2013 ➤ Remembering why Mick Ronson’s talent deserves to be celebrated

David Bowie, Mick Ronson

The day they signed to RCA, 1971: David Bowie and Mick Ronson in New York

➢ Tonight April 1: Songwriter Gary Kemp marks the
20th anniversary of the death of “the man who rode shotgun to Ziggy”– 10pm, BBC Radio 2, then on iPlayer

“That’s my Jeff Beck” – David Bowie after hearing
Ronson playing in The Hype, 1970

❏ Mick rose to fame as lead guitarist and music arranger on David Bowie’s albums, the missing link in creating the Bowie sound – those signature riffs. “As a guitar god, Ronno inspired a whole generation of guitarists,” says Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp. Mick was a born collaborator and all-round nice guy, and his amazing ability for interpreting and arranging songs soon found him in demand from some of the biggest names in rock, starting with Lou Reed on his album Transformer. Another outstanding Ten Alps documentary (worth hearing over a hifi system) sees a stellar cast of musicians including Chrissie Hynde, Tony Visconti, Ian Hunter, Trevor Bolder and Woody Woodmansey explaining why Mick is such an important figure in British rock’n’roll, while Kemp narrates… In 1992, diagnosed with cancer, Mick produced Morrissey’s album, Your Arsenal. The same year, Ronno’s final live performance was playing All the Young Dudes at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert.

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