Bowie Fuels Ronson
26 January 1974
Mick Ronson is following in the footsteps of David Bowie and is set to do two dates at London's Rainbow next month.
He will play the theatre on February 22 and 23, and it's expected that Bowie, for whom he's been back-up man and guitarist in the past two years, will be on stage with him.
Thus, Ronson, who's managed by Mainman, the same company as Bowie, becomes the centre of a large campaign designed to establish him as a solo artist in his own right.
His first solo single, the Elvis Presley song 'Love Me Tender,' is released this Friday (January 25), and it's to be followed in February by an album whose working title so far is 'Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.'
Mainman and RCS are so anxious to make him a star that copies of the album are being rushed from the States so that the release date coincides. And it's highly likely that a tour of the provinces will follow the London dates.
This tour was apparently arranged before Christmas, but it had to be pulled out because of insufficient organisation.
Bowie has had a large hand in Ronson's career building. He has written three of the six lyrics on the album.
The track listings are: 'Growing Up And I'm So Fine,' a Bowie song; 'Pleasure Man' (Ronson and S. Richardson); 'I'm The One' (Annette Peacock); 'Music is Lethal' (music by L. Batisti, English lyrics by Bowie); 'Hey Ma, Get Papa' (Ronson/Bowie); 'Slaughter on Tenth Avenue' (a four minute instrumental); and 'Only After Dark' (Ronson and S. Richardson). The last track is also on the flip of his new single. See singles reviews, page 14.
MICK RONSON 'Love me Tender' (RCA)
Bah! What noisome stench is this! (Whispers) Ah, all has been explained. It is rising new star Mick Ronson, for whom wondrous events have been prophesied, on the old Elvis rockaballad. The arrangement, though, is a trifle tortured and, methinks, the voice is undergoing painful strangulations. A most unusual interpretation, one which will send our local bully-boy, Ronald Catsmeat, reaching for his butcher's hook. 'Tish,' interposes Bert Gillins, famous radio personality and author of The Pop Years. 'Ronno, as he's known in the trade, has a pleasing countenance and a kind voice, and he more than gives the Guv'nor a run for his money.' I predict a hit. At the worst, a miss.