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Steve Marriott

Submitted by Roanman on Sun, 10/02/2011 - 19:50


Ever wonder what's the big deal about Steve Marriott anyway?

Since we did Ronnie Lane a week or so ago, we figured we might as well do the Small Faces other founding member/principle songwriter Steve Marriott.

You really, really want to click this little gear here for an outstanding four song set from the very young ... and tiny ... Small Faces.

When Steve Marriott left the Small Faces, two great live bands were born.

Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan and Kenny Jones brought in Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart to form the Faces, and Steve Marriott, the some might say incredibly cute Peter Frampton, Greg Ridley and Jerry Shirley came together and became Humble Pie.

The first time I got to see Humble Pie was a huge deal as Donny W. of the Joe Cocker debacle, somehow got us on the guest list.

I think he was friends with someone in Mount Clemens' own The Frut who along with The J. Geils Band  opened the show, although it could have been the sound guy as Donny liked to hang out near the board. 

This time I had the presence of mind to not mention to my mother that I was heading down to the Eastown and thus avoided the embarrassment that I had experienced as a result of the above referenced Joe Cocker debacle.

Live in the studio from The Old Grey Whistle Test, here's the less well-known version of Humble Pie that includes The Blackberries as pretty much full-fledged members of the band.

This is the great Steve Marriott on lead vocal and guitar, Clem Clempson on slide guitar, Greg Ridley on bass, Jerry Shirley playing drums, and The Blackberries, Venetta Fields, Sherlie Matthews and Billie Barnum on backup vocals.

Black Coffee.



As an aside, Marriott's first professional gig at the age of 13 was in the London stage production of Oliver where he played both The Artful Dodger and Oliver ..... although not at the same time .....  and sang on the original cast album.

Steve Marriott was lost to the world in a house fire at the age of 44.