Steve Marriott

Rock Singer

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Date of Birth
January 30, 1947
United Kingdom
Place of Birth
Manor Park, England, United Kingdom
Death Date
Apr 20, 1991 (age 44)
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Actor, Film Actor, Guitarist, Record Producer, Singer-songwriter, Stage Actor
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Steve Marriott Life

Stephen Peter Marriott (born January 1947 – 20 April 1991) was an English singer, songwriter, and frontman guitarist of rock bands Small Faces (1968-1968 and 1975–1978) and Humble Pie (1969–1983), which spanned two decades.

As a member of Small Faces, Marriott was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Marriott's in the United Kingdom became a well-known, often photographed mod style symbol.

Montgomery was influenced by his heroes, including Buddy Holly, Booker T & the MG's, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Muddy Waters, and Bobby Bland. In later life, Marriott became disillusioned with the music industry and turned his back on the major record companies, remaining in relative anonymity.

Marriott died in Arkesden, Essex, on April 20th, 1991, when a fire that was thought to have been caused by a cigarette was discovered.

He received the Ivor Novello Award in 1996 for his Outstanding Contribution to British Music, and was ranked as one of the top 100 best singers of all time by Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne, and Blondie named him 16th.

In the course of Journey, Paul Stanley of Kiss described Marriott as "unbelievable" and a hero of his, while Journey's Steve Perry named him one of his favorite singers.

Early years

Steve Marriott was born on January 30th, 1947 at East Ham Memorial Hospital, Plashet, East Ham (London, E7), England to parents Kay and Bill Marriott, who lived at Strone Road, Manor Park. He was born three weeks premature and weighed only 4 lb 4 oz (1.9 kg), and was held in hospital four weeks before being able to go home. Marriott came from a working-class background and attended Monega Junior School. Bill's father worked as a printer and later owned a jellied eels standout outside the Ruskin Arms hotel, named 'Bill's Eels.' He also sold pie and mash for a short time.

Kay was employed at the Tate & Lyle factory in Silvertown. Bill was a natural pub pianist. Bill bought a ukulele and harmonica, which Marriott taught himself to play. During the family's annual holiday to the Jaywick Holiday camp near Clacton-on-Sea, Marriott demonstrated an early interest in singing and dancing, busking at local bus stops for more pocket money, and winning talent competitions.

In 1959, Marriott formed his first band with school classmates Nigel Chapin and Robin Andrews. They were dubbed 'The Wheels,' later the 'Coronation Kids,' and then the 'Mississippi Five'. Simon Simkins and Vic Dixon were among the company's line-up's new recruits. Marriott was a big fan of American singer Buddy Holly from a young age, and he'd imitate his hero by wearing large-rimmed spectacles with the lenses removed. After his aunt Shelia to whom he was close, he wrote his first song, "Shelia My Dear." Many who heard the album commented that it was played at a brisk pace in Buddy Holly's style, and his bandmates also branded him 'Buddy.'

They'll perform at the local coffee bars in East Ham and headline the Essoldo Cinema in Manor Park on Saturday mornings. According to his mother Kay, Marriott was a cheeky, hyperactive child, who was well-known by his neighbors in Strone Road for playing pranks and practical jokes. Although he was a student at Sandringham Secondary Modern School, Marriott was suspected of deliberately starting a fire in a classroom, though he never denied this.

Bill Marriott noticed an advertisement in a London newspaper for a new Artful Dodger replacement, based on Charles Dickens' book Oliver Twist, at the New Theatre (now called the No.l Coward Theatre), in London's West End, and without telling his son, he applied for him to audition. Marriott auditioned for the role at the age of thirteen. He performed two songs, "Who's Sorry Now" by Connie Francis and "Oh, Boy." Buddy Holly. Bart was enthralled with Marriott's vocal skills and recruited him. Marriott stayed with the show for a year, playing various boys' roles during that time, for which he was paid £8 a week. Marriott was also selected to lead vocals for the Artful Dodger songs "Consider Yourself," "Be Back Soon" and "I'd Do Anything," which appear on the official album of the show and were recorded at the renowned Abbey Road Studios. In 1961, the Marriott family moved from Strone Road to a new council flat in Daines Close, Manor Park.

Following Marriott's huge debut in Oliver, his family encouraged him to pursue an acting career. He auditioned and was accepted as a student at London's Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in 1961. Since his family was unable to afford the private school tuition, it was mutually agreed that the fees would be deducted from acting work. After Marriott's enrolment at the Italia Conti Academy, he quickly rose to leading roles in film, television, and radio, often portraying the vivacious Cockney child. He soon lost interest in acting and returned his attention to his first passion, which was music. His parents were devastated, and his decision not to continue acting sparked a family feud. As a result, he left the family's house for a short time to be with relatives.

Marriott introduced "Imaginary Love" in 1963 and promoted it on London's major record labels. Marriott won a Decca Records contract as a solo artist with Dick Reagan (also an agent for Cliff Richard) thanks to his message on "Imaginary Love." "Give Her My Regards," Kenny Lynch's song, was Marriott's first single, with Marriott's self-penned song "B-side" as the B-side. The single was released in July 1963 and was commercially ineffective. Ex-Shadows drummer Tony Meehan, who was brought on to help with recording, formed The Frantiks, a cover version of Cliff Richard's "Move It" with ex-Shadows drummer Tony Meehan in the same year.

Despite the single being hawked around the major record companies, no one was concerned, and the album was never released. The band later changed their name to The Moments, or Marriott and his Moments. They supported artists such as The Nashville Teens, The Animals, Georgie Fame, and John Mayall, who performed at venues including the 100 Club in Soho, London, and the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond. The Moments had a following, and Beat '64, started by Stuart Tuck and dedicated to 'Steve Marriott's Moments,' for a short time.'

In 1964, they were listed as appearing in a total of 80 gigs. The group was asked to record a single for the American market, a cover version of The Kinks' hit song "You Really Got Me," which was released on the World Artists record label (1964). Marriott was dropped from the band when their version of "You Really Got Me" didn't get enough interest, with members claiming he was too young to be a lead singer. Don Craine, the frontman of London R&B band The Downliners Sect, auditioned to join the band as a replacement harmonica player. Because Marriott wanted him to be the lead vocalist, Craine did not invite him to audition.


Steve Marriott Career


Steve Marriott joined The Checkpoints after leaving the Moments and joining the Small Faces.

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Ronnie Lane and Kenney Jones, a 16-year-old drummer, were among Marriott's future Small Faces partners on July 28th. They were all performing at the Albion in Rainham, with their bands. Lane and Marriott met in the J60 Music Bar, a music bar in Manor Park, where Marriott was employed after his recent departure from the Moments. Lane came in wanting to buy a bass guitar, but then was invited to Marriott's home to listen to his extensive collection of rare American R&B import albums. The three girls were soon firm acquaintances, thanks to their shared love of R&B.

At the band's regular gig, "the Pioneers") in Bermondsey, Lane and Jones invited Marriott to perform with "the Outcasts" (previously called "the Pioneers). Both men were extremely inebriated, with Marriott destroying the piano he was playing, much to Lane and Jones' amusement. The landlord had dismissed them and the band had been disbanded, and the collection was complete.

On a 1999 episode of VH1 Storytellers, David Bowie and his faithful friend Marriott planned to form a 'David and Goliath' R&B pair. Instead, Marriott, Lane, Jones, and Jones decided to form their own band, with Marriott bringing Jimmy Winston (Winston was later replaced by Ian McLagan). Annabel, a former student of Italia Conti, came up with the band's name after stating that they all had "little faces"; the band's name stuck in part because they were all (apart from Winston) small (none being over 5 foot 6 inches tall), and the term "face" in English mod culture was used in part to describe a well-known and respected mod. Within six weeks of forming, Small Faces emerged and quickly became a hit mod influenced band with a strong youth cult following when their debut single "Whatcha Gonna Do About It" hit the UK singles chart.

They were later discovered to be one of many influences on Led Zeppelin's formation and musical style. Marriott is said to have been Jimmy Page's benchmark in selecting a lead singer, and the voices of Marriott and Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin's lead singer, are unmistakable stylistic and timbral similarities. Plant was a fan of Small Faces and a regular at their early gigs, where he also ran small errands for them. "Whole Lotta Love" by Zeppelin is a direct sequel to Marriott's interpretation of the classic song "You Need Love," which was written by Willie Dixon and recorded by American blues singer Muddy Waters. Small Faces will regularly perform "You Need Love" in their live set, and the song appears on their debut album Small Faces, which was released by Decca in May 1966.

Nevertheless, Marriott showed no hostility against Plant.

He is quoted as shouting "Go on my son!"

When he first heard Plant's version on the radio, he was hoping for him luck. Arden paid the band a weekly wage of £20 per week, as well as accounts in Carnaby Street's clothes shops. Arden prearranged for them to move into a rented house on Boxing Day, 15 Westmoreland Terrace, Pimlico. McLagan's autobiography describes the house as "party central," a place where Marianne Faithfull, Brian Epstein, Pete Townshend, and other celebrities would hang out. Marriott was just 18 years old when it was announced.

The bulk of Small Faces' hit singles were written or co-wrote by Marriott. I think 'All or Nothing,', which I wrote about in an interview in 1984, takes a beating. If there is a song that typifies the period, it might be it. Words fail, cos it's only a silly love song, but there's the actual feel and appearance of the thing, as well as "Tin Soldier"." To woo model Jenny Rylance, Marriott created the evocative rock-ballad "Tin Soldier" in 1967. They first met in 1966 and Marriott was immediately smitten, but Rylance was promoting up-and-coming singer Rod Stewart and the two became best friends. She later broke up with Stewart and had a brief romantic relationship with Marriott, but the true source of her dissatisfaction was Stewart. After a turbulent four-year marriage, Rylance and Stewart went on to do well; when Marriott discovered her he followed her relentlessly, causing him to write "Tin Soldier." In 1967, the song was a hit for the band, and for Marriott, it was a personal triumph. On May 29, 1968, He and Rylance were married at Kensington Register Office, London.

Marriott joined Humble Pie, alongside drummer Jerry Shirley and bassist Greg Ridley, just short of leaving Small Faces. Humble Pie gave Marriott the artistic freedom he coveted in the early years, but Small Faces was refused due in part to economic pressures and individual differences. The band's debut album "Natural Born Bugie" (an intentional misspelling of "boogie") debuted at No. 68 after extensive underground rehearsals at his Clear Sounds home recording studio. In the summer of 1969, 4 in the UK Singles Chart ranked 4th. When Humble Pies returned to the United Kingdom and discovered Immediate had gone into liquidation, they nearly disbanded after their first American tour. They went to A&M Records and concentrated all their attention on the lucrative US market. Dee Anthony, the band's new manager, had the band renamed its 'unplugged' setup and crank the volume up.

Humble Pie toured for three years in the United States alone, taking nineteen tours in the United States alone. Humble Pie and Rock On, the band's new album collection, benefited from their touring. The Fillmore's live album "Rockin' the Fillmore (1971) was the band's most commercial release to date. Marriott's solid vocal performances became the band's signature feature on these recordings. Dee Anthony begged Marriott to be more visible on stage, something he did not have to do with Frampton and Ridley before. Frampton's departure from the company as a result of Marriott's new fame is said to have resulted in Frampton's departure from the group. (Clem Clempson took over Frampton)

When he toured America, several people close to Marriott, including his wife and even Marriott himself, would say that his personality changed for the worse. Marriott began experiencing signs of mild schizophrenia later, possibly as a result of heavy alcohol and opioid use. In his youths as a member of Moments and Small Faces, he had regularly taken amphetamines (speed) and smoked cannabis, and in the latter half of the 1960s, he tried LSD. However, by the time Humble Pie began to tour America regularly in the early 1970s, Marriott is reported to have a heroin use that is believed to have triggered his marriage breakups and contributed to his premature death in a house fire.

In 1973, Rylance left Marriott for the last time. "I would not take no more." I was sad to leave Steve, but it had to be done, and I was ultimately the best." Any band members reported that Marriott became domineering, invasive, and intolerable to work with due to the break-up of his marriage and increasing heroin use. In 1975, Humble Pie disbanded, blaming musical inconsistencies for the split. Financial mismanagement and widespread heroin use within the band also played a role. Jerry Shirley said during an interview with John Hellier in 2000: "It's a shame":

Dee Anthony's deeeton earnings were used to advertise his latest venture, Frampton Comes Alive, which Marriott has long admired. Pam Stephens, Marriott's second wife, said in an interview that they had been warned not to accuse Anthony of any financial misdealings while making the Marriott solo album and received harassing phone calls. Anthony was convicted of, among other things, having links with the Genovese crime family. She also claimed that after Marriott notified Anthony of the missing money, she and Marriott were summoned to a meeting at the Ravenite Social Club in New York's Little Italy neighborhood. John Gotti, Frank Locascio, and Paul Castellano were among those present, as representatives of the Gambino crime family. Marriott was told that he would not be getting any money and was advised not to proceed. Marriott considered the risks seriously.

Jerry Shirley, on the other hand, denies any of the allegations that Anthony was Mafia-related and has dismissed them as "bollocks" and "romantic exaggeration." Anthony's links have been confirmed, and a number of the tales have been described as folklore.

In 1976, Marriott unveiled his first solo album, Marriott, in the United Kingdom, after which the company remigrated to the United Kingdom. On February 20, 1976, Stephens' first child Toby was born, and they were married on March 23, 1977, at the Chelsea Register Office in London. The funds from Humble Pie's farewell tour were soon out, and Marriott was restricted to stealing vegetables from a field next to his house. With ex-Pie bassist Greg Ridley, drummer Ian Wallace, and ex-Heavy Metal Kids' guitarist Mickey Finn, he continued to form the Steve Marriott Allstars, discovering Laurie O'Leary, the new manager. In the 1980s, O'Leary begged Marriott to visit a friend of his, Ronnie Kray, who was jailed in Broadmoor Hospital for George Cornell's murder. A signed photograph of Marriott was given to him.

Marriott was expected to replace Mick Taylor after his release from the Rolling Stones in 1975; however, Mick Jagger allegedly blocked the transfer after Marriott upstaged him during the audition. According to Ronnie Wood in his autobiography Ronnie, Marriott was Richards' first choice to replace Mick Taylor.

A judge ruled that Arden owed the Small Faces £12,000 in unpaid royalties in 1976. He promised to pay in monthly installments but then withdrew after making just one payment.

McLagan, Jones, and Marriott were persuaded to re-form Small Faces after the success of re-released singles "Itchycoo Park" and "Lazy Sunday" in 1975 and 1976. Rick Wills took his place of Lane, who had to cancel after just two rehearsals. Lane, who was unknown to others, was suffering from multiple sclerosis. Playmates and 78 in the Shade were two albums released by the band, but the albums were both critical and commercial failures, and they disbanded. Marriott did not make any money out of the venture. His earnings were used to extricate him from old bounding management deals. Due to financial difficulties, Marriott was compelled to sell Beehive Cottage, which had been his home since 1968, and relocate to a small terraced house in Golders Green, London, due to financial difficulties.

In 1978, the Inland Revenue advised Marriott that he owes £100,000 in back tax from his Humble Pie days; he assumed boss Dee Anthony had made all the necessary payments. O'Leary, Marriott's general manager, told him to leave Britain or go to jail. He sold the house in Golders Green and moved to California. Pam and son Toby, along with Jim Leverton and (most notably) former Mountain guitarist Leslie West, were staying with family and friends in Santa Cruz and Marriott. The band broke up after Leverton was forced to leave the United States due to visa issues and controversies surrounding potential royalties. Marriott was now completely broke, and they were compelled to buy empty glass bottles in order to redeem them for small change. Steve wanted the money and accepted a lucrative bid to reconstruct Humble Pie, according to Leslie West.

Jerry Shirley, a New York City resident, was contacted by Marriott in 1980 to inquire about a Humble Pie reunion. Shirley agreed and recorded "Fool for a Pretty Face," which Marriott had written earlier. Anthony "Sooty" Jones, who was well-known among American east coast musicians, as well as singer and guitarist Bobby Tench, a former Jeff Beck group member, was among the new line-up. The song was good enough for them to land a recording deal with Atco. Jet Records, Don Arden's ex-Small Faces boss, Don Arden, released their files in the United Kingdom.

They released On to Victory (1980) and Go for the Throat (1981), and both were very popular. As part of the Rock 'N' Roll Marathon bill, they also toured America. Marriott was plagued with personal difficulties in the second half of 1981. His marriage was almost over, and after he broke his wrist and was hospitalized with a suspected burst ulcer, while Judas Priest and the new Humble Pie line-up disintegrated, but Judas Priest and the new Humble Pie line-up disintegrated.

On a return to the United Kingdom in 1981, Marriott became eager to see Ronnie Lane. Lane had started using a wheelchair by this time. Marriott suggested they work together after an emotional meeting. They joined Jim Leverton, Mick Weaver, Dave Hynes, Zoot Money, and Mel Collins to produce Majik Mijits, an album. Lane and Marriott's songs were included on the album, but no one was co-written. They were unable to tour and promote the album due to Lane's illness.

The album was released nineteen years ago. Marriott returned to New York to play on the club circuit for the second time after the Majik Mijits. Marriott was on the road with Jim Leverton, Goldy McJohn, and Fallon Williams for the next year and a half. They toured non-stop for the next eight months, mainly Small Faces and Humble Pie material. The Three Trojans were changed to the Three Trojans following McJohn's departure. Despite attempts at reconciliation, Marriott's marriage came to an end when his wife learned that Marriott was expecting a child with Terry Elias, a Canadian girl she had met when they were separated.

On September 4, 1983, Steve Marriott's last live performance under the Humble Pie name appeared at the Electric Cowboy Festival in Columbia, Tennessee. He was in a full leg cast and was carried onstage by a road crew member. The band (with Marriott being the only one from Humble Pie's previous iterations) appeared as a last-minute replacement for English band Madness. Presumably this occurred because Marriott was living in Atlanta, Georgia, at the time. Just a few weeks later, he disbanded the company.

Marriott returned to the United Kingdom after being informed that his marriage was over. He stayed in his sister Kay's spare bedroom with no home and no money. Packet of Three was created by Marriott, who would return to play the pub circuit for the third time. Although Inland Revenue was still suing him for back taxes, he argued for each gig in cash. Steve Marriott Live at Dingwalls 6.7.84 in January 1985. Manon Piercey, a long-time visitor of Marriott, quickly established a close friendship and rented a house together, and the two quickly established a strong rapport. On May 3, 1985, Piercey gave birth to daughter Mollie Mae. Marriott successfully reduced his binge drinking and opioid use with Piercey's support. "I'm not drinking any more, and he'd stop," Kay said. "Steve, the six weeks, two months, he was very healthy; if he wanted to," he said. In 1985, Marriott was still touring with Packet of Three, playing Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Eleanor Rigby & Martin Burton of The Gents joined mod revival bands like the Lambrettas and Purple Hearts during Live Aid 1985. For Band Aid Trust, they made a version of "All or Nothing." Kenny Lynch begged Marriott to participate, and the single was released under the collective name Spectrum.

When Marriott first met Toni Poulton at a Packet of Three gig in 1985, he ended his friendship with Piercey.

Marriott jokingly renamed Steve Marriott and the Official Receivers due to his financial condition. In the small village of Arkesden in the mid-1980s, Marriott and Poulton rented a rented house. The 16th century cottage was also used for location shootings for the title character in the BBC's long-running television series Lovejoy, starring Ian McShane. Marriott became well-known in the area, with frequent customers often going to the bar next to his house to buy bottles of brandy and borrowing glasses. He began wearing trainers and a dressing gown and became a bit of an eccentric figure in playing pranks, especially the bar's owner.

Due to previous experiences, Marriott became wary of success and fame, as well as involvement with major record companies, and eventually ended down lucrative concert and recording contracts under the name of EMI. The band became resentful, claiming that he was holding them back, and Packet of Three was disbanded. Marriott took time off this year for the upcoming year. He was 39 years old by now. He had health problems, was overweight, and had a scruffy appearance. The striking 1960s mod icon was not missing.

"I remember going to see him in the 1980s, and he was brilliant," film-maker Paolo Sedazzari recalled. Great voice, good guitarist, but the dungarees and the mullet haircut were two things I couldn't get out of my mind. "It was really sad." Marriott also used cannabis and cocaine, but not in comparison to what he had once consumed, according to his wife. In his later years, Marriott loved reading; his favorites writers included Stephen King, Philip K. Dick, and anything on No.l Coward, whom Marriott had always adored.

Marriott began rehearsing with a group from Leicestershire, the DTs, but by the time they began touring they were called Steve Marriott and the DTs. Despite being out of the public eye, Marriott was still invited to participate in various programs. After getting inebriated at the reception, Andrew Lloyd Webber begged Marriott to record two songs for his musical Evita, but the Marriott ungraciously declined. Stephen Parsons, a film actor, approached Marriott to sing "Shakin' All Over" for the low budget horror film Gnaw: Food of the Gods II (1989), but Marriott accepted due to the low budget horror film Gnaw: Food of the Gods II (1989); the filmmaker saw it as easy money. Trax Records asked Marriott to release a solo album when recording the album. 30 seconds At Alexandra Palace, a new Attitude to Midnite was recorded. The funds were used to buy a narrowboat by Marriott. In 1989, Marriott and Toni Poulton were married at Epping Register Office. They threw a party at their cottage later in the day.

During this time, Jim Leverton remained in touch and Marriott formed Steve Marriott's Next Band, which included Leverton and ex-members of both the DTs and the Official Receivers. The band name Packet of Three Resurfaced when several members were left due to financial difficulties.

By 1990, Marriott was playing an average 200 gigs a year when Frampton moved to the United Kingdom and asked Marriott to rename Humble Pie to produce a one-off album and a reunion tour. The fee would be sufficient to enable Marriott to make life simpler. He agreed, and the two people flocked out to Frampton's recording studio in Los Angeles on January 27, 1991. They began writing songs, but the project was never finished because Marriott had a change of heart and returned home.

On Frampton's album Shine On: A Collection, two recorded songs from this final effort, "The Bigger They Come" and "I Won't Let You Down," were two recorded songs from this effort. On the first solo record Frampton made after Marriott's death, a new song, "Out of the Blue," starring both Marriott and Frampton was included. On several illicit compilations and even on one of two "approved" British releases, a fourth song, "An Itch You Can't Scratch," has been discovered. The recording date and whether Frampton appeared on it had never been established.


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