Wow, in 2 successive days we've lost 2 of the classic rock and roll sidemen of all time -- and both of them major contributors to the Rolling Stones' canon.
Bobby Keys' sax brought a great jazzy undertone to several Stones tracks. I love the story of how he chose the sax as his instrument: he had to quit high school football because of an injury, and marching band was the only way he could attend away football games -- and the sax was the only instrument left! Talk about serendipity! From Keith Richards' autobiography, I got a great sense of Bobby Keys as the life of the party (no wonder he also played some with Harry Nilsson, party animal extraordinaire).
Only in later years did I really listen to the Small Faces -- they were never as big over here as they were in the UK -- but Ian McLaglen's keyboards were so essential to that sound, as they were to later Rod Stewart and Stones tracks. Curiously enough, Ian McLaglen had been scheduled to open for Nick Lowe's holiday music tour in Minneapolis tonight. He was still out there actively on the road, playing away. He'd been married to Keith Moon's widow, Kim.
The bars in heaven will be staying open a few hours later now.