The Small FacesThe Small Faces
were a British rock and roll
band of the 1960s
, led by Steve Marriott
and also included Ronnie Lane
, Kenney Jones
and Jimmy Winston. Their debut single was 1965
's "What'cha Gonna Do About It", a minor hit. The follow-up, "I've Got Mine", failed to chart. Winston left the band, replaced by Ian McLagan and they returned to the charts with "Sha-La-La-La-Lee", a major hit in England. Their first album was Small Faces
, which was a success. They soon moved to Immediate Records
and released "Itchycoo Park", one of their best-remembered songs. It was also the first British record to use phasing effects.
Their next album was 1968's Ogden's Nut Gone Flake, one side of which was based on a fairy tale narrated by Stanley Unwin. Though the critics raved, the album did not sell well. However, it did yield another hit single: "Lazy Sunday", a bright and breezy song which many years later was to inspire Blur's "Parklife".
When Marriott left suddenly in 1969, the Small Faces tried to carry on, adding Rod Stewart and Ron Wood. They soon changed their name to The Faces, which see for more information.
The Small Faces is also the name of a British movie with no connection to the band.