Happy Birthday today to Ronald David “Ronnie” Wood, born on this day in 1947.
As his day job he’s the new boy in the greatest rock n’ roll group in the world, The Rolling Stones (he’s only been with them for 30 years); he can paint, he can sing and now he’s winning awards for his weekend job as a radio DJ! Ron is one of rock’s true originals.
He began his musical career in 1964 when he joined The Birds on guitar, (the UK group, not The Byrds). He then joined the mod group The Creation, then The Jeff Beck Group in 1968, playing bass after Dave Ambrose and Jet Harris both didn’t work out. They released two very highly-regarded albums, Truth and Beck-Ola, before the group split in 1970, Wood departing along with lead vocalist Rod Stewart to join former Small Faces members Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan, and Kenney Jones in a new group, dubbed the Faces.
Ron was always the obvious choice for The Stones. He played and looked like a Rolling Stone and following guitarist Mick Taylor’s departure from the group in 1974, Ron was the man and has been on the payroll ever since.
Away from his day job, Ronnie has found time to collaborate with a number of other artists, including Prince, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Bo Diddley, Ringo Starr and Aretha Franklin.
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