Ronald David Wood (born 1 June 1947) is an English rock musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, artist, author and radio personality best known as a member of The Rolling Stones since 1975, as well as a member of Faces and the Jeff Beck Group. Wood began his career in 1964, when he joined The Birds on guitar. He then joined the mod group The Creation, but remained with the group only for a short time and appeared on a small number of singles. Wood joined the Jeff Beck Group in 1967 as a bass player. The band released two albums, Truth and Beck-Ola, which became moderate successes.
The group split in 1969, and Wood departed along with lead vocalist Rod Stewart to join former Small Faces members Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones in a new group named Faces. The group found great success in the UK and mainland Europe, though were relegated to cult status in the United States. Faces released its debut album, First Step, in 1970. The group went on to release Long Player and A Nod Is As Good As a Wink... to a Blind Horse in 1971. Their last LP, titled Ooh La La, was released in 1973.
As the group began to split, Wood started several solo projects, eventually recording his first solo LP, I've Got My Own Album to Do, in 1974. The album featured bandmate McLagan as well as former Beatle George Harrison and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, a longtime friend of Wood's. Richards soon invited Wood to join the Rolling Stones, after the departure of Mick Taylor. Wood joined in 1975 and has remained a member ever since.
Links to Peel
Over his long career, Ronnie Woods has been a member of several bands much played by Peel, including one of his all-time favourite ensembles, the Faces.
In 1999, to celebrate Peel's 60th birthday, the musician appeared on Dear John - Ronnie Wood, part of the BBC's Peel Night, praising the DJ for playing The Faces and recalling how the band got him to appear on Top Of The Pops, pretending to play the mandolin on Rod Stewart solo single 'Maggie May': “I’ve never seen John more embarrassed ..."
After the DJ's death, Wood was among those who paid tribute in the Channel 4 TV documentary John Peel's Record Box.
- D011 (unknown date): I Got A Feeling (LP – Now Look) Warner Bros.
- 13 August 1976: 'Big Bayou (LP-Now Look)' (Warner Bros.)
- 18 August 1976: Carribbean Boogie (album - Now Look) Warner Bros.