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Hull Daily Mail
January 17, 1975

HULL-BORN rock star Mick Ronson is tipped as a likely replacement for guitarist Mick Taylor in the Rolling Stones.

A national pop music paper gives the top rating to 28-year-old Ronson, once a gardener with Hull Parks Department, after looking at 10 of the world's rock guitarists.

The Stones have been searching for a new member since Taylor, who replaced the late Bryan Jones in 1969, announced he was quitting last month.

The Melody Maker says that if he got the job, Ronson has the looks and the talent to initiate a Rolling Stones renaissance.

But it adds he could threaten lead singer Mick Jagger's role as 'Queen Bee' in the group.

At his home at 8 Milford-grove, Greatfield Estate, Mr. George Ronson said last night: 'We knew there were rumours that he might be joining the Roling Stones.

'But he has not said anything to us and as far as we know he's in London just now doing some studio work.'

If he does become the new 'Stone' it will be the latest chapter in a success story which has made him Hull's best-known pop star.

He slogged as guitarist with 'The Rats' in the city for three years before joining superstar David Bowie's group five years ago.

Since splitting with Bowie he has recorded two solo albums and played with Mott the Hoople, which disbanded late last year.

It is understood that Mick is at present working on recording sessions with American rock artist Lou Reed and the former 'Hoople' leader Ian Hunter.

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