Ian McLagan

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Ian McLagan
Ian McLagan.jpg
McLagan performing with the Bump Band
Background information
Birth name Ian Patrick McLagan
Also known as Mac
Born (1945-05-12) 12 May 1945 (age 69)
Hounslow, Middlesex, England
Genres Rock 'n' roll
rhythm & blues
hard rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, organ, piano, harmonica, guitar, bass guitar, drums
Associated acts Small Faces
Rod Stewart
The Rolling Stones
The New Barbarians
Bump Band
Billy Bragg and the Blokes
Michael Grimm
Izzy Stradlin
The Empty Hearts
Website ianmclagan.com
Notable instruments
Hammond B3 Organ
Wurlitzer electric piano
Steinway Grand Piano

Ian Patrick 'Mac' McLagan (/ˈən məkˈlæɡən/; born 12 May 1945, West Middlesex Hospital, Isleworth, Middlesex[1]) is an English keyboard instrumentalist, best known as a member of the English Rock bands Small Faces and Faces.[1] He has also collaborated with The Rolling Stones and has been leading his own band since the late 1970s.

Small Faces and Faces[edit]

McLagan first started playing in bands in the early 1960s, initially using the Hohner Cembalet before switching to the Hammond Organ and Wurlitzer electric piano, as well as occasional guitar. He was influenced by Cyril Davies' All Stars,[2] and his first professional group was the Muleskinners, followed by the Boz People with future King Crimson and Bad Company member Boz Burrell.[3] In 1965 he was hired, for the princely sum of £30 a week to join Small Faces by their manager, Don Arden, replacing Jimmy Winston. Once the 'probation' period ended, his pay was reduced to £20 a week, which was what the other band members were getting. They never received more than that because Don Arden collected all the proceeds of their hard earned work, and it wasn't until 1997 that they started receiving any royalties. Mac played his debut gig with them at London's Lyceum Theatre on 2 November that year.[4] In 1969, after Steve Marriott left the group and Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood joined, the band changed its name to Faces.

Work with other musicians[edit]

After the Faces split up in 1975, McLagan worked as a sideman for The Rolling Stones, both in the studio, on tour and on various Ronnie Wood projects, including The New Barbarians. In addition, his session work has backed such artists as Chuck Berry, Jackson Browne, Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Melissa Etheridge, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Westerberg, Izzy Stradlin, Frank Black, Nikki Sudden, John Mayer, Bruce Springsteen[1] and Tony Scalzo. McLagan has been a member of Billy Bragg's band since 1997.[citation needed]

McLagan (front) with reunited Faces at the Royal Albert Hall, October 2009

McLagan plays piano on the studio side of the album The London Chuck Berry Sessions.

On 25 September 2010, at Stubbs in Austin, Texas, McLagan joined The Black Crowes on keyboards and vocals for their encore set. The set included two Faces songs, "You're So Rude" and "Glad and Sorry".

Also in 2013, he appeared with the Warren Haynes' band at the Moody Theater in Austin Texas playing piano on one number and organ on the other. In 2014, McLagan was a founding member of The Empty Hearts. The group recorded on 429 Records and McLagan's bandmates included Blondie drummer Clem Burke, The Chesterfield Kings bassist Andy Babiuk, The Cars guitarist Elliot Easton, and The Romantics guitarist and vocalist Wally Palmar.[5] The band's self-titled first album was released 5 August 2014 and produced by Ed Satsium.

Bump Band[edit]

McLagan has also released several solo albums. An in-demand player, he has filled the role of bandleader with his own Bump Band since 1977. He currently lives in Austin and does gig nights at local clubs and bars. Ian McLagan & The Bump Band played at the 2006 Austin City Limits Music Festival, and opened for The Rolling Stones in Austin, Texas in 2006.

Personal life[edit]

McLagan developed a relationship with Kim Kerrigan, the young estranged wife of Keith Moon, drummer of The Who. She divorced Moon and lived with McLagan, and her daughter Amanda (from her marriage to Moon). The two married in 1978, one month after Moon died at the age of 32. Kerrigan died in a traffic accident near their home in Austin, Texas on 2 August 2006. She was 57.[6]

McLagan published an autobiography, All the Rage: A Riotous Romp Through Rock & Roll History, in 2000, and added, appended and reprinted it in 2013.



  1. ^ a b c Allmusic biography – accessed July 2008
  2. ^ Myers, Paul (2007). "It Ain't Easy: Long John Baldry and the Birth of the British Blues". Greystone Books. p. 64. ISBN 9781553652007. 
  3. ^ McLagan, Ian (2000). All the Rage: A Riotous Romp Through Rock and Roll History. Crown Publishing Group. ISBN 9780823078424. 
  4. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 152. CN 5585. 
  5. ^ "Meet the Empty Hearts," Billboard 8 May 2014 accessed online at http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6084531/empty-hearts-blondie-cars-romantics-chesterfield-kings-album-song-listen
  6. ^ News Report

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