January 30, 2010
His voice was deeply soulful, with just the right amount of grit. The peaks in the career of this consummate showman straddled the late sixties into the early seventies. He was more than ten feet tall in terms of the work that he turned out with Small Faces and Humble Pie. Robert Plant and Rod Stewart would likely concede that his singing style had a great impact on both of them.
Steve Marriott packed quite a bit of living into his 44 years, though his time in the limelight was little more than an afterthought by the early 80s. Bad deals and substance abuse proved to be his undoing. It is not a happy epilogue to tag onto the career of someone who was so very gifted.
If you are already a fan, I'm preaching to the choir.
For the uninitiated, check this out. You'll soon be adding another touch of brilliance to your music collection.
If you can get your hands on the Small Faces "Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake" disc and Humble Pie's "Live at the Filmore East" set you'll be off to a fantastic start.
by Sean Coleman