Keyboardist Ian McLagan died suddenly of a massive stroke. He was 69.
McLagan was best known for his days with the Small Faces which later morphed into The Faces when lead singer Steve Marriott was replaced by Rod Stewart.
McLagan’s post-Small Faces/Faces career saw him work as a session man and sideman with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry and Billy Bragg among many others. The British born McLagan made his home in Austin, Texas where he formed The Bump Band in the late ’70’s. Earlier this year, McLagan joined the garage rock band supergroup The Empty Hearts.
The above video is the Small Faces’ classic “Tin Soldier” featuring P.P. Arnold on backing vocals. But my favorite part of this song is McLagan’s keyboard riff which begins the song.
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