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The Faces were an English rock band formed in 1969 by surviving members of the original Small Faces lineup when their lead singer Steve Marriott, left the band to form Humble Pie with Peter Frampton, 17-year-old drummer Jerry Shirley and bass player Greg Ridley.

The remaining Small Faces became The Faces with Ian McLagan on keyboards, Ronnie Lane bass guitar & vocals and Kenney Jones on drums. These were joined by Ronnie Wood on guitar and Rod Stewart on vocals who were both late of the Jeff Beck Group. According to some music journalists the name small was dropped because the two new members were deemed to tall to be described as small.

My own love of the Faces came from the original Small Faces and has continued, but Steve Marriot on the other hand, along with Humble Pie, were never really my cup of tea.

When the Faces released ‘Stay with Me’ it was 1972 and I was 17 and working in a wine merchants. It was this single and Stewarts own ‘Maggie May’ released the previous year that drew me in. And who could avoid watching the flamboyant front man, Rod Stewart, who seemed to be everywhere and know everyone in the early 1970s.

My lifelong love of wine and the Faces music has endured the test of time as has Sir Rod Stewart who seems to be heading for an endearing life as an icon and a British treasure.

Copyright © Tom Kane 2020

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