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Name: Ronnie Lane                                                                     
Birth name: Ronald Frederick Lane                                                     
Born: 1 April 1946 Plaistow, East London                                             
Died: 4 June 1997 Trinidad, Colorado, United States                                   
Ronald Frederick "Ronnie" Lane (1 April 1946 - 4 June 1997) was an English           
singer, songwriter and bass player (nicknamed "Plonk") best known for his             
membership in two prominent English rock bands, the Small Faces (1965-69) and         
Faces (1970-75).                                                                     
He quit the Faces in 1973 and formed his own band, Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance, in     
1973 to record the hit single "How Come" (UK No. 11) and "The Poacher" (UK No.       
36), then the album Anymore For Anymore, showcasing his own blend of British         
rock music, folk, and country music.                                                 
After initial success with the singles, he commenced a tour called "The Passing       
Show", touring the UK as a carnival, complete with tents, barkers, etc. Viv           
Stanshall, from the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, was a short-lived ringmaster (of         
Lane moved to Island Records and issued Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance and One For         
The Road. In late 1976, he joined a short-lived reformation of the Small Faces,       
but quit after two rehearsals, to be replaced by Rick Wills (who currently plays     
alongside the former Small Faces drummer, Kenney Jones, in the Jones Gang).           
However, since Lane had already signed a contract with Atlantic Records as part       
of the reformed Small Faces, Atlantic informed him that he owed them an album.       
Pete Townshend recorded an album with Lane, titled Rough Mix, which was released     
in 1977. Rough Mix was lauded as contender for best album of the year by many         
critics, but the label did not promote it, and sales were thereby lacklustre.         
Rough Mix not only left Lane out of debt to the label, but it cemented his           
credentials as a solid performer.                                                     
During the recording of Rough Mix, Lane was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (his   
mother had also suffered, and died, from the disease). Nonetheless, he toured,       
wrote, and recorded (with Eric Clapton, among many others) and managed to             
release yet another album, See Me, which features several songs written by Lane       
and Clapton.                                                                         
In 1983, his girlfriend, Boo Oldfield, contacted record producer Glyn Johns in       
the hopes of getting a concert going to help fund Action for Research into           
Multiple Sclerosis, a London-based organization. Johns was already arranging         
Clapton's Command Performance for Prince Charles, so they decided to book the         
Royal Albert Hall for another couple of nights and hold a benefit. The resulting     
A.R.M.S. Concerts featured Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood,       
Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Kenney Jones, Andy Fairweather-Low, and more. With         
the addition of Joe Cocker and Paul Rodgers, they toured the U.S. It was during       
this time that Rodgers and Page started the band, The Firm.