Morrissey - Morrissey: 'Mick Ronson Saved My Career'

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Singer Morrissey has credited David Bowie's late guitarist Mick Ronson with saving his career after The Smiths split up.

The Suedehead hitmaker reached number one in the British charts with his debut solo album Viva Hate but the follow-up, 1991's Kill Uncle, failed to emulate its success, garnering lacklustre reviews and barely scraping into the top 10.

With his career on the ropes, the rocker called in Ronson to produce his third album Your Arsenal the following year (92) - and the glam rock veteran's work on the record was widely praised by critics and helped earn a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album.

Now Morrissey has spoken out to share his memories of Ronson, who died from liver cancer in 1993, and thank him for giving his career the boost it badly needed.

He tells Britain's Uncut magazine, "I'd released a slightly pallid Lp, Kill Uncle, and I knew that one more similar slip and I'd be rightly hanged on a hook through the tongue. Mick saved me... He took me aside one night and said, 'You realise your drummer can't actually play?' and I said, 'Yes. But it isn't always a problem.' Mick could have used this as a stick to beat me with, but his only instinct was to save all of us - drummer included - from the snake pit. There wasn't a single moment when Mick wasn't patient and understanding, we all absolutely loved him."


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I have been campaigning since 2008 to have Mick Ronson inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame", Cleveland, Ohio in appreciation of his contribution to music, as a brilliant guitarist, a writer of amazing arrangements ('Perfect Day' 'Life On Mars' etc) a skilled producer (Morrissey 'Your Arsenal' Lou Reed 'Transformer' etc) and for being the absolute sideman to Bowie, Dylan, Van Morrison, Lou Reed, Ian Hunter, T-Bone Burnett, etc, the list reads like a who's who of Modern music. It is the 'Musical Excellence' category within the HOF that I am aiming to have Mick inducted into http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/ronno/ David Bowie has written a personal letter to the HOF backing the campaign and nominating Mick for induction. The campaign is backed my many of Micks family and over 4,000 fans. Colin Blades (A band I once managed, Foreign Press, gave The Smiths their second ever gig after receiving a written plea, Thank you Moz for returning the favour - albeit unaware)

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