea." (John Mellencamp, Classic Rock magazine, January 2008, p.61) Both "Jack & Diane" and American Fool topped their respective US Billboard charts. Ronson was recruited to Midge Ure's band for Ure's Gift tour in 1985. After weeks of rehearsal, Ronson left the band due to financial disagreements and was replaced by Zal Cleminson.
  • 1979
    Age 32
    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".
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  • 1977
    Age 30
    Roger Daltrey employed Ronson's guitar on his 1977 solo release One of the Boys.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1976
    Age 29
    Ronson contributed guitar to the title track of the 1976 David Cassidy release Getting It in the Street.
    More Details Hide Details On 11 February 1977 the single "Billy Porter" (b/w "Seven Days") was released on RCA Victor Records, but did not chart.
  • 1974
    Age 27
    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.
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  • 1973
    Age 26
    After leaving Bowie's entourage after the "Farewell Concert" in 1973, Ronson released three solo albums.
    More Details Hide Details His solo debut Slaughter on 10th Avenue, featured a version of Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender", as well as Ronson's most famous solo track, "Only After Dark". In addition, his sister, Margaret (Maggi) Ronson, provided the backing vocals for the set. Between this and the 1975 follow-up, Ronson had a short-lived stint with Mott the Hoople. He then became a long-time collaborator with Mott's former leader Ian Hunter, commencing with the album Ian Hunter (UK No. 21) and featuring the UK Singles Chart No. 14 hit "Once Bitten, Twice Shy", including a spell touring as the Hunter Ronson Band. In 1980, the live album Welcome to the Club was released, including a couple of Ronson contributions, although it also contained a few studio-based tracks – one of which was a Hunter/Ronson composition.
    His guitar work was next heard on Bowie's Aladdin Sane and 1973 covers album Pin Ups.
    More Details Hide Details However, he was absent from the subsequent Diamond Dogs album. In September 1983 he was a special guest at the Toronto leg of the Serious Moonlight Tour, playing lead guitar during the performance of "The Jean Genie". He had only been asked to play the day before, and later recalled: Bowie said in a 1994 interview that "Mick was the perfect foil for the Ziggy character. He was very much a salt-of-the-earth type, the blunt northerner with a defiantly masculine personality, so that what you got was the old-fashioned Yin and Yang thing. As a rock duo, I thought we were every bit as good as Mick and Keith or Axl and Slash. Ziggy and Mick were the personification of that rock n roll dualism."
  • 1972
    Age 25
    Ronson appeared on the 1972 country rock album Bustin' Out by Pure Prairie League, where he undertook string ensemble arrangements and contributed guitar and vocals on several tracks, most notably "Angel #9", which Ronson recorded for his second solo LP Play Don't Worry.
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    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".
    More Details Hide Details Again with Bowie, he re-recorded and produced the track "The Man Who Sold the World" for Lulu, released as a single in the UK, and played on a few tracks on the Dana Gillespie album Weren't Born a Man.
  • 1970
    Age 23
    In April 1970, Ronson, Woodmansey, and Visconti started recording Bowie's The Man Who Sold the World album.
    More Details Hide Details During the sessions for The Man Who Sold the World, the trio of Ronson, Visconti, and Woodmansey – still under The Hype moniker – signed to Vertigo Records. The group recruited Benny Marshall from The Rats as vocalist, and entered the studio to record an album. By the time a single appeared, The Hype had been renamed Ronno. "4th Hour of My Sleep" was released on Vertigo to an indifferent reception in January 1971. The song was written by Tucker Zimmerman. The B-side was a Ronson/Marshall composition called "Powers of Darkness". The Ronno album was never completed. Bowie's backing ensemble, which now included Trevor Bolder who had replaced Visconti on bass guitar and keyboardist Rick Wakeman, were used in the recording of Hunky Dory. The departure of Visconti also meant that Ronson, with Bowie, took over the arrangements, while Ken Scott co-produced with Bowie. Hunky Dory featured Ronson's string arrangements on several tracks, including "Life On Mars? ".
    Early in 1970, John Cambridge came back to Hull in search of Ronson, intent upon recruiting him for a new David Bowie backing band called The Hype.
    More Details Hide Details He found Ronson marking out a rugby pitch, one of his duties as a Parks Department gardener for Hull City Council. Having failed in his earlier attempts in London, Ronson was reluctant, but eventually agreed to accompany Cambridge to a meeting with Bowie. Two days later, on 5 February, Ronson made his debut with Bowie on John Peel's national BBC Radio 1 show. The Hype played their first gig at The Roundhouse on 22 February with a line-up that included Bowie, Ronson, Cambridge, and producer/bassist Tony Visconti. The group dressed up in superhero costumes, with Bowie as Rainbowman, Visconti as Hypeman, Ronson as Gangsterman, and Cambridge as Cowboyman. Also on the bill that day were Bachdenkel, The Groundhogs and Caravan. The following day they performed at the Streatham Arms in London under the pseudonym of 'Harry The Butcher'. They also performed on 28 February at the Basildon Arts Lab experimental music club at the Basildon Arts Centre in Essex, billed as 'David Bowie's New Electric Band'. Also on the bill were High Tide, Overson and Iron Butterfly. Strawbs were due to perform but were replaced by Bowie's New Electric Band. John Cambridge left in March, again replaced by Woody Woodmansey.
    In March 1970, during the recording sessions for Elton John's album Tumbleweed Connection, Ronson played guitar on the track "Madman Across the Water".
    More Details Hide Details This song however was not included in the original release. The recording featuring Ronson was released on the 1992 compilation album, Rare Masters, and the 1995 reissue of Tumbleweed Connection.
  • 1968
    Age 21
    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".
    More Details Hide Details When John Cambridge left The Rats to join his former Hullaballoos bandmate Mick Wayne in Junior's Eyes, he was replaced by Mick "Woody" Woodmansey. In November 1969, the band recorded a final session at Fairview, taping "Telephone Blues" and "Early in Spring".
  • TEENAGE
  • 1966
    Age 19
    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).
    More Details Hide Details The group played the local circuit, and made a few unsuccessful trips to London and Paris. In 1967 The Rats recorded the one-off psychedelic track, "The Rise and Fall of Bernie Gripplestone" at Fairview Studios in Willerby, East Riding of Yorkshire and can be heard on the 2008 release, Front Room Masters – Fairview Studios 1966–1973. 1968 saw the band change their name briefly to Treacle and book another recording session at Fairview Studios in 1969, before reverting to their original name. Around this time, Ronson was recommended by Rick Kemp to play guitar on Michael Chapman's Fully Qualified Survivor album.
  • 1965
    Age 18
    In 1965, Ronson left The Crestas, moving to London to seek work.
    More Details Hide Details He took a part-time job as a mechanic, and joined a band called The Voice, replacing Miller Anderson. Soon afterwards, Crestas' drummer Dave Bradfield travelled to London, replacing the Voice's previous drummer. After playing a few dates with the group, Ronson and Bradfield returned from a weekend in Hull to find their gear piled at their flat and a note explaining that the rest of the group had gone to The Bahamas. Ronson stayed in London and teamed up briefly with a soul band called The Wanted, before eventually returning to Hull.
  • 1963
    Age 16
    He joined his first band, The Mariners, in November 1963, when he was 17.
    More Details Hide Details His stage debut with The Mariners was in support of the Keith Herd Band at Brough Village Hall, a gig for which the band travelled 35 miles and got paid 10 shillings (50p). While Ronson was working with The Mariners, another local Hull group – The Crestas – recruited him on the advice of The Mariners' bassist John Griffiths. With Ronson on board the Crestas gained a solid reputation, making regular appearances at local halls: Mondays at the Halfway House in Hull, Thursdays at the Ferryboat Hotel, Fridays at the Regal Ballroom in Beverley, and Sundays at the Duke of Cumberland in North Ferriby.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1946
    Born
    Michael Ronson was born in Kingston upon Hull in 1946.
    More Details Hide Details He was the first son of George and Minnie Ronson and had two younger siblings, Maggi and David. As a child he was trained classically to play piano, recorder, violin, and (later) the harmonium. He initially wanted to be a cellist, but moved to guitar upon discovering the music of Duane Eddy, whose sound on the bass notes of his guitar sounded to Ronson similar to that of the cello.
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