Faces' keyboardist Ian McLagan dies

Dec 04, 2014, 11:19 IST | PTI

Los Angeles: Ian McLagan, a fun-loving keyboardist who played on records by such artists as the Rolling Stones, Lucinda Williams, Bruce Springsteen and his own bands -- the Small Faces and its successor, the Faces --has died. He was 69.

The cause of death was complications from a stroke, according to a statement from his record label, Yep Roc Records, reported CNN.

Kenney Jones, the Faces' drummer who later joined the Who, expressed his sadness in the statement.

"I am completely devastated by this shocking news and I know this goes for Ronnie (Wood) and Rod (Stewart) also."

McLagan's resume was varied and eclectic, his soulful and often joyous organ fills heard on such albums as the Stones' Some Girls, Lucinda Williams' Car Wheels on a Gravel Road and John Mayer's Battle Studies.

A rousing live performer, he played with Bob Dylan and Springsteen and was scheduled to tour with Nick Lowe this winter.

His death comes on the heels of that of another Stones sideman, saxophone player Bobby Keys, who died on Tuesday.

McLagan, known as Mac, was born in Hounslow, Middlesex, England, in 1945. He joined the Small Faces in 1965 and the band had a four-year run of hits, including 'Sha La La La Lee,' 'All or Nothing' and 'Afterglow of Your Love,' the latter from their UK No 1 album, Ogden's Nut Gone Flake.

McLagan recorded a handful of albums on his own, including Troublemaker (1979), Bump in the Night (1980) and United States (2014), and in recent years led the Bump Band from his adopted hometown of Austin, Texas.

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