1967 Small Faces – Itchycoo Park
Kenney Jones, Ronnie Lane, Steve Marriott, and Jimmy Winston formed a rock group in 1965. They called themselves the Small Faces because of the small stature of the members. Within a year, Ian McLagan had replaced Jimmy.
The band’s first single immediately jumped onto the UK chart and peaked at #14.
The group had four top ten singles in the UK in 1966. They even reached the top of the chart with one hit, All Or Nothing, but none of the singles reached the US Hot 100 at all.
Steve and Ronnie wrote Itchycoo Park, which became the group’s first single to chart in the US. Engineer George Chkiantz applied flanging to produce an ethereal feel in parts of the recording. While some recordings in the US had used flanging to create a phasing-like sound beginning in the late fifties, that was the first successful British single to apply the technique. The single reached #16 on the Hot 100 and #3 in the UK in 1967.
The group only reached #73 with their next single in the US but still had three more top ten singles in the UK.
Steve quit the group and walked off in the middle of a concert in 1968 and went on to form Humble Pie with Peter Frampton. This led to a complete breakdown of the Small Faces.
Three of the members joined forces with four more musicians to form Quiet Melon, but two of the new members wandered off after only four recordings. Fortunately, the other two (Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood, who had worked together in Jeff Beck’s group) stayed with the group, which began to appear as The Faces.
After the Faces disbanded in 1975, three original members (Kenny, Ronnie, and Steve) joined with Ian to reform the Small Faces. The group then re-entered the UK top ten with the re-release of Itchycoo Park.
In 2012, they inducted the Small Faces were into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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