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Ronnie Wood used to play Marvin Gaye records to be "romantic" with his girlfriends.

The 64-year-old rocker and his former Faces bandmate Rod Stewart shared a love of Motown music when they shared a house together and admits the "moving" songs were key to the success of some of their early relationships.

Introducing music on his Absolute Radio show, Ronnie said: "Coming up next I've got Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. When I used to live with Rod Stewart back in the old days we used to listen to this album when it first came out and it was a really big influence, along with Sam Cooke and all the records we used to listen to, Otis Redding and all that, Sam And Dave.

"Marvin and Tammi were very moving, and our first girlfriends, we used to get all romantic and play this song, 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough', to them."

The Rolling Stones guitarist also revealed his brothers were his biggest influences on his two main interests, music and art, when he was growing up.

He said: "My brothers were a great influence on me when I was little. Ted was the jazzer and Art was the blues-er and R'n'B-er, and I took great leaves out of their book, and they were both artists as well as musicians, like I am, and if they played, I played, and if they painted, I painted."

Though he had the support of his brothers when he made his live musical debut, Ronnie admits to being filled with nerves beforehand.

He added: "The first time I ever got on stage I was a very nervous boy, I got butterflies in my tummy backstage, and it was at a cinema between two Tommy Steel films, and I went on with my brothers' Candy Bison Skiffle Group and I played washboard, and I got a big round of applause, local boy makes good."


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