Ronald David “Ronnie” Wood (born 1 June 1947) is an English rock musician, singer, songwriter, artist and radio personality best known as a member of The Rolling Stones since 1975, as well as a member of the Faces and former member of 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, dubbed the Faces. The group, although relegated to cult status in the United States, found great success in the UK and mainland Europe. The 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.
Besides I’ve Got My Own Album to Do, Wood has recorded several other solo efforts. Now Look was released in 1975, and peaked at NO. 118 on Billboard, and Wood collaborated with Ronnie Lane for the soundtrack album Mahoney’s Last Stand. He released Gimme Some Neck in 1979, which hit No. 45 in the U.S. 1234 was released in 1981, peaking at No. 164. He released Slide on This in 1992, Not for Beginners came out in 2002. and I Feel Like Playing in 2010. As a member of the Rolling Stones, Wood was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, and was inducted a second time, as a member of the Faces, in April 2012.
Wood mostly plays his 1955 and 1956 Sunburst Fender Stratocasters during live and studio sessions and Gibson J-200s during acoustic sets. He also plays a Gibson Firebird. He uses a Fender Princeton and Mesa Boogie amplifiers and Boss effects pedals. Before he joined The Rolling Stones, he began endorsing Zemaitis Guitars since his time with Faces. He also plays his ESP signature model, which is based on his 1952 Fender Telecaster, his Duesenberg signature model, and a range of Versoul guitars, including his Versoul custom shop model.
Books, films and television appearances
To date, Wood has three books to his credit: a short collection of autobiographical anecdotes titled The Works, illustrated with Wood’s artwork, co-authored by Bill German and published in 1988; a limited-edition art book titled Wood on Canvas: Every Picture Tells a Story, published in 1998 by Genesis Publications; and his 2007 autobiography Ronnie, written in collaboration with his son-in-law Jack MacDonald and Jeffrey Robinson.
In addition to numerous Faces and Rolling Stones concert films, broadcasts and documentaries, Wood performed alongside the Band, Bob Dylan and many others in the finale of the documentary The Last Waltz, filmed in 1976. He has made cameo appearances in feature films, including The Deadly Bees (1967), The Wild Life (1984) and 9½ Weeks (1986), as well as on television programs including The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978). In October 2007 Wood appeared on the television motor show Top Gear, achieving a celebrity lap time of 1:49.4.
- I’ve Got My Own Album to Do (1974)
- Now Look (1975) US No. 118
- Gimme Some Neck (1979) US No. 45
- 1234 (1981) US No. 164
- Slide on This (1992)
- Not for Beginners (2001)
- I Feel Like Playing (2010) UK No. 164
- Live at the Ritz (1988) with Bo Diddley
- Slide on Live: Plugged in and Standing (1993)
- Live and Eclectic (2000) (reissued in 2002 as Live at Electric Ladyland)
- Buried Alive: Live in Maryland (2006) with the New Barbarians
- The First Barbarians: Live from Kilburn (2007)
- Mahoney’s Last Stand (1976) with Ronnie Lane
- Ronnie Wood Anthology: The Essential Crossexion (2006)
With the Rolling Stones
- Black and Blue (1976)
- Some Girls (1978)
- Emotional Rescue (1980)
- Tattoo You (1981)
- Undercover (1983)
- Dirty Work (1986)
- Steel Wheels (1989)
- Voodoo Lounge (1994)
- Bridges To Babylon (1997)
- A Bigger Bang (2005)