David Bowie turned 65 today, and that's awesome. The guy's a music legend, one of the most artistic rockers ever, and no one can say anything bad about him when I'm around.
But while realizing how cool it was that Bowie had reached that milestone, I started to think back to what it was that drew me to his music in the first place, and I got a bit down. Just as much as Bowie's incredible songwriting and vocals, it was the guitar playing of his platinum-blonde sideman, Mick Ronson, that made me run out and buy early-'70s glam-rock masterworks like Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane and play them all night long.
I also adored the music that "Ronno" recorded with my other big hero from the '70s, ex-Mott the Hoople mainman Ian Hunter. I'll never forget seeing them at Vancouver's 86 Street Music Hall in late '89, just before the release of their grossly overlooked YUI Orta album. Four years later--on April 29, 1993--Ronson died from liver cancer at the age of 46.
So while I'm mixing up Black Russians today and toasting Bowie's 65th birthday I'll also be raising a glass to Ronson, who would have been 65 last year. Here's a few choice clips to help you do the same.
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