Ron Wood Biography
by Greg Prato
Guitarist Ron Wood has been a member of several "classic" British rock outfits, but the one that hes undoubtedly most associated with is the Rolling Stones, with whom hes been a member since 1976. Born on June 1, 1947, in Hillingdon, London, Wood made his first appearance on record during the late 60s, as a member of the oft-overlooked mod outfit the Creation (Wood only appeared on a smattering of singles, collected years later on the compilation Complete Collection, Vol. 1: Making Time). Immediately after his split from the Creation, Wood was invited to play bass in the Jeff Beck Group, a band that also included a then-unknown Rod Stewart on vocals. Despite high hopes for the group (theyre often credited as one of the founders of hard rock/heavy metal), the band only managed to issue a pair of classic recordings, 1968s Truth and 1969s Beck-Ola, before splitting up just prior to an appearance at the legendary Woodstock festival. Wood and Stewart opted to stick together, as they joined the Small Faces the same year (with Wood returning back to the six-string).
Releasing one album under the Small Faces name, 1970s First Step, the group then shortened their name simply to the Faces and soon after became one of rocks most notoriously party-hearty outfits of the era (influencing such future punk outfits as the Sex Pistols and the Replacements, among others). Further albums followed (1971s Long Player and A Nod Is as Good as a Wink...to a Blind Horse, plus 1973s Ooh La La), before the group split up in 1975. Wood also found the time to issue a string of solo releases during the mid-70s: 1974s Ive Got My Own Album to Do, 1975s Now Look, and a collaboration with ex-Faces bandmate Ronnie Lane, 1976s Mahoneys Last Stand, but this era of Woods career is best-remembered for his enlistment into the Rolling Stones.
With the exit of Mick Taylor in 1974, the Stones began auditioning replacement guitarists, but all along, founding Stones guitarist Keith Richards knew that Wood (a longtime friend) was the man for the job. Wood contributed to half of the Stones 1976 album, Black and Blue, before becoming a full-time member and appearing on 1977s Love You Live and 1978s Some Girls. Although the Stones didnt issue any albums during 1979, the year was a busy one for Wood, as he issued his fourth solo release, Gimme Some Neck, and toured alongside Richards in a one-off side band, the New Barbarians. Wood and the Stones conquered the charts once more in the early 80s, with such hits as 1980s Emotional Rescue and 1981s Tattoo You, but tensions between Richards and Mick Jagger caused the group to not tour the U.S. between 1982-1988, while only managing to issue a pair of spotty studio albums (1983s Undercover and 1986s Dirty Work).
During this time, Wood issued such further solo albums as 1981s 1234 and 1988s Live at the Ritz (the latter a collaboration with Bo Diddley), and became an avid painter. Jagger and Richards eventually buried the hatchet by the late 80s, as the Stones sporadically issued new studio albums and toured from 1989 onward (1989s Steel Wheels, 1994s Voodoo Lounge, 1997s Bridges to Babylon, etc.). Wood has continued to issue solo recordings throughout the 90s and beyond (1992s Slide on This, 1994s Slide on Live: Plugged in and Standing, plus a pair in 2002, Not for Beginners and Live at Electric Ladyland). Additionally, Wood has guested on countless recordings by other artists over the years, including albums by the Band, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Donovan, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, and his old pal Rod Stewart, with whom he taped a popular edition of MTVs Unplugged in 1993, resulting in the hit album Unplugged...and Seated.
Дата публикации: 18/04/2008
Прочитано: 1995 раз
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