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Monday, April 29 2013

Mick Ronson (Possibly the first Morman rockstar) passed away on this day in 1993. 

Ronson was a guitarist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer, best known for his work with David Bowie.  Ronson was a busy session musician who recorded with artists as diverse as Bowie and Morrissey, as well as engagements as a sideman in touring bands with performers such as Van Morrison and John Mellencamp.

Ronson and Bowie parted ways following the infamous "Farewell Concert" in 1973 ( Bowie announced to the audience this was the bands final show, without first notifying the band)

In 1974, Ronson secured the #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.

Ronson died of liver cancer on 29 April 1993 at the age of 46. His funeral was held in a Mormon chapel in London on 6 May. In his memory, the Mick Ronson Memorial Stage was constructed in Queens Gardens in his hometown of Hull. There is also a street named after him on Bilton Grange Estate, not far from where he lived.

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John Nelson is a Seattle area voice actor and broadcaster with extensive experience voicing commercials, video games and corporate videos