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, 1979 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (20) Donna Summer, Hot Stuff ~ #2 (2) Blondie, Heart Of Glass ~ #1 (1) Peaches & Herb, Reunited


The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's resume was varied and eclectic, his soulful and often joyous organ fills heard on such albums as the Stones' Some Girls, Lucinda Williams' Car Wheels On A Gravel Road and John Mayer's Battle Studies. A rousing live performer, he played with Bob Dylan and Springsteen and was scheduled to tour with Nick Lowe this winter. His death comes on the heels of that of another Stones sideman, saxophone player Bobby Keys, who died Tuesday. ~ CNN: Ian McLagan Obituary ~ December 3, 2014 © CNN

As a Session musician, guest or band member

Jackson Browne ~ Lives In The Balance (1986) ~ Ranked #88 Rolling Stone 100 Best Albums Of The Eighties in 1990 ~ Lives In The Balance never achieved the commercial success of some of Browne's earlier records. That hardly mattered to him. “I like this album as much as any I've ever done,” Browne said. “And there's a certain comfort, a security that I have, talking about something that I feel this strongly about. And whether or not an album succeeds wildly or not, that's intact.” ~ 1990 © Rolling Stone

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

The Small Faces ~ Ogden's Nut Gone Flake (1968) ~ Ranked #50 Observer Music Monthly 100 Greatest British Albums in 2004.

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