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Wood began his career in 1964 with the Birds, based in Yiewsley, West London. By the late 1960s, he was part of The Creation, then joined the Jeff Beck Group as a bass player together with singer Rod Stewart. They split up, however, after Beck-Ola in 1969.
With Rod Stewart, Ron joined The Small Faces shortly before the new group was renamed The Faces. Though mostly known in the States as Rod Stewart's former back up band, the Faces were huge in the UK, and rivaled The Rolling Stones in popularity. Live, they were unbelievably good, and the grungy brilliance of their albums was influential to many groups who followed in their footsteps. The New York Dolls, The Replacements, Pearl Jam, Stereophonics, and even The Sex Pistols owe credit to The Faces. The Faces split up in 1975.
Following Mick Taylor's departure from the Rolling Stones in 1974, Wood replaced him on guitar in time to help with the recording of Black and Blue from 1976. Throughout the 1980s, Wood played with the Rolling Stones, continued his solo career and painted, as well as working with artists like David Bowie, Eric Clapton and Aretha Franklin.
In 1993, he and Rod Sewart appeared on MTV's Unplugged, which resulted in a hit album. After the massive tour that Rod Stewart is undertaking through the USA in 2004 they promised to finish the studio work on the album called "I'll Strut, You'll Sing " to be released in early 2005.
Not to be confused with Roy Wood.
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