Small Faces were an English rock band from East London. The group was founded in 1965 by members Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones, and Jimmy Winston, although by 1966 Winston was replaced by Ian McLagan as the band's keyboardist. The band is remembered as one of the most acclaimed and influential mod groups of the 1960s. They later evolved into one of the UK's most successful psychedelic bands until 1969.
The Small Faces never disbanded; when Marriott left to form Humble Pie, the remaining three members recruited Ronnie Wood as guitarist, and Rod Stewart as their lead vocalist, both from The Jeff Beck Group, and carried on as Faces, except in North America, where this group's first album (and only their first album) was credited to Small Faces. This practice has continued on all subsequent North American reissues of the album to this day. A revived version of the original Small Faces existed from 1975 to 1978.
Small Faces were one of the biggest musical influences on the Britpop movement of the 1990s. Despite the fact the band were together for just four years in their original incarnation, Small Faces' music output from the mid to late sixties remains among the most acclaimed British mod and psychedelic music of that era. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
Links to Peel
Peel certainly would have played tracks from the Small Faces in America, where he was working between 1960 and 1967, especially on KMEN, where their tracks would often appear on the KMEN British Pop Top Ten. Back in the UK, he would continue play songs from the band, even recommending them in his ABC Of Beauty in the Disc & Music Echo, published in 1968.
The band did a session for his Top Gear show in 1968 and after the group evolved into the Faces, he continued supporting them and even proclaiming in the first half of the 70's, as his favourite band of all time. Even after the emergence of punk, Peel would sometimes play a Small Faces track.
- If I Were A Carpenter / Lazy Sunday / Get Ready / Every Little Bit Hurts
Other Shows Played
- 13 August 1967: 'Itchycoo Park (7")' (Immediate IM 057)
- 19 February 1969: I've Got Mine (from soundtrack to 1965 film Dateline Diamonds, partly shot on board Radio London.)
- 06 June 1970: You Need Loving (LP - Small Faces) Decca
- Radio Luxembourg Tracklistings 2: You Need Loving (LP - Small Faces) Decca
- 24 March 1972: Happydaystoytown (LP - Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake) Immediate
- 28 July 1972: Hey Girl (LP – Small Faces) New World reissue
- 28 July 1977: Lookin’ For A Love (7”) Atlantic
- 20 March 1996: Sha-La-La-La-Lee
- 16 January 2002: 'Happydaystoytown (LP-Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake)' (Immediate)
- 16 December 2004: Itchycoo Park
- Ronnie Lane
- Kenney Jones
- 18 August 1976: Ready Or Not