The Small Faces
Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriott had already played in other bands when they met up for the first time in London's East End. These two created the 'Small Faces' together with Kenny Jones who was then playing on Lane's group 'The Pioneers' and Jimmy Langwith an acquaintance of Marriott's. After some success with their live stage act they were signed up to Don Arden's management who in turn secured a record distribution contract with Decca.
Their first release 'Watcha Gonna Do About It' which was co-written by the original bass player of the Drifters (i.e. the Shadows), Ian Samwell, proved an instant success, but their next single was an untypical failure. Jimmy Winston left the group after a dispute with the other members and was replaced by Ian McLagan who had until then been with Boz and the Boz People. The band settled down with the new line-up but other management disputes continued which led to them moving to Andrew Oldham's Immediate label. It was this period that saw the band at its most creative and produce some of its most memorable and unusual singles.
By February of 1969, Marriott quit the group quite suddenly saying that he didnt like the musical direction the band was taking and felt that he could no longer contribute. Steve went off to join Peter Frampton in a new venture that became the group 'Humble Pie'. The Small Faces were not able to continue after this trauma and split up. However, they would emerge, again with Marriott together with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood, as the Faces during the 1970s.
Sadly, Steve Marriott died in a fire at his home during 1991.
|Watcha Gonna Do About It/ What's A Matter Baby
|I've Got Mine/ It's Too Late
|Sha-La-La-La-Lee/ Grow Your Own
|Hey Girl/ Almost Grown
|All Or Nothing/ Understanding
|My Mind's Eye/ I Can't Dance With You
|I Can't Make It/ Just Passing
|Patterns/ E Too D
|Here Comes The Nice/ Talk To You
|Itchycoo Park/ I'm Only Dreaming
|Tin Soldier/ I Feel Much Better
|Lazy Sunday/ Rollin' Over
|The Universal/ Donkey Rides A Penny A Glass
|Afterglow Of Your Love/ Wham Bam Thank You Mam
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