Ian McLagan, keyboardist
The (Small) Faces
birth name: Ian Patrick McLagan

Ian McLagan

May 12, 1945, Hounslow, England ~ December 3, 2014, TX

“Quality of life is living in Austin, Texas, where the rain is as warm as the people, and when it rains it comes down like the flu.” ~ Ian McLagan

One of the most active keyboard players in classic rock, first known as an original member of Small Faces and Faces. ~ Allmusic: Ian McLagan ~ retrieved December 4, 2014 © Allmusic

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May 12, 1973 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) The Sweet, Little Willy ~ #2 (4) Stevie Wonder, You Are The Sunshine Of My Life ~ #1 (1) Dawn featuring Orlando, Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree


McLagan began his music music career in the early 1960s, when he took up the Wurlitzer and the Hammond organ. Don Arden, manager of the Small Faces, hired him in 1965 to replace Jimmy Winston in the band, which changed its name to the Faces in 1969 after Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood joined. McLagan, known to friends and fans as “Mac”, worked with the Rolling Stones after the Faces split in 1975 and was a session musician for artists including Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry and Bruce Springsteen. A debut solo album, Troublemaker, was released in 1979, and McLagan continued to make music in his own right with his own group, the Bump Band. ~ The Guardian: Ian McLagan Obituary ~ December 3, 2014 © The Guardian

As a Session musician, guest or band member

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The (Small) Faces

Ronnie Lane invited Marriott to jam with his band at a show they were playing at a local club - the gig was a disaster, but out of that show the group members decided to turn their talents toward American R&B. The band - with Marriott now installed permanently and Jimmy Winston recruited on organ - cast its lot with a faction of British youth known as the mods, stylish posers (and arch enemies of the leather-clad rockers, sometimes with incredibly violent results) who, among their other attributes, affected a dandified look and a fanatical embrace of American R&B. The quartet, now christened the Small Faces (‘face’ being a piece of mod slang for a fashion leader), began making a name for themselves on-stage, sparked by their no holds barred performance style. ~ Allmusic: The Small Faces ~ retrieved April 24, 2014 © Allmusic

The (Small) Faces ~ Inducted in the 2012 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ They began as the Small Faces, a band of mod rockers who embraced soul and psychedelia in the latter half of the Sixties. Then they became the Faces, a rollicking band of pub-rockers who barnstormed their way through the first half of the Seventies. ~ 2012 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

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