REMEMBERING RONNIE LANE: A Small Face’s Large Legacy

Aside from the fact that Ronnie Lane would have turned 69 today, everything else about my post from last year still holds. Still a great singer and songwriter, and co-founder of two of the best bands to ever come out of England (or any other place, for that matter). And still sorely missed. Ronnie’s old mate, Ian McLagan, who also tragically passed away late last year, did his old mate proud in the interviews I conducted with him over the years. Last year, I raised a glass to Ronnie. Today, I raise a glass to two troubadours of the highest order — one of whom I was fortunate to meet.

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So where's the Combat Zone again? The Faces bide their time on Lansdowne Street in Boston, 1970. FIVE GUYS WALK INTO A BAR (Mac’s already inside!): So where’s the Combat Zone again? The Faces bide their time on Lansdowne Street in Boston, 1970. Photo credit and special thanks to A.J. Sullivan for these little-seen images. Go to to see more of his work

Thinking of the late, great Ronnie Lane today on what would have been his 68th birthday. Lane, of course, was a singer-songwriter-bassist for both the Small Faces and later, when pint-sized frontman Steve Marriott left to start Humble Pie with Peter Frampton, the Faces. (When singer Rod Stewart and guitarist Ron Wood joined, the “small” designation in the moniker was dropped due to the new members’ being around 5’10”,  which mucked up the 5’6″-and-under club that the Small Faces had been). No matter. These were two terrific, albeit dramatically different, bands with the addition and subtraction of personnel. After leaving the Faces due to squabbles…

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