Watch Ronnie Wood and Ronnie Lane trade guitar and bass solos with the Faces on Paul McCartney's Maybe I'm Amazed

the Faces live onstage
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Ronnie Lane, bass player of the Small Faces and the Faces, and solo artist in his own right,  was born on April 1st and reveled in his status as an April Fool: funny, mischievous and multi-talented. His nickname "Plonk" was derived – depending on who you believe – from either the sound he made in his early attempts to play bass or because he was so well-endowed his penis would make a 'plonk' sound if slapped on the table (yep, different times).

He got into bass playing by mistake. "I knocked about with a couple of bands that played in public houses or drinking taverns," he said. "We could never get a bass player. Down on the East End of London it seemed nobody wanted to play the bass unless he was a real loser who couldn't play a lead instrument. They thought they could play the bass cause it only had four strings. That was the attitude toward the bass. 

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Tom Poak has written for the Hull Daily Mail, Esquire, The Big Issue, Total Guitar, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and more. In a writing career that has spanned decades, he has interviewed Brian May, Brian Cant, and cadged a light off Brian Molko. He has stood on a glacier with Thunder, in a forest by a fjord with Ozzy and Slash, and on the roof of the Houses of Parliament with Thin Lizzy's Scott Gorham (until some nice men with guns came and told them to get down). He has drank with Shane MacGowan, mortally offended Lightning Seed Ian Broudie and been asked if he was homeless by Echo & The Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch.