Mick Ronson Discography -
Some People - 1980 LPTracklist: Thermostat / Whatcha Gonna Do (When the Reggae Breaks Your Heart) / Shake Your Shake / Some People / Wake Up Call / Ch Ch Cherie / Gotta Go Home / Heaven Bound / Public Image / Give Us All the Money
- USA LP: Bearsville BRK 3514
- Germany LP: Bearsville 203289320
Comments: the album is credited to The Johnny Average Band featuring Nikki Wills - who both are pictured on the front cover.
Nicole Wills was the lead vocalist with the Johnny Average Band, and she was also married to Johnny Average at the time. She had moved to Woodstock in the early 70s and soon teamed up with local bands - most notably The Falcons (who was the blueprint for Johnny Average Band). She eventually got signed to Bearsville Records - was managed by Albert Grossman and toured US and Europe in support of her solo album "Tell Me", released in 1983.
Mick Ronson was not involved with Nicole's solo album, but this is a really great album - and it features a stellar cast of musicians - many who used to play with Mick: Shane Fontayne (guitar), Mike Braun (drums), Leigh Foxx (bass), Murray Weinstock (keyboards), John Holbrook (guitars, keyboards), George Young (sax), Wells Kelly (congas), Ann Lang and John Hall (backing vocals).
Ronson later played on the eponymous debut album by her mid-80s band The Phantoms, of course (see link below). Nicole hasn't been active on the music scene for the last decade or so, but in 2005 she made a welcome return by providing backing vocals for the Hold Steady album "Separation Sunday"!
Tell Me - 1983 LPTracks: Fallin' / Tell Me How To Make You Love Me / Some Guys Have All The Luck / It Would't Have Made Any Difference / Tenderness On The Block / What You Do To Me / Isn't It Always Love / Maybe / It'll Be Me / Never Take The Place Of You / *Hold Me Tight / *Beautiful Picture Of You
- USA LP: Bearsville 7599-23656-1
- Japan CD (2007): no bonus tracks
- Japan CD (2008): Bearsville VICP-63735 [with two bonus tracks]
Comments: the Japanese limited LP style paper sleeve edition from 2008 adds two bonus tracks (marked with *) previously only available on a 4CD Japanese box set from 1996 called "Bearsville Box Set" (Bearsville PCCY-00909) - a compilation of material recorded for the Bearsville label in the period 1970-1984.
What You Do To Me - 1982 7" singleSide A: What You Do To Me
Side B: Isn't It Always Love
- Belgium 7" single: Bearsville 104.976
Trivia: both tracks are from the album "Tell Me" (although the sleeve imprint reads "from the forthcoming album 'NICOLE WILLS')
other singles (all credited to NIKKI WILLS):
- Some Guys Have All The Luck (USA 1981 mono/stereo promo - Bearsville BSS 49868)
- Some Guys Have All The Luck (Italy 1981 - Bearsville BRN 2006)
- Isn't It Always Love (USA 1982 mono/stereo promo - Bearsville BSS 50038)
Mick Hodgkinson / aka Johnny Average died of cancer on 19 September 2007 in Kingston New York, aged 61. He was born in Rainworth, Nottinghamshire, England but moved to Woodstock New York in the 70s, to play with Elizabeth Barraclough. He then formed (and led) Johnny Average And The Falcons who later became The Johnny Average Band. He was a gifted songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and pianist and over the years he worked with with Ian Kimmet, Mick Ronson, Meatloaf, Brian Briggs, Billy J. Kramer, Jerry Dorsey, Terry Dactyl And The Dinosaurs and Brett Marvin & The Thunderbolts.
On 28 October 2007, a Tribute To The Music Of Johnny Average was held at Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble Studio - featuring original members of The Falcons & The Johnny Average Band along with many special guests:
Videoclips from the tribute concert and Elizabeth Barraclough (playing "Covered Up In Aces" in Bearsville NY 1978 with Mick Hodgkinson on keyboards) are available on YouTube.
- Robbie Dupree (Steal Away, Hot Rod Hearts)
- Larry Hoppen (Orleans/ Dance With Me, Still The One)
- Ann Lang (Joe Cocker, Leon Russel)
- Nicole Wills
- Ian Kimmet (The Jooks)
- Randy Ciarlante ( Levon Helm's Barn Burners)
- Frank Campbell (Cindy Cashdollar)
- Ralph E Boy Legnini (Todd Rundgren)
- Marc Kunkle
- Eric Parker (Joe Cocker)
- Joe Cassetta
- Tom Nicholson
- John Holbrook (produced the Eisley Brothers, Natalie Merchant)
- Mary Lou Arnold (Todd Rundgren)
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