David Bowie (1947 – 2016, left) performing with guitarist Mick Ronson (1946 1993) at a live recording of ‘The 1980 Floor Show’ for the NBC ‘Midnight Special’ TV show, at The Marquee Club in London, with a specially invited audience of Bowie fanclub members, 20th October 1973. (Photo by Jack Kay/Daily Express/Getty Images)

On April 29, 1993, the music world lost a true icon with the passing of Mick Ronson, the guitarist best known for his influential work alongside David Bowie during the Ziggy Stardust era. Ronson’s death at the age of 46 from liver cancer marked the end of a remarkable career that left an indelible mark on the landscape of rock music.

Mick Ronson first rose to prominence as the lead guitarist for David Bowie’s band, The Spiders from Mars, during the early 1970s. His distinctive guitar playing and flamboyant stage presence played a pivotal role in shaping the sound and aesthetic of Bowie’s groundbreaking album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Ronson’s iconic riffs on tracks like “Starman” and “Suffragette City” helped define the glam rock era and solidified his status as one of rock’s premier guitarists.

Beyond his collaboration with Bowie, Ronson enjoyed a successful career as a solo artist, producer, and collaborator with various artists across genres. His work with artists such as Lou Reed, Morrissey, and Ian Hunter showcased his versatility and musical prowess, earning him widespread acclaim from both critics and fans alike.

Despite his untimely death, Mick Ronson’s influence continues to resonate in the world of music. His innovative approach to the guitar and his fearless experimentation with sound continue to inspire generations of musicians, cementing his legacy as one of rock’s most revered figures.

As fans and fellow musicians reflect on the anniversary of Mick Ronson’s passing, his contributions to the world of music are celebrated and remembered fondly. Though he may be gone, his music lives on, serving as a timeless reminder of his talent, creativity, and enduring impact on the world of rock and roll.