Born April 1, 1946, Ronnie Lane, our aces April Fool,
turns 77 in heaven today.
Happy Birthday, Ronnie.
You are always dearly missed by everybody!
Happy 74th Birthday to Kenney Jones today!
Kenney Jones was born on this date September 16, 1948
in Whitechapel, London, England.
(It was a Thursday!)
Drummer for Small Faces, Faces, The Who and The Jones Gang,
Kenney Jones was a great mate of Ronnie Lane.
Have a peak and a listen to Kenney Jones on the Kenney Jones page!
Happy Birthday, Kenney!
Released September 16, 1977, Pete Townshend and Ronnie Lane's
Rough Mix album turns 45 years old today!
Pete Townshend had been initially contacted by Ronnie Lane
to produce his next album. Instead, the project turned into
a full-blown collaboration between the pair.
Rough Mix features songs written by both blokes in a vein less like
that of the Who or Faces, but instead close to the British folk rock vogue
of the early 1970s among various English bands.
Members of Lane's Slim Chance group and other colleagues also appeared on the recording, among them Who bassist John Entwistle,
Ian Stewart and Charlie Watts from The Rolling Stones,
and Eric Clapton.
During the recording of Rough Mix, Lane's multiple sclerosis was diagnosed, but still not revealed generally.
Hustle yourself here to find links to listen to Rough Mix and the beloved song favorites "Annie", "Heart To Hang On To", "Street in the City", "Nowhere To Run", "My Baby Gives It Away", "April Fool" and five other steller tunes. Here also are stellar reviews and a secret stash of Martin Cook's photo shoot for the album
On September 15, 1966 the Small Faces' single "All Or Nothing"
peaks at #1 on the UK Singles Chart!
Written by Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane, "All Or Nothing", according to Marriott's mother Kay Marriott, is about Steve's split with ex-fiancée Sue Oliver, though first wife Jenny Rylance states that Marriott told her he wrote the song for her as a result of her split with Rod Stewart. Both statements are said to be correct.
Little known fact: "All Or Nothing" shared the #1 spot that week with
The Beatles' single "Yellow Submarine"!
Watch three Small Faces' performances of "All Or Nothing" here:
Small Faces' single "The Universal" is released June 28, 1968
"The Universal" was the final authorized single released by
Small Faces before they disbanded in 1969
~"The Universal" reached #16, staying in the top 40 for a total of 10 weeks
~A densely-lyrical song, the basic track of Marriott alone with an acoustic guitar was originally recorded by him 'on-the-fly' onto a portable tape machine, outdoors in his garden with his dog Seamus
Have a listen to "The Universal" and read more here:
Hello the Universal!
This day June 24, 1967: Broadcast of Small Faces performing "Here Come the Nice" on German TV's Beat Club
🎥 This day June 24, 1967: Broadcast of Small Faces performing
"Here Come the Nice" on German TV's Beat Club
See almost all other Small Faces' Beat Club performances here:
Fifty-five years ago today, June 23, 1967, Small Faces released their second studio album Small Faces, the band's first for the Immediate record label.
Not to be confused with Small Faces' first studio album Small Faces (1966) released on Decca Records, Small Faces (1967) album is considered to be the artistic breakthrough for the group in terms of songwriting and composition, and marks their transition from a mod-influenced blue-eyed soul/R&B band to a psychedelic studio group, which they were then seen as from this point until their breakup in early 1969.
During the later parts of 1966, their affiliation with Don Arden and Decca Records had strained, due to several aspects, including the fact that the band received barely any royalties from their records, and that "My Mind's Eye" had been released without consent by the band.
From Kenney Jones, "During the Decca period most of the self-penned stuff was 99% Steve. It wasn’t until Immediate that Ronnie became more involved. The first Immediate album is made up of 50% Steve’s songs and 50% of Ronnie’s..."
Read more fine details on Small Faces' Small Faces album released in 1967 and find video and links to listen here:
It's just fabulous!
Honoring the Passing Away of Ronnie Lane 25 Years Ago Today, June 4, 1997 (it was a Wednesday, at 51)
This day we honor Ronnie Lane, who passed away 25 years ago today,
June 4, 1997 (it was a Wednesday, he was 51, and would be 76 today).
Ronnie "Plonk" "Three-Piece" Lane was bassist to both
top-notch bands Small Faces and Faces,
and often played guitar with his own band, Slim Chance.
Click on any of the links below, where we continue to build portals
to and through Ronnie's vast, if not too-very short and wild life span.
While Ronnie Lane had many more creative phases in his life,
and the website work is far from done., you are invited to browse through
the pages we have so far created for Ronnie Lane history at the
Working Website Index,
where all is being organized as one:
The world still misses you dearly, Ronnie!
June 2, 1967 (55 fabulous years ago today...)
Small Faces' first single on Immediate, "Here Come the Nice", is released.
"Here Come the Nice", the band's debut single on Immediate Records,
was their first promoted release of 1967, following feuds with Decca.
~Read more & see "Here Come the Nice" at the Beat Club, 1967:
June 2, 1967 (55 fantastic years ago today...)
Small Faces' From the Beginning album is released on Decca Records.
~From The Beginning was the first compilation album by Small Faces
~Released by Decca Records as group material after the band had left for Immediate Records
From The Beginning produced five hot singles from Small Faces:
"Whatcha Gonna Do About It", "Sha-La-La-La-Lee", "Hey Girl", "All Or Nothing" and "My Mind's Eye" (which was unauthorized!).
~From The Beginning also features "Baby Don't You Do It",
with Jimmy Winston on lead vocals and rhythm guitar.
~Find links to listen & more photos of Small Faces with Jimmy Winston here:
All or Nothing!
Fifty-five years ago today, May 26, 1967, Small Faces single "Patterns" was released by the band's manager Don Arden, NOT authorized by the band.
"Patterns" was the eighth single by Small Faces and the first of two unauthorized singles released in the UK
(the second being "Afterglow (of Your Love)" in 1969).
"Patterns" became one of few singles by Small Faces featuring Ronnie Lane on primary vocals, in contrast to Marriott's standard role as lead vocalist.
Listen to "Patterns" (and "E Too D") and find more juicy details here:
Fifty-four years ago today, May 24, 1968 (it was a Friday!),
Small Faces' album Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake was released!
Small Faces' third (and final) studio album and their first concept album,
Ogdens' Nutgone Flake featured an innovative round cover.
Widely regarded as a classic album, it was 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.
Watch the one-time-only Small Faces theatrical performance of
this amazing concept album on the BBC's Colour Me Pop (25:52),
featuring: "Song of a Baker", "Lazy Sunday" (official video!),
"Happiness Stan", "Rollin' Over", "The Hungry Intruder", "The Journey",
"Mad John" and "Happydaystoytown",
narrated by Master of Gobbledegook, Stanley Unwin!
Ogdens' LP would peak at number one on the UK Album Charts
on June 29th, 1968, where it remained for a total of six weeks.
You can find links to listen to and much more about Small Faces'
fantastic Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake masterpiece here:
51 years ago today ~ May 15, 1971 Faces play the Garden Party at The Crystal Palace Bowl, London, ENG
51 years ago today~ May 15, 1971
Faces play the Garden Party at The Crystal Palace Bowl
Setlist, recording, playbill posters, news clip and concert ticket of
Faces at the Garden Party at The Crystal Palace Bowl here:
Check It Out!
Happy Birthday to Ian McLagan in heaven today!
Great friend of Ronnie Lane, keyboardist of Small Faces, Faces
and many other out of this world bands, Ian would have been 76 today.
By all accounts, Ian McLagan is remembered as a fantastic musician and warm-hearted man. In honor of Ian and his many fans, we have gathered a page for Mr. McLagan where you can view and listen to the many fruits of his lifespan, including interviews, exclusive photos and songs written by Ian: https://www.ronnielane.com/ian-mclagan.html
Ian McLagan left us December 3, 2014 in Austin, Texas, at the age of 69. Shortly before, in 2012, Ian was inducted with Small Faces and Faces
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Enjoy browsing the great life and times of Ian McLagan here:
You are greatly missed, Ian.
This Day In Ronnie Lane History:
May 11, 1966: Small Faces debut album Small Faces is released!
Small Faces is the debut album of the Small Faces released by
Decca Records. It includes the hit singles "Whatcha Gonna Do About It"
The album was well received by music critics and was popular
with the public, rising to number 3 on the UK album chart,
remaining at the top for several weeks.
In November 1966 keyboardist Ian McLagan replaced Jimmy Winston.
Find more juicy details and links to listen to Small Faces (1966) here:
P.S. Also in 1966, the Small Faces became the eleventh biggest selling artists of the year!
Ronnie Lane with his Mum!
A Very Happy Mother's Day Today To All Ronnie Lane Fan Mums!
Fifty-two years ago this week, still being billed as Small Faces,
Faces played in San Francisco, California at the Fillmore West
May 7, 8, 9 and 10, 1970
The handbill was only printed once before the concert and presents a calendar of upcoming Bill Graham events on the reverse. Size 4 5/8" x 7".
The reverse features a calendar of Bill Graham events. Marked BG-232 Bill Graham 1970 in the lower left corner.
Find YOUR Faces concert and these beauties up close at:
"Just a little pop song." ~Ian McLagan, keyboardist of Small Faces
The band's fourth single, released this day May 6, 1966,
"Hey Girl" was the first hit single written exclusively by Small Faces
(Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane).
B-side "Almost Grown
"Hey Girl" was released just days before the album Small Faces - Small Faces (1966) was released. Ultimately it was not included and can instead be found on their 1967 compilation album From the Beginning.
The "Hey Girl" single made its chart start at No.23. Within two weeks, it was starting a two-week stay at No.10, while Small Faces enjoyed no fewer than five consecutive weeks at No.3. The LP spent 12 weeks in a row in the Top 10, through to August.
Discover more and watch special performances of Small Faces "Hey Girl":
Hey! Hey! It's alright!
Ronnie Lane was born April 1, 1946 on April Fool's Day.
Today he would be 76 years old, but passed away June 4, 1991.
Everyone misses you, Ronnie.
Team Ronnie Lane
To commemorate what would have been Ronnie Lane’s 75th birthday
(April 1st 1946), UMC has announced the reissue of
Ronnie's seminal 1974 debut solo album,
Anymore For Anymore.
The album will be available on vinylfor the first time in more than 30 years!
Pre-order yours for release on July 16, 2021:
Anymore For Anymore has been newly mastered at Abbey Road Studios, pressed on 180gm vinyl and is housed in a sleeve reproducing the original distinctive artwork. A new inner sleeve features rare photos and the lyrics to Ronnie’s original songs and the package includes a reproduction of the original album promo poster along with a download code.
Anymore For Anymore Track List:
1. Careless Love
2. Don’t You Cry For Me
3. Bye And Bye (Gonna See The King)
4. Silk Stockings
5. The Poacher
6. Roll On Babe
7. Tell Everyone
8. Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight
9. Anymore For Anymore
10. Only A Bird In A Gilded Cage
11. Chicken Wired
Many fans know Ronnie Lane for his celebrated songwriter with both his previous bands Small Faces and Faces. He’s the genius behind such iconic songs such as “Ooh La La,” “Itchycoo Park,” “All Or Nothing,” “Tin Soldier,” “Annie” and “Debris.” However, after tiring of the rock and roll world that had come to engulf and consume both bands, Lane decided to go solo, leaving behind London’s East End and taking his family and musician friends with him for a new life in the country.
Ronnie Lane & Slim Chance "The Poacher" Live on LWT's Supersonic
Originally released in July 1974 and recorded at his newly acquired ‘Fishpool’ farm in Wales, Anymore For Anymore saw Ronnie’s music embrace country, folk, bluegrass, music hall, soul and rhythm & blues to spellbinding effect. The album reached No.48 on the UK album chart, while single “The Poacher” peaked at No.36. Despite the modest chart position, the album has grown in stature since release.
Widely considered his best solo outing, and championed by the likes of Pete Townshend, Noel & Liam Gallagher, Paul Weller, and Jimmy Page, it’s an album now established as a “must-have” for any serious music lover, recognized as one of the great artistic records of the 1970s.
Get yours here!
We've been waiting a looooong time!
Hard to say,
24 years ago this beautiful face passed away.
~Ronnie Lane April 1, 1946 - June 4, 1997
Thank you to all of Ronnie's Fabulous Fans & Friends,
who so lovingly keep his memory, music and legacy alive to this very day!
Please visit the Working Website Index Page as we joyfully work
to bring you all things of the Legend Ronnie Lane
God Bless Us All,
To Kent & Ronnie in Heaven,
Slim Chance, carrying on the spirit of Ronnie Lane!
Slim Chance is pleased to announce the release of their new album,
Slim Chance ~ The Phoenix Tapes!
The next night, March 23, there will be a showing of the Passing Show!
SEE MORE AND WHERE TO GET YOUR TICKETS HERE:
To Slim Chance today ...Cheers!
Ronnie Lane had a few best mates and
stellar keyboardist of Small Faces and Faces, Ian McLagan,
just happened to be one of them.
Ian Mclagan was born May 12, 1945
and passed away December 3, 2014 at 69 years old.
This is Ian "Mac" McLagan, headed to the induction of
Small Faces and Faces into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
While it seems it will be quite some time getting to the Ian McLagan
solo page for the Ronnie Lane website, at this time you are invited to the page of fantastic photographer Mark Bowman, who was great friends
with both Ian McLagan and Ronnie Lane!
Hoping to get to Mac's page soon!
So many Ian McLagan images to get to!!!
In the meantime, feast your eyes at Ian's own website!
If you can't wait to see even more of Small Faces and Faces Ian McLagan
and are also a Facebook and/or Instagram Fan,
please also visit these fab appreciation pages:
Small Faces (public) https://www.facebook.com/groups/4972925967/
Small Faces Fan Club https://www.facebook.com/SmallFacesFanClub/
Faces (private) https://www.facebook.com/groups/373708196035146/
Small Faces https://www.instagram.com/the_small_faces/
Everyone misses you, Ian!
On this day May 6, 1966 Small Faces released their hit single "Hey Girl"
To celebrate, a page for Small Faces single "Hey Girl" has been started here:
Check out single sleeves and watch the fab Small Faces 2 minute black
and white promotional video for "Hey Girl".