Faces Photography


The Faces formed in 1969 when Small Faces members Ian McLagan (keyboards), Ronnie Lane (bass) and Kenney Jones (drums) linked up with former Jeff Beck Group members Rod Stewart (vocals) and Ronnie Wood (guitar). Though they only recorded four studio albums in the early ’70s, their boozy blend of rock and blues made them instant fan favorites.

Across that brief but bountiful time, the group notched such classics as “Stay With Me,” “Cindy Incidentally,” “Pool Hall Richard” and “Ooh La La,” alongside the Temptations-penned “(I Know) I’m Losing You” (which ended up on one of Stewart’s early solo albums). After the band parted ways in 1976, individual members continued to find fame with Wood joining the Rolling Stones and Stewart’s breakout transition to solo superstardom.

Throughout the decades, the Faces influenced everyone from the Sex Pistols, the Damned and Oasis on down, and finally earned their slot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Though various incarnations of the group have briefly reconvened on occasion, Lane’s death in 1997 and McLagan’s 2014 passing have ruled out any complete reunions.

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