Ronnie Lane

Was An English Musician + Songwriter and Record Producer
Born Apr 1, 1946

Ronald Frederick "Ronnie" Lane was an English musician, songwriter, and producer who is best known as the bass guitarist and founding member of two prominent English rock and roll bands; the Small Faces where he was nicknamed "Plonk", (1965–69) – and, after losing the band's frontman, Faces, with two new members added to the line up, who dubbed him "Three-Piece" (1969–73).… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Ronnie Lane.


1946 Birth Born on April 1, 1946.


1965 19 Years Old The Small Faces consisted of Lane on bass guitar, Marriott as guitarist and lead vocalist, Kenney Jones as drummer, and Winston on keyboards. (The name "Small" was chosen as they were all under 5'5" in height.) They made their debut in 1965, with Ian McLagan replacing Winston in November 1965. … Read More


1968 22 Years Old At least a dozen successful songs credit Lane, and the 1968 concept album Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake features songs co-written by Lane with one exception. … Read More
1969 23 Years Old Lane formed the Faces with McLagan, Jones, Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart in 1969. … Read More
1973 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Unhappy due to poor reviews of the album and Stewart's lack of commitment, Lane quit in 1973, making his last appearance at the Sundown Theatre in Edmonton, London, on 4 June.
1975 29 Years Old He was replaced by Tetsu Yamauchi but tellingly, the group made no further studio albums following Lane's departure and split in 1975.


1976 30 Years Old In late 1976 he joined a short-lived reformation of Small Faces but quit after two rehearsals, to be replaced by Rick Wills (who later played alongside former Small Faces drummer Kenney Jones in the Jones Gang). … Read More
1977 31 Years Old His ensuing album with Pete Townshend, Rough Mix, produced by Glyn Johns, which was released in 1977, was lauded as contender for best album of the year by many critics, but the label did not promote it and sales were lackluster.
1979 33 Years Old During the recording of Rough Mix, Lane's multiple sclerosis was diagnosed. Nonetheless he toured, wrote and recorded (with Eric Clapton among others) and in 1979 released another album, See Me, which features several songs written by Lane and Clapton. … Read More
1983 37 Years Old In 1983 his girlfriend Boo Oldfield contacted Glyn Johns with a view to organising a concert to help fund Action for Research into Multiple Sclerosis. … Read More
1984 38 Years Old Lane emigrated to Texas, USA, in 1984 (first to Houston, then Austin), where the climate was more beneficial to his health and he continued playing, writing, and recording. … Read More


1992 46 Years Old His last performance was in 1992 at a Ronnie Wood gig alongside Ian McLagan.
1994 48 Years Old In 1994 Ronnie and his wife Susan moved to the small town of Trinidad, Colorado. … Read More


1996 50 Years Old Ride recorded 'A Trip Down Ronnie Lane' as a b-side to their final single 'Black Nite Crash' in 1996.
1997 51 Years Old 1 More Event
The Ocean Colour Scene song "Travellers Tune" on their 1997 studio album Marchin' Already was inspired by and written in the memory of Ronnie Lane, a strong influence on the group, which appeared at the tribute concert for Ronnie Lane. … Read More
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