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Ronnie Lane

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(1 April 1946 – 4 June 1997)

Ronnie Lane (1 April 1946 - 4 June 1997) was an English singer, songwriter and bass player (nicknamed “Plonk”) best known for his membership in two prominent English rock bands, Small Faces (1965-69) and Faces (1970-75).
He quit Faces in 1973 and formed his own band, Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance, in 1973 to record the hit single “How Come” (UK No. 11) and “The Poacher”, then the album Anymore for Anymore, showcasing his own blend of British rock music, folk, and country music.

After initial success with the singles, he commenced a tour called “the Passing Show”, touring the UK as a carnival, complete with tents, barkers, etc. Viv Stanshall, from the The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, was a short-lived ringmaster (of sorts).
Lane moved to Island Records and issued Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance and One For The Road. In late 1976, he joined a short-lived reformation of the Small Faces, but quit after two rehearsals, to be replaced by Rick Wills (who currently plays alongside the former Small Faces drummer, Kenney Jones, in The Jones Gang). However, since Lane had already signed a contract with Atlantic Records as part of the reformed Small Faces, Atlantic informed him that he owed them an album. Pete Townshend recorded an album with Lane, titled Rough Mix, which was released in 1977. Rough Mix was lauded as contender for best album of the year by many critics, but the label did not promote it, and sales were thereby lacklustre. Rough Mix not only left Lane out of debt to the label, but it cemented his credentials as an unsung hero.

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  • DuGallagher

    Masterpiece Genious!

    26 Oct 2013 Reply
  • azfad

    Inspirational artist. One of the most under-rated in the history of rock n' roll.

    4 Sep 2013 Reply
  • zoarces

    Ronnie was amazing. I always feel his warm personality shines through the music. Bless you Ronnie.

    5 Dec 2012 Reply
  • M_Mochi

    Ronnie Lane was a sweet man. <3

    8 Jun 2012 Reply
  • pepganzo

    hello my friend. do you like faces? try to change faces' principal image, vote it uP! http://www.lastfm.it/music/Faces/+images/75912648

    24 Mar 2012 Reply
  • ilsonowl

    Saw Slim Chance on Friday evening ... superb !

    28 Nov 2010 Reply
  • ihavesoldout

    o m g

    14 Jun 2010 Reply
  • TowserBugs

    He deserves much more plays

    17 Nov 2009 Reply
  • nigeyb

    You've gotta love Ronnie Lane. Leaves The Faces to start living in his mobile recording studio and making music that is often the polar opposite of The Faces wonderful boogie rock. Three top-notch solo studio albums in which Ronnie crafted his own brand of rock that included a variety of styles and instrumental combinations often backed by a large ensemble of mostly acoustic instruments.

    15 Nov 2009 Reply
  • strajnic

    How come "How Come" has so few plays? It's just not fair!

    8 Mar 2009 Reply
  • DakoSuede

    aupa Ronnie!!

    6 Mar 2009 Reply
  • harajukudude

    a group for people who love to discover great bands that none of your friends know about ! http://www.last.fm/group/Esoteric+Freaks

    24 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Biff_Bang_Pow

    FANTASTIC. Everyone should totally love Ronnie Lane, be it with or without Slim Chance. I don't show them enough appreciation :(

    29 Jan 2009 Reply
  • LiamGallagher

    indeed.

    19 Jan 2009 Reply
  • JustsoJoe

    If you like this you must be a cool dude who loves music

    10 Jan 2009 Reply
  • MrLark

    An absolute legend. But how come the music's not licensed to last.fm? that's just rubbish

    2 Jun 2008 Reply
  • PappaWheelie

    I regret that it has taken me this long to discover his solo work. Very fulfilling.

    14 Dec 2007 Reply
  • Prospero_again

    Brilliant man, heart of 2 great bands, and superb solo artist, completely underestimated, you only have to listen!

    13 Jun 2007 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    How Come (?) so few plays... oh and The Poacher is a superb track too

    3 Jun 2007 Reply
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