If Mick Ronson were still with us, he would have turned 71 years old today. Some of you may not be familiar with him. Mick received his first real fame as David Bowie’s guitarist (The Spiders From Mars). Along with David, Mick worked as a producer on several albums. Here is a quick list of some of the artists Mick has worked with besides Bowie:
Mott the Hoople
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. Watch Mick play some of his songs here: https://youtu.be/gYL-WRqBehs // https://youtu.be/dFQnIU3lkBQ
His influence as a producer is described here by John Mellencamp: “I owe Mick Ronson the hit song, Jack & Diane. 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.”
Mick passed away on April 29, 1993 from liver cancer. He created an incredible body of work. Wish you were still here.