If you’re a fan of David Bowie. You will also be familiar with the name of Mick Ronson, a talented musician who became an integral part in the success of Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust album, where he provided string arrangements and other instrumentation, as well as lead guitar.
Nineteen years ago, on the 29th April 1993, Mick passed away from liver cancer. He was only 46. I wanted to pay him homage, for he deserves to be remembered.
After Bowie, he went on to record two solo albums and worked with Ian Hunter and Bob Dylan. In 1992, he produced Morrissey’s Your Arsenal solo album.
In an 1994 interview, Bowie said this about him: ‘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.’
His work can be heard on Bowie’s The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Aladdin Sane, and Pin Ups. In 1993, he reunited with Bowie for the Black Tie White Noise album.
If you’ve stumbled upon this blog and want to know more about Mick Ronson, be sure to check his official website here. Remember the man and his music.
A few videos below:
Moonage Daydream – Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars from 1973 at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. Featuring a mind-blowing solo from Mick.
Once Bitten Twice Shy – with Ian Hunter – 1975
I’d Give Anything to See You – Mick Ronson