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Name: Ronald David Wood                                                             
Born: 1 June 1947 London, England                                                   
Ronald David "Ronnie" Wood (born 1 June 1947 in Hillingdon, London) is an           
English rock guitarist and bassist best known as a member of The Rolling Stones,   
Faces, and The Jeff Beck Group.                                                     
Wood began his career as a professional musician in 1964 as a guitarist with The   
Birds, a rhythm & blues band based in Yiewsley, West London. A popular live act     
with a considerable fan base, The Birds released several singles in the mid-60s;   
Wood wrote or co-wrote nearly half the songs the group recorded.                   
By 1967 the Birds had disbanded and Wood had joined the Jeff Beck Group as a       
bassist. Along with vocalist Rod Stewart, Wood did several tours with Beck, and     
recorded two albums: Truth in 1968 and Beck-Ola in 1969. In between Jeff Beck       
Group projects Wood also worked with The Creation.                                 
In 1969, after Steve Marriott left the Small Faces, Wood began working with the     
remaining members of that group, returning to his instrument of choice: the         
guitar. This line-up, plus Rod Stewart and ex-Bird Kim Gardner, teamed up with     
Wood's brother Art Wood in a formation called Quiet Melon, making a handful of     
recordings in May 1969. After the Jeff Beck Group's fifth US tour in July,         
Wood and Stewart joined the former Small Faces full-time, and the band's name       
was changed to Faces.                                                               
In the first half of the 1970s the Faces released four studio albums and were       
among the top-grossing live acts of the period. Besides his distinctive             
guitar work, Wood contributed harmonica, vocals and bass to the band's             
recordings, and co-wrote many of their songs, including "Stay With Me" (1971)       
and "Ooh La La" (1973). He also played on bandmate Stewart's first few solo         
albums, and is co-writer of the Rod Stewart classics "Gasoline Alley" (1970) and   
"Every Picture Tells a Story" (1971).                                               
In 1972 Wood and Faces bassist Ronnie Lane composed the soundtrack to the film     
Mahoney's Last Stand; the soundtrack, which was released as an LP in 1976,         
also features Faces bandmates Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones, along with             
contributions from Pete Townshend and Ric Grech. Wood also performed with           
Townshend, Grech, Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi and Eric Clapton at Clapton's         
Rainbow Concert in 1973.                                                           
In December 1973, Wood collaborated with Mick Jagger on the song "It's Only Rock'n 
Roll (But I Like It)". Both Jagger and Keith Richards contributed to Wood's         
first solo album, I've Got My Own Album to Do, released in 1974.                   
Following Mick Taylor's departure from the Rolling Stones in December 1974, Wood   
participated in the band's March 1975 recording sessions for their forthcoming     
album Black and Blue. Although still a member of the Faces, he toured               
North America with the Rolling Stones in 1975; the Faces announced their break-up   
in December of that year, and Wood was officially pronounced a member of the       
Rolling Stones in February 1976.                                                   
In the Rolling Stones, Wood specializes in playing slide guitar, lap steel and     
pedal steel guitar, and contributes one half of the "ancient art of weaving" -     
his and Keith Richards' term for a style of interchange between guitarists that     
blurs the boundaries between rhythm and lead. He also occasionally plays           
bass guitar, as seen during 1975 concert performances of "Fingerprint File",       
when Mick Jagger played rhythm guitar and bassist Bill Wyman moved to               
synthesizer. The Rolling Stones single "Emotional Rescue" also features Wood on     
bass. He has been given credit as a co-writer for a dozen songs, including "Dance", 
"Black Limousine", "One Hit (to the Body)" and "Had It With You".                   
In 1975 Wood released his second solo album, Now Look; his third, Gimme Some       
Neck, came out in 1979. To promote it, Wood formed and toured with The New         
Barbarians, playing 20 concerts in Canada and the US in April/May and the           
Knebworth Festival in the UK in August.                                             
Throughout the 1980s, Wood played as a member of the Rolling Stones; continued     
his solo career, releasing the album 1234 in 1981; painted; and collaborated       
with a number of other artists, including Prince, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Eric     
Clapton, Bo Diddley and Aretha Franklin.                                           
At the 1985 Live Aid Concert in Philadelphia, Wood along with Keith Richards       
performed in the penultimate set with Bob Dylan. During the performance of "Blowin' 
in the Wind", one of Dylan's guitar strings broke. Wood gave Dylan his guitar in   
order to keep the performance seamless, and played air guitar until a stagehand     
brought him a replacement.                                                         
In 1988 Wood opened "Woody's on the Beach" in Miami, a club featuring a house       
band headed by Bobby Keys, hosting performances by local acts, friends of Wood's   
and occasionally Wood himself. The defunct hotel which housed the club allowed     
Wood to set up a VIP area upstairs, displaying Wood's artwork and providing         
private party areas. The club was popular, but was closed due to complaints from   
neighbours who found it too loud.                                                   
In 1990 Wood was made a fully-fledged partner in the Rolling Stones' financial     
organization. During the '90s the Rolling Stones released two studio albums         
and three concert albums, as well as touring in 1990, 1994-95 and 1997-99.         
In addition, Wood released his seventh solo album, Slide On This, in 1992; he       
toured to promote this album in North America and Japan. His appearance in 1993     
with former bandmate Rod Stewart on MTV Unplugged resulted in a hit album           
entitled Unplugged...and Seated; the concert album that Wood released in 1993       
from his own tour was called Slide On Live: Plugged In and Standing.               
Since 2000 Wood has continued to combine solo work with his Rolling Stones         
schedule. Following the 2001 release of his album Not For Beginners, Wood toured   
England and Ireland in 2001 and 2002 with his own group, The Ronnie Wood Band.     
The band included members of his own family, Slash and Andrea Corr. After the       
tour a DVD called Far East Man was released.                                       
Wood toured with the Rolling Stones in 2002-03; in 2004 he performed several one-off
concerts and guest appearances, including a number of appearances with Rod         
Stewart. Later in the year the two expressed intentions of finishing the studio     
work on a collaborative album to be entitled You Strum and I'll Sing. In 2005,     
however, Wood was again busy with the Rolling Stones, recording their album A       
Bigger Bang and then embarking on a world tour that would continue through         
August 2007.                                                                       
In 2005 Wood launched his own record company, Wooden Records, which has released   
recordings by his daughter Leah, The New Barbarians and others.                     
In November 2006, during a break in the Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang tour, Wood   
played guitar on three tracks for British soul artist Beverley Knight's album       
Music City Soul, released in 2007.