The Ronnie Lane Page

I'd rather make my church the open road
Yes, and I'd rather take this writing off the wall

-- "32nd Street" (One for the Road)

We used to roam so freely; it's been so long
I'll take my dreams to bed now, where they belong

-- "April Fool" (Rough Mix)

To my knowledge, when this site first went online in early 1996, it was the first Ronnie Lane site on the Internet. It now stands as an archive and tribute.

Ronnie Lane was bassist, songwriter, and occasional vocalist with one of the great bands of the 1960's, the Small Faces, and one of the coolest bands of all time, the Faces. He also recorded brilliantly with Ron Wood and with Pete Townshend, with his own band Slim Chance and as a solo artist. This page and the resource links aim to introduce Ronnie Lane's life and times, and provide some idea of why I like his music so much. (Please mail any comments, suggestions, additional information to me at gisele.baxter@gmail.com and put G.M. Baxter's Ronnie Lane Page in the subject line); thanks so much to all the Ronnie Lane fans out there.) My love for Ronnie Lane's music is something I can't explain perfectly: it isn't characteristic of the music I generally turn to. And sometimes I wonder whether two great bands, the Small Faces and the Faces, fell apart at least partly because of creative disputes which arose from his musical influences being at odds with everyone else's. Lane was to his bands something of what Pete Townshend was to the Who: brilliant, striking rather than glamorous, susceptible to mysticism, and grounded more in rural blues and troubador attitude and English folk traditions than the sharp-dressed pop ethos. Yet his contributions to both bands, especially in his melodic bass technique and his meditative songwriting, are acknowledged by his former bandmates, and listen to the early Small Faces material for the strong and undeniable influence of American R&B. Ronnie Lane's own wonderfully arranged work, performed with intensity and passion in a great English folk voice -- strong and clear and lilting yet appropriately rough round the edges -- deserves a much wider audience. All of the material here is available on CD.

Selective Discography

Evolution:

Well, I've been a tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor
Known good times and disaster....

-- Ronnie Lane, "Stone"

Other Resources:

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Copyright Gisèle M. Baxter 1996-present. All rights reserved.



Last updated 17 August, 2011.