How I Managed To Catch Some of Ziggy’s Stardust, Part 4

May 22, 2013 | 7:00 AM

Mick got along so well with The Payola’s, he ended up touring with them. In between dates, he taught Bob Rock about production.

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Bob (center) with Mick (right)

Bob was an enthusiastic and talented student, and while The Payolas only put out a few more albums together with many years between each release, Bob’s engineering and producing talents launched him into the stratosphere of musical fame: Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Metallica, Mötley Crüe, David Lee Roth, Cher, The Cult— Bob worked with everyone.

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 some of Bob's albums

Sadly, Mick Ronson, did not fair as well. Stricken with liver cancer, he was dead at 46, leaving Suzi to raise their 15- year-old daughter alone. Despite Mick’s amazing musical career, his skills as a businessman were quite the opposite. Suzi was left with nothing.

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The early days (pre-Versace/pre-Suzi)

In the meantime, I had long grown out of my Pampers and had embarked upon my own music career. Though not quite David Bowie, I nevertheless needed some help with hair and wardrobe at my gigs.

I placed an ad on Craig’s list and contacted the first three people to answer it. The very first of the three was a woman who called herself simply Suzi.

 

Stay tuned for Part 5…

One thought on “How I Managed To Catch Some of Ziggy’s Stardust, Part 4”

  1. Arthur Laverne (Vern) Dailey     Reply

    Love the story.Ever considered writing as an income?

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