Personalities | Small Faces | Sixties | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1965–69, 1975–78)

After entering the UK Top 20 with 1965’s ‘Whatcha Gonna Do About It’, this pre-eminent mod group – Steve Marriott (vocals, guitar), Jimmy Winston (keyboards), Ronnie Lane (bass, vocals) and Kenney Jones (drums) – suffered a miss with self composed ‘I Got Mine’; they then replaced Winston with Ian McLagan and got back on course with chart-topping ‘All Or Nothing’ and lesser hits before a post-1967 creative peak with ‘Here Come The Nice’, ‘Itchycoo Park’, ‘Tin Soldier’ and ‘Lazy Sunday’ (the latter from innovatively designed album Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake), which summed up the Small Faces dialectic in its blend of R&B, psychedelia and Cockney chirpiness. ‘Itchycoo Park’ was the vehicle of a US advance that was thwarted by Marriott’s departure to form the Humble Pie supergroup. The others rallied by teaming up with Ron Wood (guitar) and Rod Stewart (vocals) from The Jeff Beck Group as the Faces. A brief Small Faces reunion in the late 1970s was notable for market indifference towards two comeback albums.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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