Fiftieth anniversary for David Bowie album featuring Hull legends Spiders from Mars
David Bowie is one of the most iconic musicians of our time and it was with Hull musicians The Spiders From Mars that his wildly popular Ziggy Stardust album was created.
Thursday (June 16) is the 50th anniversary of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars which catapulted Bowie to superstardom after the disappointing reception to his previous works. Songs on the 1972 record were some of his best-loved, such as Starman and Moonage Daydream.
Rolling Stone magazine heaped praise on legendary Hull guitarist Mick Ronson for his performance on Moonage Daydream in a 2013 Bowie feature. They wrote: "The song features some of the most jaw-dropping guitar work of Mick Ronson's career, and his solo grew to epic proportions during the endless tour in support of the album."
Other Spiders from Mars band members were fellow Hullensian Trevor Bolder on bass guitar and Mick "Woody" Woodmansey, from Driffield, on drums. They went on the work with Bowie on his 6th studio album Aladdin Sane which featured The Jean Genie as a lead single.
Fans of Bowie and the Spiders from Mars shared memories of the Ziggy Stardust record today. Writing on Twitter, many said it was deservedly regarded as one of the greatest rock albums of all time.
One person said: "Happy 50th anniversary to The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars by David Bowie R.I.P. Bowie Ronson and Mick Rock for their role in the mythology of this album."
Praising Moonage Daydream in particular, another music lover wrote: "Abit of this I think for me the best song on the album with great guitar playing by the late very great Mick Ronson."
A third reminisced: "Ziggy Stardust turns 50 today...it was great to see Bowie & Ronson that one last time at the Freddie Mercury tribute in April '92."
According to Hull drummer John Cambridge, Bowie came to Hull in 1970 to get a cheap deal for having his car serviced. He was said to have brought along his wife Angie and visited a number of pubs, including the Gardeners Arms in Hull and the Railway Inn in New Ellerby.
Earlier this year, Blondie paid tribute to Ronson when they played at Hull's Bonus Area. Debbie Harry told ecstatic fans the band were dedicating the performance to him.
A sculpture of a guitar dedicated to Ronson was unveiled in Hull's East Park in 2017. It pays tribute to him as both a songwriter and performer and features his family's favourite works.