It’s the Fab Five vs. Mozzer, Marr, and the gang! This one’s too close to call, but it’s got a good beat, gravitas, and glamour y’all.
46 years ago today, The Small Faces officially lost Steve Marriott, setting into motion a series of events which would eventually also lead to them to lose “The Small,” too.
For as great as the ‘60s had been for The Small Faces, Marriott was finding the experience of being in a band to be a little too confining for his musical purposes. As he told none other than Cameron Crowe in a 1973 interview for the L.A. Times, “I left the band when I realized the gimmickry album tracks we were making and the record company was releasing as singles, like ‘Itchycoo Park’ and ‘Lazy Sunday,’ were doing much better than the things we really dug. After a while we found people were expecting the novelty-type records from us, and in actuality we weren’t anything like that. We were all frustrated, but I just felt I had to do something about it.”