The 59 2018 #347: 181213
Mark Ronson – Uptown Special (2015)
Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Today we’ve reached year 57 – 2015.
Dedicated to the late Amy Winehouse and released in January 2015, Uptown Special was the fourth and final studio album from record producer and DJ, Mark Ronson.
It became Ronson’s first number one on the UK Albums Chart (with his previous two albums charting at number two), and reached number two on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart and number five on the US Billboard 200.
The lead single – “Uptown Funk” – had its beginning out of a jam in Bruno’s studio in LA with Mars drumming, Jeff Bhasker on synths and Ronson on bass. After they got the basic groove, Philip Lawrence joined and they wrote the lyrics to the first verse. They finished the song in Toronto, six months later. It rose to No.1 on the UK Singles Chart, marking Ronson’s first number one song as an artist and producer; as well as peaking at No.1 on the Irish Singles Chart and the Billboard 100.