by Robert Wilkinson
Yes, one of my favorite musicians and I share a birthday! While I didn't post a birthday tribute on April 1, get ready to dance to one rockin’ bass player!
Ronnie Lane (1 April 1946 – 4 June 1997) was the bass player, as well as played both rhythm and lead for the Small Faces, later to become simply The Faces, after Steve Marriott left and Rod Stewart and Ron Wood were added. The Faces launched Rod Stewart as a frontman, and after his stint with the Faces Ron Wood moved into being a Rolling Stone.
The Small Faces were one of England’s most rocking mod groups of the 60s. Known mainly in the US for the song “Itchycoo Park,” the Small Faces actually rocked a lot harder than many knew at the time. And I can assure you, they rocked just as hard behind Rod Stewart! I saw them live in 1970 (Deep Purple opened!!), and they were very tight and gave me one of my memorable concerts!
Ronnie Lane died way too young of MS, and the world was deprived of a great talent. Still, he left us a treasure trove of music, so tonight we dance to celebrate another April Fool!
For our Saturday Night Attitude tune, there was one that jumped out! From his album with the great Peter Townshend of the Who, here’s Ronnie giving us “April Fool”
Now we go back to the beginning! From 1966, a great clip of the Small Faces performing live on the German tv show Beat Beat Beat. Here they perform their first big hit, also made big by Manfred Mann! Cranking it up, here's Steve and the Faces belting out "Sha La La La Lee" (The sound is better on this clip than the next one.)
Here's For your enjoyment, the entire show! "Hey Girl," "All or Nothing," "Watcha Gonna Do 'Bout It,"and "Shalalalalee"
From 1967, again at the Beat Club, here are the very MOD Small Faces doing the psychedelic rocker "Green Circles. (The camera work is as psychedelic as the song!)
From 1967, the Small Faces live lip-synching “Itchycoo Park”
Again at the Beat Club, "I Can't Make It"
From Germany and the Beat Club in 1967, a live performance by my personal favorite by the Small Faces, “Tin Soldier”
Also from 1967, a live performance by the Small Faces of one of their early hits, “Lazy Sunday”
From 1968 on the "Color Me Pop" BBC television series, here the Small Faces rock hard performing "Song of A Baker."
We'll close his Small Faces section with two great rockers on Swedish television! First, another amazing performance of my favorite Small Faces song, "Tin Soldier," followed by Steve taking Jimi's "Foxey Lady" riff and turning it into something else entirely! "Rollin' Over"
Now from his time with the Faces, we begin with a a great 1970 live 24 minute video performance! The Faces Live At the Marquee Club
From 1971 on the BBC, Rod and the Faces live grinding out a very danceable version of "I Know I'm Losing You"
Here’s a great 45 minute video of a show from 1971! The Faces At the BBC Crown Jewels
From 1973, Ronnie and Slim Chance keeping us dancing with “How Come”
From 1974, here’s Ronnie Lane live performing “Ooh La La”
Also from 1974 on the BBC, here’s Ronnie and Slim Chance performing “Done This One Before” and “Flags and Banners”
From Rockpalast in 1980, a full one hour 20 minute show! Ronnie Lane in Concert - Rockpalast
From 1970, the audio-only entire second Rod Stewart album with the Faces! “Gasoline Alley”
From 1971, the audio-only entire third album! “Every Picture Tells A Story”
We’ll close this dance with a few audio-only clips from 1987, offered up by Ronnie Lane and the Tremors with the great Bobby Keys on Sax! Let’s start stompin’ to “Title Unknown” and move right into “You’re So Rude” followed by “Shakin’ All Over”
For the encore, the original studio album version of “April Fool”
From a couple of April Fools, I hope you had fun!
© Copyright 2014 Robert Wilkinson