Small Faces

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Small Faces


Mentioned briefly in Autobiography:

"Lazy Sunday by the Small Faces is an urgent investment, and their singer is Steve Marriott, another puckish working-class runt, yet naming Noël Coward as his hero, and the canvas for investigation broadens out."

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English rock band from East London, founded in 1965 by Steve Marriott (lead vocals, guitar), Ronnie Lane (bass guitar), Kenny Jones (drums), and Jimmy Winston (keyboards). By 1966 Winston was replaced by keyboardist Ian McLagan.

Initially influenced by American rhythm & blues, the band is remembered as one of the most acclaimed and influential mod groups of the 1960s, with hit songs such as “Itchycoo Park”, “Lazy Sunday”, “All or Nothing”, “Tin Soldier”, and their concept album “Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake”. Eventually they evolved into one of the UK’s most successful psychedelic acts of the late 1960s before disbanding in early 1969 after Marriott’s departure. The three remaining members were joined by guitarist Ron Wood and lead vocalist Rod Stewart, both from the Jeff Beck Group, and the new line-up was renamed to Faces (3). The original Small Faces reunited in 1975 and remained active with further line-up changes until 1978.

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The Small Faces were an English rock band from London, founded in 1965. The group originally consisted of Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones and Jimmy Winston, with Ian McLagan replacing Winston as the band's keyboardist in 1966. The band were one of the most acclaimed and influential mod groups of the 1960s, recording hit songs such as "Itchycoo Park", "Lazy Sunday", "All or Nothing" and "Tin Soldier", as well as their concept album Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake. They evolved into one of the UK's most successful psychedelic bands until 1969. When Marriott left to form Humble Pie, the remaining three members collaborated with Ronnie Wood, Wood's older brother Art Wood, Rod Stewart and Kim Gardner, briefly continuing under the name Quiet Melon, and then, with the departure of Art Wood and Gardner, as the Faces. In North America, the Faces' debut album was credited to the Small Faces. Following the breakup of both the Faces and Humble Pie in 1975, the classic line-up of the Small Faces re-formed (consisting of Marriott, Lane, McLagan and Jones) after a re-release of "Itchycoo Park" became a top-ten hit. Lane left shortly thereafter, and was replaced by Rick Wills (later of Foreigner). This line-up (dubbed Mk-II by Marriott) recorded one album Playmates before recruiting Jimmy McCulloch. This five-piece line-up released only 78 in the Shade before breaking up. The Small Faces have been considered one of the early inspirations for – and even an early root of – the later Britpop movement. English music journalist Jon Savage has called them "the one Brit group that prefigures the early Sex Pistols [who covered Small Faces' "Whatcha Gonna Do About It"]." They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.