Obit: Ian McLagan

He was the keyboard player in the Small Faces and then the Faces, and played with everyone, including the Stones on Miss You. And he had a stroke yesterday, and died today.

He married Keith Moon’s widow years ago, and eventually settled in Austin, then lost her to a car accident. His last project was a supergroup of old guys: The Cars Elliot Easton on guitar, Blondie’s Clem Burke on drums, the Romantic’s lead singer Wally Palmar, and the Chesterfield King’s bass player, Andy Babiuk. They called themselves The Empty Hearts (well, they asked Steve Van Zandt for a name and he suggested this one.) The arrangements are spare but McLagan contributes piano and organ where appropriate.

Sounds a little like the Smithereens, which isn’t a bad thing.

One thought on “Obit: Ian McLagan

  1. Boo hoo. I so loved the Small Faces, and almost everything I ever heard McLagan participated in.

    This cut popped into my head. I put Ogdens Nut Gone on my essentials list. This song is so good and rich. Marriott is soooo good, and the drums are killer too, but the organ and piano are out of this world.

    Thanks Ian!

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