Ian McLagan Visits The GRAMMY Museum

Small Faces/Faces keyboardist discusses his storied collaborations with Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood and the Rolling Stones
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    Ian McLagan at the GRAMMY Museum
  • Photo: Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images
    Ian McLagan performs at the GRAMMY Museum
October 10, 2013 -- 3:28 pm PDT

Keyboardist Ian McLagan of British rock band the Faces recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's An Evening With series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, McLagan discussed being a member of the Small Faces, how Muddy Waters inspired him to team with GRAMMY winners Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood to form the Faces and seeing the Rolling Stones perform for the first time, among other topics. McLagan also performed a brief set, including "A Little Black Number" and the Faces' "Glad And Sorry."

"Rod Stewart, Steve Marriott, Ronnie Wood and I had an equal love for Muddy Waters. Each of us had the Muddy Waters live, At Newport 1960, album," said McLagan. "If you haven't heard it, it's why the Faces got together because we knew all those songs so we instantly had a repertoire of Muddy Waters songs."

Born in Hounslow, Middlesex, England, McLagan has been a constant force in music since the '60s. In 1965 he joined the Small Faces — comprising McLagan, Kenney Jones, Ronnie Lane, and Steve Marriott — and recorded hits such as "Itchycoo Park." Following the departure of Marriott, the Small Faces recruited Stewart and Wood in 1969, changing the group's name to the Faces. The Faces released hit albums such as their 1970 debut, First Step, 1971's Long Player, 1972's A Nod Is As Good As A Wink ... To A Blind Horse, and 1973's Ooh La La. In 2012 the Small Faces and Faces were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

After the Faces disbanded in 1975, McLagan toured and recorded with the Rolling Stones and worked as a session musician for artists such as Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Melissa Etheridge, Bonnie Raitt, and Bruce Springsteen, among others. McLagan embarked on a solo career in 1979 with the release of Troublemaker, which cracked the Billboard 200. He followed with albums such as 1980's Bump In The Night, 2000's Best Of British, which he recorded with his own Bump Band, and 2004's Rise And Shine. McLagan's most recent album, Never Say Never, was released in 2008 and features 10 tracks, including "A Little Black Number."

McLagan is scheduled to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2013 Music Masters tribute concert in honor of the Rolling Stones on Oct. 26 in New York.

Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include The Drop: Linda Thompson (Oct. 15), Songwriters Hall Of Fame: Songwriters-In-The-Round (Oct. 22) and Reel To Reel: Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin' (Oct. 30).

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