Ronnie Lane, "Roll On Babe"
KOSMO's VINYL of the Week:
This week we are near the village of Hyssington on the Welsh border with Shropshire, for Ronnie Lane's version of Derroll Adams' "Roll On Babe", first released on the "Anymore For Anymore" LP on GM in July 1974...
"I recently read that Yo La Tengo had just recorded this, and although their version is a faithful cover of Ronnie's arrangement, it is in fact a cover of a cover. Bass player, singer and songwriter Ronnie Lane was the foundation of both The Small Faces and the later, taller version. He walked away from The Faces at the peak of their popularity and also away from all the trappings of the rock star lifestyle. He was an unpretentious man, who wanted to live an unpretentious life, and made unpretentious music. Sadly he died of multiple sclerosis aged 51 in 1997, having lived with the disease for over 20 years.
The phrase "diamond geezer" comes to mind whenever I'm thinking of him." - KV
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