Faces/Rolling Stones Keyboardist Ian McLagan Has Died

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McLagen died of a stroke in Austin, Texas yesterday.

He was best known for his work with the group Small Faces, who had an American top 20 hit with ‘Itchycoo Park’.

After Steve Marriott left Small Faces to form Humble Pie in 1969, guitarist Ronnie Wood and singer Rod Stewart were added to the lineup as the band changed their name to Faces.  their biggest hit came in early 1972 with the top 10 track ‘Stay With Me’, featuring Rod on lead vocals.

After Faces splintered and eventually broke up, Ian joined The Rolling Stones for a series of classic recording sessions that produced the album ‘Some Girls’ that included the hit ‘Miss You’.

He later played on sessions for Carly Simon, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.

In 2012 Small Faces and Faces were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Ian McLagan had moved to Austin in the early 1990’s because of its vibrant music scene, and was about to start a tour of North America with Nick Lowe in the new year.

He was 69  years old.

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