Fifty-five years ago today, May 26, 1967, Small Faces single "Patterns" was released by the band's manager Don Arden, NOT authorized by the band.
"Patterns" was the eighth single by Small Faces and the first of two unauthorized singles released in the UK
(the second being "Afterglow (of Your Love)" in 1969).
"Patterns" became one of few singles by Small Faces featuring Ronnie Lane on primary vocals, in contrast to Marriott's standard role as lead vocalist.
Listen to "Patterns" (and "E Too D") and find more juicy details here:
Fifty-four years ago today, May 24, 1968 (it was a Friday!),
Small Faces' album Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake was released!
Small Faces' third (and final) studio album and their first concept album,
Ogdens' Nutgone Flake featured an innovative round cover.
Widely regarded as a classic album, it was the first of its kind,
designed to resemble an antique tobacco tin.
The title and the design of the distinctive packaging was a parody of Ogden's Nut-brown Flake, a brand of tobacco that was produced in Liverpool from 1899 onwards by Thomas Ogden.
Watch the one-time-only Small Faces theatrical performance of
this amazing concept album on the BBC's Colour Me Pop (25:52),
featuring: "Song of a Baker", "Lazy Sunday" (official video!),
"Happiness Stan", "Rollin' Over", "The Hungry Intruder", "The Journey",
"Mad John" and "Happydaystoytown",
narrated by Master of Gobbledegook, Stanley Unwin!
Ogdens' LP would peak at number one on the UK Album Charts
on June 29th, 1968, where it remained for a total of six weeks.
You can find links to listen to and much more about Small Faces'
fantastic Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake masterpiece here:
51 years ago today ~ May 15, 1971 Faces play the Garden Party at The Crystal Palace Bowl, London, ENG
51 years ago today~ May 15, 1971
Faces play the Garden Party at The Crystal Palace Bowl
Setlist, recording, playbill posters, news clip and concert ticket of
Faces at the Garden Party at The Crystal Palace Bowl here:
Check It Out!
Happy Birthday to Ian McLagan in heaven today!
Great friend of Ronnie Lane, keyboardist of Small Faces, Faces
and many other out of this world bands, Ian would have been 76 today.
By all accounts, Ian McLagan is remembered as a fantastic musician and warm-hearted man. In honor of Ian and his many fans, we have gathered a page for Mr. McLagan where you can view and listen to the many fruits of his lifespan, including interviews, exclusive photos and songs written by Ian: https://www.ronnielane.com/ian-mclagan.html
Ian McLagan left us December 3, 2014 in Austin, Texas, at the age of 69. Shortly before, in 2012, Ian was inducted with Small Faces and Faces
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Enjoy browsing the great life and times of Ian McLagan here:
You are greatly missed, Ian.
This Day In Ronnie Lane History:
May 11, 1966: Small Faces debut album Small Faces is released!
Small Faces is the debut album of the Small Faces released by
Decca Records. It includes the hit singles "Whatcha Gonna Do About It"
The album was well received by music critics and was popular
with the public, rising to number 3 on the UK album chart,
remaining at the top for several weeks.
In November 1966 keyboardist Ian McLagan replaced Jimmy Winston.
Find more juicy details and links to listen to Small Faces (1966) here:
P.S. Also in 1966, the Small Faces became the eleventh biggest selling artists of the year!
Ronnie Lane with his Mum!
A Very Happy Mother's Day Today To All Ronnie Lane Fan Mums!
Fifty-two years ago this week, still being billed as Small Faces,
Faces played in San Francisco, California at the Fillmore West
May 7, 8, 9 and 10, 1970
The handbill was only printed once before the concert and presents a calendar of upcoming Bill Graham events on the reverse. Size 4 5/8" x 7".
The reverse features a calendar of Bill Graham events. Marked BG-232 Bill Graham 1970 in the lower left corner.
Find YOUR Faces concert and these beauties up close at:
"Just a little pop song." ~Ian McLagan, keyboardist of Small Faces
The band's fourth single, released this day May 6, 1966,
"Hey Girl" was the first hit single written exclusively by Small Faces
(Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane).
B-side "Almost Grown
"Hey Girl" was released just days before the album Small Faces - Small Faces (1966) was released. Ultimately it was not included and can instead be found on their 1967 compilation album From the Beginning.
The "Hey Girl" single made its chart start at No.23. Within two weeks, it was starting a two-week stay at No.10, while Small Faces enjoyed no fewer than five consecutive weeks at No.3. The LP spent 12 weeks in a row in the Top 10, through to August.
Discover more and watch special performances of Small Faces "Hey Girl":
Hey! Hey! It's alright!