On This Day June 29, 1968
Small Faces' Ogdens' Nutgone Flake album peaks at number one
on the UK record chart where it happily remains for six weeks.
Small Faces' Ogdens' Nutgone Flake is widely regarded as a classic album, featuring an innovative round cover, the first of its kind, designed to resemble an antique tobacco tin. The title and the design of the distinctive packaging was a parody of Ogden's Nut-brown Flake, a brand of tobacco that was produced in Liverpool from 1899 onwards by Thomas Ogden.
Because of the album's complexities, it was never performed live.
It was performed as a whole once on the BBC's television programme Colour Me Pop on Friday 21, June 1968.
You can enjoy the entire 25 minute production at
Happy 52nd summer to Small Faces' album Ogden's Nutgone Flake!
Team Ronnie Lane
P.S. We even found Ogdens' on 8-track tape!
Still always in the midst of gathering the finest pics of Ronnie Lane
out there and so kindly uploaded to the internet!
Special thanks here to Mark Bowman of Mark Bowman Images,
a good friend of Ronnie's who spent a great deal of time with him
circa 1985-1986 in Austin and Dallas, Texas and in subsequent years,
as Ronnie moved to Houston
The list is too long to be complete here, but Mark (and his magic fingers) was able to capture Ronnie with many musicians also on the
Texas music scene, including Nancy and Ann Wilson of Heart, Jon Bon Jovi and Jimmy Page. That's Mark with Ronnie bottom left....
You definitely won't want to miss Ronnie Lane with Robert Plant,
Joe King Carrasco and Stevie Nicks!
See rare photos of Ronnie Lane's Les Paul (who has it now?!)
and his Faces tortoiseshell bass!
Amazing pics, Mark! Thanks!
Team Ronnie Lane
P.S. Small spoiler of Mark Bowman's favorite photo snapshot of his good friend Jimmy Page. It was taken at a Ronnie Lane party La Mansion Hotel, Austin, Texas after The Firm gig on March 23, 1985. Great stories!
In the spring of 1969, in the short time between Small Faces and Faces, Ronnie Lane gathered together with Art Wood, Ron Wood, Rod Stewart,
Kim Gardner, Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan to form Quiet Melon.
"I had some studio time so we rounded up Rod Stewart, Kenny Jones,
Ian McLagan, Ronnie Lane and Kim Gardner and recorded the songs "Engine 4444" and "Diamond Joe". We played a few Quiet Melon gigs afterwards. But then Rod and Ronnie blew me off, the little bastards, and went on to become hugely famous as the Faces. Oh well." ~Art Wood
Listen to Quiet Melon's "Diamond Joe", "Engine 4444"
and read more about what Art Wood had to say at
Team Ronnie Lane
P.S. From Facebook comments,
"Love these 2 tracks ! I named my son after Diamond Joe, originally
wanted to call him Engine 4444 but his mum wouldn't have it." ~Tim C
23 years ago this day, June 4, 1997, Ronnie Lane passed away.
Ronnie Lane: April 1, 1946 - June 4, 1997
Much loved mod, rock 'n' roll and blues folk roots singer, songwriter, bassist and guitar player.Well known for his membership in the prominent English rock bands Small Faces (1965-69), Faces (1970-73)
and Slim Chance (1974-mid 80's)
and his prolific body of work and multiple collaborations
with other world-class artists and musicians.
To see an overview of the ever expanding story of Ronnie Lane
Watch The Passing Show: The Life & Music of Ronnie Lane
Everyone still misses you, Ronnie!