On April 20th, It will have been 19 long years since we lost this phenomenal singer & musician.
Born on Jan. 20, 1947, he was only 44 when he died in 1991 in a fire at his 16th century home in Arkesden, Essex in England. Marriott was not only a powerful soulful Rock/ Blues Singer & Guitar player. But he also played Keyboards, Piano, Drums and wailed on the Harp. And in my book he was one of the best.
This man had a colorful career starting in 1963 starting with the band, The Moments. Then in 1964 Marriott along with Band mates Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones & Jimmy Winston (Later replaced by Ian McLagan), formed Small Faces.
Then in 1969 one of most Powerful Bands ever put together, and soon to be one of my favorite bands to come out of the later 60s/ early 70s was formed.
Their name HUMBLE PIE.
This band consisted of Steve Marriott, Jerry Shirley (Drums), Greg Ridley (Bass), & Peter Framton (Guitar). Musically this band couldn’t have gotten any more in Sync. There wasn’t any album that ever came out from this band (1969-1975), that didn’t produce multiple hits. My all time favorite was the 1971 Live Humble Pie Performance Rockin’ The Fillmore, a two Record album set. The song list included one of my favorite Humble Pie performances , I Walk On Gilded Splinters written by Dr. John. It was a complete one side long, about 23 minutes. Other songs included Four Day Creep, I’m Ready, Stoned Cold Fever, Hallelujah I just Love Her So, Rolling Stone (Also one side long) & I Don’t Need Know Doctor. To date, it is still listed as one of the BEST LIVE ROCK ALBUMS EVER RECORDED. Just SOME of their other hits include, 30 Days in the hole, Hot & Nasty, C’mon Everybody, Black Coffee, Your so Good for me. And two of the BEST VERSIONS OF BLUES SONGS. I Wonder & I Believe to my Soul.
I have heard young people say after being turned on to Humble Pie, man that singer (Referring to Steve Marriott) sounds a lot like Robert Plant??? They don’t know it was the other way around. Plant Worshiped Marriott’s voice. Excerpts Taken from an old Rolling Stone Article said, In fact, Marriott is reputed to have been Jimmy Pages benchmark when selecting a Lead Singer for Led Zepplin, and there are unmistakable stylistic and timbral similarities between the voices of Marriott and Plant. In fact, Plant was a fan of Small Faces and a regular at their early Gigs where he also ran small errands for them.
So sorry kids, it was Steve Marriott that came first, AND HARD. Plant was a mere copy. Plant WANTED TO SOUND EXACTLY LIKE MARRIOTT.
Like Stevie Ray Vaughn once said of Jimi Hendrix, man he was the INVENTOR. I’m just the Mimic.
After Humble Pie broke up, Marriott continued on with many bands and many more musicians, But it was definitely Small Faces & Humble Pie that gave him the most notoriety.
So this is my Tribute to a man, who in my opinion should never lose his place in the History of,
STEVE MARRIOTT. He had an UNFORGETTABLE SOULFUL VOICE AND STYLE. And he has been very Missed.
” SMALL FACES “…… 1964-1969
WHATCHA GONNA DO ABOUT IT
If I Were a Carpenter…….. Excellent version
I’ve Got Mine
YOU NEED LOVING ( See Below )
Zepplin Copied this for Whole Lotta Love.
YOU’VE REALLY GOT A HOLD ON ME. ( WHAT BRITISH GROUP DIDN’T IDOLIZE, MOTOWN ! ) Great Version
EVERY LITTLE BIT HURTS (Another MOTOWN HIT, Brenda Holloway)
ALL OR NOTHING
I Can’t Dance With You
Afterglow Of Your Love
” HUMBLE PIE “…….. 1969-75
I WALK ON GILDED SPLINTERS
You find them where you can! LOL (next Link)
I BELIEVE TO MY SOUL
FOUR DAY CREEP
FOR YOUR LOVE
ALL SHOOK UP
I Can’t Stand The Rain
STONE COLD FEVER
I DON’T NEED KNOW DOCTOR
30 DAYS IN A HOLE
HOT ‘N’ NASTY
Red Light Mama, Red Hot
The Sad Bag Of Shaky Jake
RAIN ……….. Nice Version
Sweet Peace And Time
Up Your Sleeves
GET DOWN TO IT
YOUR SO GOOD FOR ME
I KNOW YOUR SO GOOD FOR ME, GOOD FOR ME, GOOD FOR ME…………………
STEVE MARRIOTT was good for Me, You, Rock~n~Roll, Blues and Music in general. And I had the fortune of seeing Humble Pie in 1974 at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Mi. at the age of 17.
AND IT WAS A CONCERT I’LL NEVER FORGET.
SO TO STEVE MARRIOTT’S MEMORY, AND AS HE SAID MANY TIMES ON STAGE ……… ROCK ON !