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Mark Ronson: My Life in 10 Songs

‘Uptown Funk’ producer talks collaborations with Ghostface, Amy Winehouse and Paul McCartney

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Mark Ronson shares the stories behind collaborations with Ghostface, Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars.

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Mark Ronson began his career as a New York club DJ, spinning hip-hop for downtown trendsetters and warming up for Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex. Flying back and forth across the Atlantic, he has since produced rap records for Ghostface and Nas, pop-soul for Adele and Amy Winehouse and late-career gems by Paul McCartney and Duran Duran. For Ronson, these projects aren’t as different as they appear: “Even when I made Back to Black,” he says, “I was trying to make sure that every track on there, the RZA would hear and want to sample a piece.”

With “Uptown Funk,” his Bruno Mars-featuring tribute to early-Eighties R&B, at the top of the charts, the 39-year-old producer took us inside 10 of his biggest tracks, sharing behind-the-scenes stories from studio sessions with some of the most remarkable artists in music.

In This Article: Adele, Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson


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