Mick Ronson

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British multi-instrumentalist (but best known for the guitar), composer, arranger, and producer.

As a child he learnt to play the piano, recorder, violin, harmonium, before moving on to the guitar. In November 1963, he joined his first band called The Mariners, aged 17. They were followed by The Crestas, whom he left in 1965 and moved to London. There he joined The Voice (8), but this proved untimely as they were disbanded a short time later. Next was a soul band called The Wanted, but this was also short-lived and he moved back to Hull.

In 1966, he joined The Rats who changed their name to Treacle in 1968. Then in 1970 he was asked to join the David Bowie backing band The Hype, and on 5th February 1970 he made his debut for Bowie playing on his Peel Sessions, recorded for the BBC's Radio 1. The backing band began to record their own music and would go on to release in their own right. Ronson also started to work with Bowie on the arrangements, as well as arranging and producing for other artists. He ceased working with David Bowie in 1973, and began concentrating on his solo work and producing. He was for a short time a member of Mott The Hoople and had a band called The Hunter Ronson Band with Ian Hunter.

Though he died in London, he was buried in Eastern Cemetery in his hometown.

Born: 26th May 1946, in Kingston Upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. Died: 29th April 1993, In Kensington & Chelsea, London, England.

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Michael Ronson (26 May 1946 – 29 April 1993) was an English musician, songwriter, arranger, and producer. He achieved critical and commercial success working with David Bowie as the guitarist of the Spiders from Mars. He was a session musician who recorded five studio albums with Bowie followed by four with Ian Hunter, and also worked as a sideman in touring bands with Van Morrison and Bob Dylan. A classically trained musician, Ronson was known for his melodic approach to guitar playing. Ronson and Bowie produced Lou Reed's Transformer with Ronson playing lead guitar and piano and writing string arrangements, which brought mainstream recognition. The album is considered an influential landmark of the glam rock genre, anchored by Reed's most successful single, "Walk on the Wild Side". The next decade, John Cougar Mellencamp credited Ronson for helping to arrange his most successful hit single, "Jack & Diane". Ronson recorded five solo studio albums, the most popular being Slaughter on 10th Avenue, which reached No. 9 on the UK Albums Chart. He played with various bands after his time with Bowie. He was named the 64th-greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone in 2003 and 41st in 2012 by the same magazine.