THE SMALL FACES: Itchycoo Park

NEW YORK TIMES: Ian McLagan (pictured, right), a keyboardist with the British rock bands the Small Faces and later the Faces, and a sideman who traveled widely in top-tier rockcircles, touring or recording with Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen, among others, died on Wednesday in Austin, Tex. He was 69. […] Mr. McLagan, who was born in London on May 12, 1945, joined the Small Faces as an organist in the mid-1960s, bringing a rollicking flair — the jazz organist Jimmy Smith has been cited as an influence — to a band that provided some of the signature sounds of the fashion-flashy Carnaby Street era of British rock. Not as prominent in the United States as in England — the band’s best-known and most successful song in America was “Itchycoo Park,” which reached the Top 20 in 1968 — the Small Faces morphed into the more popular Faces IanMcLaganwhen Steve Marriott, the lead singer, left to form Humble Pie, and the guitarist Ronnie Wood and the singer Rod Stewart joined the three remaining members: Mr. McLagan, the bassist Ronnie Lane and the drummer Kenney Jones. MORE

ROLLING STONE: After hearing Booker T. and the M.G.’s, he became interested in the organ. McLagan once described another pivotal moment seeing the Rolling Stones in 1963 at the Crawdaddy Club: “The sound, the throbbing bass and the harmonica on top [had] convinced me they were black until I walked in. Then it was a case of, ‘Well blimey, I love this music, I’m trying to play it, maybe I can.'” McLagan became a regular on the London mod scene, but never considered himself one. “I was never really a mod,” he wrote. “I thought I was more of a beatnik with the brown corduroy jacket, blue jeans, etc. I loved the music Mods liked and I loved the clothes, but I didn’t have any money to spend on them.” MORE