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  Mick Ralphs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mick Ralphs (born 31 March 1944 in Hereford) is a guitarist who was a founder member of 70s rock band Mott the Hoople.
In 1973, Ralphs grew disillusioned with the band and left to team up with former Free vocalist Paul Rodgers to form Bad Company, a band that ultimately had greater commercial success than Mott The Hoople.
Ralphs continued to record and tour with Bad Company until they folded in 1982 when Paul Rodgers announced he was leaving the band.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mick_Ralphs   (204 words)

 Rock Ahead - Gig Review - Ian Hunter/Mick Ralphs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
As impressive now as he was in the mid 1970's when I first saw him with Mick Ronson at the Liverpool Empire theatre.
Mick Ralphs' instrumental 'Hideaway' and the sheer force and energy of second guitarist Andy York throughout, need special mention.
It was 29 years since Mick Ralphs left Mott the Hoople for Bad Company, so to see the show kick off with 'One of the boys' a Hunter/ Ralphs number was fitting,and to end with 'Golden Age of Rock and Roll' sealed it.
www.themusicindex.com /rockahead/reviews/hunter_ralphs_live1a.htm   (272 words)

 CMT.com : Mick Ralphs : Biography
Mick Ralphs was the lead guitarist for not one, but two of album rock's most storied bands: underappreciated glam rock legends Mott the Hoople, and the far more commercially successful Bad Company.
Ralphs played with a blues-rock group called the Buddies (who released a single in 1964) in his teens, and then moved on to the mod-styled Doc Thomas Group, whose self-titled 1967 debut album was issued only in Italy.
After the initial lineup disbanded, Ralphs recorded a solo album, Take This!, which was released on the small, poorly distributed Rock Machine label in 1984 (it was later reissued on CD).
www.cmt.com /artists/az/ralphs_mick/bio.jhtml   (289 words)

 Free and Bad Company
At the start, Bad Company seemed like the Mick Ralphs show: he wrote their huge hit single "Can't Get Enough," their modestly successful follow-up "Movin' On," and their re-recording of Mott the Hoople's "Ready For Love," and is co-credited on two of Rodgers' five numbers.
Mick Ralphs was always more of a hard-pounding rhythm player than a soloist, which was fine when he was writing great riff tunes for Mott.
Ralphs' "Oh, Atlanta" is not the same as the earlier Little Feat song.
www.warr.org /rodgers.html   (2274 words)

 Bad Company
Ralphs, like Rodgers, will never win any awards for his verbal skills -- although each at his best is capable of writing lines with the hard-hitting simplicity of first-rate R&B lyrics.
Since a strong singer (Paul Rodgers, who's letting the hair on his chest grow out) usually dominates a strong guitarist (Mick Ralphs, who's devoting himself to Paul Kossoff impressions anyway), this is less Mott the Hoople without the pretensions (which are missed) than Free poppified (but not enough, hit single or no hit single).
Featuring ex-Mott the Hoople Mick Ralphs' no-frills guitar, strong hard rock-bluesy vocals from ex-Free singer Paul Rodgers, and charged with lots of soul and depth, this multiplatinum smash debut burst onto the scene, dominated the airwaves and blew people away.
www.superseventies.com /badcompany1.html   (686 words)

 Mick Ralphs b
Ralphs was a member of the Hereford-based act known variously as the Shakedown Sound, the Doc Thomas Group and Silence.
They took the name Mott The Hoople in 1969 upon securing a recording deal with Island Records and Ralphs remained with the group for the next four years.
In 1985 Ralphs released TAKE THIS, a low-key solo album, before resuming his role in the parent unit he has done much to fashion and maintain.
www.centrohd.com /biogra/r1/mick_ralphs_b.htm   (98 words)

 Mott the Hoople
Frontman Ian Hunter's rambling, Dylan-influenced commentaries on his youthful followers' hedonistic lifestyle were balanced by guitarist Mick Ralphs' thunderous, compact rock tunes, and the whole campy, self-referential silliness of it all was plenty of fun while it lasted.
Ralphs sings lead on all four of his contributions, with his steady, smooth high tenor sounding quite professional.
Meanwhile, on Ralphs' "It Must Be Love" they deliver lively, enjoyably harmonized country-rock a la Poco, with Jerry Hogan on pedal steel; and on "Lay Down," they go with the big-band, gospel-influenced style of contemporary British R & B acts like Joe Cocker.
www.warr.org /mott.html   (2143 words)

 Rhino -- The Lefsetz Letter - Rzine # 328
Rather it was written by Mick Ralphs for Mott The Hoople's last ditch effort with David Bowie.
Mick Ralphs is having a DISCUSSION with the woman.
He's showing the woman who he is. He's not beating her over the head, he's being lyrical, he's evidencing joy, the kind of joy that comes out of a guitar, the kind of internal joy that makes women fall in love with musicians.
www.rhino.com /rzine/StoryKeeper.lasso?StoryID=328   (1559 words)

 DJTees - Mick Ralphs T-Shirts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
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The Mick Ralphs T-Shirts come in a large variety of colours and sizes so you can easily find the one best for you.
www.yourmarketing.co.uk /djtees/t-shirts/Mick_Ralphs.php   (150 words)

 Inside Information: Archives - Article 28
This Mick Jones is not Mick Jones from The Clash, a band which has had truly massive coverage in the rock press in the last two years.
This Mick Jones is Mick Jones from Foreigner, a band which has had minimal coverage (most of it hostile), but has managed to sell some 7 1/2 million albums in the United States with their first two releases.
Mick Jones thinks that Foreigner's major asset is the way the band mixes musicians from both America and Britain, with the British musicians more experienced.
www.foreignerfiles.com /archives/articles/art28.htm   (1112 words)

 Free | Bad Company | Paul Rodgers Fan Website
Mick Ralphs also has the rare distinction of being one of the few popular artists who has remained relatively anonymous while his art is wildly popular.
The liner notes were written by Ralphs himself and as he comments on each of the discs tracks you almost feel as though you are in the studio with him as he is creating.
Recently, Mick was good enough to take a half hour to chat on the phone about all the goings on and here is a bit of that conversation for you.
www.allrightnow.com /fws/Interview_MickRalphs.htm   (2711 words)

 Mott the Hoople
Mick took the song "Can't Get Enough" to Ian and was told the song was no good.
Mick Ronson had been known for his guitar work with David Bowie's Spiders from Mars band.
I believe it was Ian Hunter's plan to bring Mick Ronson on board, finish any obligations as Mott, ditch the rest of the band and regroup as The Ian Hunter Band.
www.alexfish.com /mottthe.htm   (601 words)

 Get Ready to ROCK! Review of CD album by Mott The Hoople,Bad Company guitarist Mick Ralphs called That's Life - Can't ...
This is Mick Ralph's third solo outing for Angel Air and like the last one this is a collection of recent "demos".
In some ways they are sketches and the consistent thread seems to be that Mick is very much in love with his wife so in a sense these tracks are intensely personal "messages from home".
Mick's lyrical guitar is overshadowed by an emphasis on lyrics and songs.
www.getreadytorock.com /reviews/mick_ralphs1.htm   (297 words)

 Mick Ralphs Guitar Talk   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Mick is always interested in talking about guitars.
Mick's answers to these questions will be appear in the Guitar Talk Answers section below.
If you want to ask Mick about something other than guitars, you should use the Questions page.
www.mickralphs.co.uk /gt.shtml   (374 words)

 Pollstar -- The Concert Hotwire
Rock heavyweights Ian Hunter and Mick Ralphs are returning to the road together this May for a tour around the U.K. This venture marks the first time since the days of Mott The Hoople that the two musicians will be sharing the stage.
Hunter and Ralphs formed Mott in 1969 and the band shot to the top of the charts shortly thereafter.
Ralphs split from Mott in 1973 and went on to form Bad Company.
www.pollstar.com /news/viewnews.pl?NewsID=1768   (260 words)

 96 Decibel Freaks - Cast of Characters
In 1969, the band Silence was comprised of Mick Ralphs, Overend Watts, Dale Griffin and Verden Allen.
Mick Ralphs became disappointed with his decreasing role in the group.
The Spider's guitar player, Mick Ronson, had recorded a solo album that was met with luke warm reception.
members.core.com /~rmanson/cast.htm   (1061 words)

 SCENE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
As it was, Mick wanted to come with me, but it might've been the other way around.
All except for Mick; Ronno got the first plane over and said, "Come on, let's do something." I knew it was silly sitting on my behind with nothing to do.
But Mick and I had made a quicker transition from Mott into this band than we ever could have hoped for.
www.mickronson.com /articles/scene30april75.htm   (1972 words)

 Mick Ralphs: That's Life: CD Compact Disc: Skateboarding Music and more...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Mick Ralphs: That's Life: CD Compact Disc: Skateboarding Music and more...
Mick Ralph's as a founding member of both Mott The Hoople and Bad Company is one of British Rock's most tasteful guitarist and songwriters.
I hate to give Mick a bad report but it is hard to believe how terrible this is. It sounds like you are listening to the music through a tin can.
shop.skateboardmusic.com /cds/mick-ralphs/thats-life/listen301143.html   (292 words)

 Mick Ralphs CD: "Take This!"
Mick Ralphs, founder member of Mott The Hoople, founder member of Bad Company.
I get the impression Mick had little better to do at the time (feeling bored, must do something - recording an album is something - so I'll record an album).
The sleeve-notes confirm this: Mick says he had all these songs ready but Bad Co were'nt functioning any more, so he booked the studio and recorded them himself.
www.hunter-mott.com /discography/take_this.html   (347 words)

 KAOS2000 Magazine / Mick Ralphs - Bad Company
Mick Ralphs has been one of my favorite musicians for a long time.
Mick liked to laugh quite a bit and he appears to be a very gregarious personality.
Thanks Mick for being so cooperative and for being a great person to chat with, it is appreciated.
www.kaos2000.net /interviews/badcompany/mickralphs01.html   (5180 words)

 Vintage Guitar® magazine : Artist Pages
The only guitarist to appear on every Bad Company album is the redoubtable Mick Ralphs, whose on-the-money sledgemhammer riffs were already known by serious fans of rock guitar prior to the formation of the band in the mid ’70s.
Ralphs was the original lead guitarist for the legendary British band Mott the Hoople, and his blistering, powerchord-based chops were a staple of that band’s first half-dozen albums.
Mick was also on the band’s first two Columbia efforts, All The Young Dudes and Mott, then bailed to co-found Bad Company, which experienced more commercial sucess than the founders of Mott the Hoople could probably have ever imagined, and the new band adhered to a basic song-oriented style Ralphs loved.
www.vguitar.com /artists/details.asp?ID=34   (1085 words)

 Mick Ralphs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The tone of the editorial suggested that he was a bit foolish to quit the band now that they had made it on their own with a great lp ('Mott' - contained one Ralphs-only composition; 'I'm a Cadillac/El Comino Dolo Rosso') that had charted.
Superstars from the off, and Ralphs wasn't a minor add-on to the Paul Rodgers/Simon Kirke Free resurection shuffle.
Bad Company's debut single — which went top 20 in the UK, top 5 in the US — 'Can't Get Enough' was a Mick Ralphs composition written in 1972, however, Mott didn't do it as there wasn't anybody in the band that could sing it well enough.
www.sherry-trifle.co.uk /half%2Dmoon%2Dbay/people/mick.html   (455 words)

 Mick Ralphs CD: "It's All Good"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Short by modern standards, what it lacks in terms of quantity is more than compensated by the quality of the material on offer here, a collection of blues-orientated tracks with Mick's guitar well forward in the mix.
Apart from the funky opening and closing tracks, Mick's guitar crunches in the way we all remember it from years past.
Yes, Mick plays all the instruments (apart from the live track, which is from Bad Company's 1999 US tour) unless you were told otherwise you'd believe this was a full band contributing.
www.hunter-mott.com /discography/its_all_good.html   (199 words)

 Chiangmai Mail - Vol. IV No. 8 - Saturday February 19 - February 25, 2005   Book-Movies-Music
Mick Ralphs had some ludicrous idea of forming some sort of musical beat combo with his old mates from Free, Paul Rogers and Simon Kirke.
Mick Ralphs agreed to play the first half of the tour, until the 2-week tour break; for the remaining concerts the band would have to carry on with a new axe slinger.
After one last emotional plea for Ralphs to stay (Ian Hunter offered Mick Ralphs half of all Hunter’s songwriting royalties if he stayed) was unsuccessful, the remaining members of the band, lead singer, guitarist, and main songwriter Ian Hunter (songwriting was the main reason for Ralphs departure.
www.chiangmai-mail.com /122/bmm.shtml   (1444 words)

 Mott The Hoople - British Album Rock Innovators
Mick Ralphs departed in late 1973 to form Bad Company, and, well, you know the rest.Mick Ronson joined in 1974, but his stint with the band was short-lived, as he and Hunter left to try their luck as a duo.
Ralphs as a founding member of Bad Company, and Hunter as a solo artist.
Hunter continued to collaborate with Mick Ronson til Ronson's death in 1993.Hunter continues to perform as a solo artist, and is on the road throughoutthe UK this summer.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/rock_music_new/66521   (555 words)

 Amazon.ca: Music: Live [Live]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Mick Ralphs (who was no Eric Clapton) had departed, and Ariel Bender (aka Luther Grosvenor) proved to be even worse than Ralphs (this was before the arrival of Mick Ronson, who was far better than the other two combined).
Comparing Mick Ralphs with Eric Clapton is the dumbest thing I ever heard, and it shows that the earlier "reviewer" doesn't truly understand rock and roll.
One guy even says "Mick Ralphs is no Eric Clapton" which is like "Okay, I've only slept through every Eric Clapton record ever recorded." No offence but what kind of irrelevant BS is that.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/B00000253S   (965 words)

 MICK RALPHS | Rockdetector   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Ralphs had also worked on albums with ex-BEATLES man GEORGE HARRISON and, during 1984, on solo touring stints with PINK FLOYD guitarist DAVID GILMOUR.
Ralphs only managed four gigs in support of the album his live band consisting of guitarist Dave Colwell (later to join Ralphs in a reformed BAD COMPANY), URIAH HEEP drummer Chris Slade and OZZY OSBOURNE keyboard player Lindsay Bridgewater.
The 'Take This' album was re-released in America during 1995 by Griffin Records to coincide with the release of BAD COMPANY's 'Company Of Strangers' album then in 1998 with bonus tracks by Angel Air.
www.rockdetector.com /artist,5870.sm   (226 words)

 The Mott the Hoople Story
Mick Ralphs remembers it was the shades more than anything which got Ian the gig.
Mick came from Hull in Yorkshire, and had played in a local band called The Rats, but he was working as a gardener for the local council when he was called down to London to audition for David Bowie's new band.
Mick Ronson was still signed to RCA at the time, and they provided a limo for him - in addition to the one CBS provided for the rest of the band.
www.hunter-mott.com /history/mth_story.html   (7122 words)

 Mick Ralphs News
May 2005 - Mick Ralphs made a guest appearance with Ian Hunter at The Astoria In London on 27 May 2005, appearing with the American version of The Rant Band (Mark Bosch - guitar; James mastro - guitar; Graham Maby - bass; Andy Burton - keyboards; Steve Holley - drums).
Jun 2004 - Mick Ralphs completed tour with Ian Hunter and his Rant Band, playing a month of gigs in the UK and Europe from May-June 2004.
May 2002 - Mick Ralphs was reunited with Ian Hunter for the first time in almost 20 years when he joined Ian's 2002 UK tour.
www.mickralphs.co.uk /news.shtml   (551 words)

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