Rock star and 'Faces' member Ian McLagan dies at 69 in Texas

Wed Dec 3, 2014 8:00pm EST
 
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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Ian McLagan, the keyboard player for English rock bands "Small Faces" and "Faces," died on Wednesday in Texas at the age of 69 due to complications from a stroke suffered the previous day, his official web page said.

As a member of Small Faces, McLagan was known for his distinctive Hammond Organ and Wurlitzer electric piano play in one of the most influential mod bands of the 1960s.

The band later changed its name to Faces and after it split up McLagan went on to tour and record with some of the biggest names in pop music, ranging from The Rolling Stones to country music great Lucinda Williams.

The Faces also included rock greats Ron Wood, Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones and singer Rod Stewart. The band scored hits in the United States and Great Britain in the 1970s with songs that included "Stay With Me."

Former band mate Jones said "I am completely devastated by this shocking news and I know this goes for Ronnie and Rod as well," according to a post on the website.

McLagan moved to Austin, Texas about 20 years ago and formed the Bump Band. He was a fixture on local radio and the club circuit in a city dubbed "the live music capital of America."

McLagan was scheduled to start a U.S. tour on Wednesday, opening for his former label mate Nick Lowe, his website said.

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Ronnie Wood (R), Kenny Jones (2nd R) and Ian McLagan (3rd R) pose with their awards after being inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio April 14, 2012. On the left is Mick Hucknall who was performing as a stand-in for Small Faces member Rod Stewart. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk