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Music: The Small Faces
The classic line-up of The Small Faces, From left to right: Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones and Ian McLagen.

A British mod group that started up in London back in 1965, the Small Faces went on to become one of the most influential bands of the 60's. Their sound was rooted in American R&B, Blues and Soul Music and overall they sounded not dissimilar to The Who. Indeed, if any band was ever "number two to the Who" in the Scooter Riding Mod scene, it would be this one.

With the Concept Album Ogden's Nut Gone Flake, the band introduced psychedelic elements to their music, resulting in their most memorable song and biggest American hit, "Itchycoo Park". However, their success didn't last, and the band disbanded in 1969 (after Marriott infamously quit on New Years Eve 1968), and Lane, Jones and McLagan joined up with Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart of The Jeff Beck Group to form a new combo called Faces, while Steve Marriott teamed up with future superstar Peter Frampton in Humble Pie. They did partially reunite from 1975 to 1978 (with Rick Wills of Foreigner and Jimmy McCulloch of Wings participating), though that didn't last. Somewhat ironically, considering their rivalry, Jones would become The Who's drummer after Keith Moon's. Both groups became successful in The Seventies and are now counted as important innovators in the Blues Rock genre. McCulloch died of a heroin overdose in 1979, Marriott died in a house fire in 1991, and Lane succumbed to complications from Multiple Sclerosis in 1997.

Like The Beatles and The Who, a major influence on the late seventies/early eighties Mod Revival and the Britpop genre in The Nineties.


Principal Members (Founding members in bold):

  • Kenney Jones - drums, percussion, vocals (1965-1969, 1975-1978)
  • Ronnie Lane - bass, backing and lead vocals, guitar (1965-1969, 1975, died 1997)
  • Steve Marriott - lead vocals, guitar, harmonica (1965-1968, 1975-1978, died 1991)
  • Jimmy McCulloch - guitar (1977, died 1979)
  • Ian McLagen - keyboard, backing and lead vocals, guitar, bass (1966-1969, 1975-1978)
  • Rick Wills - bass, vocals (1976-1978)
  • Jimmy Winston - keyboard, vocals (1965)


Studio Discography:

  • 1966 - Small Faces note 
  • 1967 - Small Faces note 
  • 1967 - There Are But Four Small Faces note 
  • 1968 - Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake
  • 1977 - Playmates
  • 1978 - 78 In The Shade


This group has examples of:


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SladeRockSoul Coughing
StandThe SixtiesStatus Quo

alternative title(s): The Small Faces
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