Doctors assured Lane as a child that the destructive disease was not necessarily inherited, although he found out later in his life that he had indeed inherited it. After leaving school at the age of 16, Lane met Kenney Jones at a local pub, and they formed a group they named The Outcasts. Initially playing lead guitar, Lane quickly switched to bass. Lane bought his bass, and went to Marriott's house after work, where Marriott introduced him to his Motown and Stax collection.
Lane and Marriott set out to form a band, recruiting friends Jimmy Winston , who switched from guitar to organ, and Jones. Marriott was chosen to be the frontman and singer.
The Small Faces consisted of Lane on bass guitar, Marriott as guitarist and lead vocalist, Jones as drummer, and Winston on keyboards. The name "Small" was chosen as they were all under 5'5" in height. They had a successful chart career; Lane and Marriott wrote hit songs consistently, including " Itchycoo Park " and " All or Nothing ". At least a dozen successful songs credit Lane,  and he co-wrote all but one of the tracks on their concept album Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake.
The album stayed at number one on the UK Albums Chart for six weeks. He shared primary songwriting duties with Stewart and Wood, composing or co-composing many of their best-loved pieces. By , with the band's frontman Stewart focusing on his own solo career, Lane took a central role during the recording of their fourth and final album, Ooh La La.
Unhappy due to poor reviews of the album and Stewart's lack of commitment, Lane quit  in , making his last appearance on 4 June at the Sundown Theatre in Edmonton, London. He was replaced by Tetsu Yamauchi but tellingly the group made no further studio albums following Lane's departure, and split in In the late s, already beginning to feel the effects of MS, he moved back to London.
The original line-up of this band included Scottish singer-songwriters Benny Gallagher and Graham Lyle , who provided harmony vocals and played a variety of instruments including keyboards, accordion, acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo and harmonica. They left in May to continue their career as a duo, though they would appear on 's Rough Mix as guests. The Marriott event at London's Astoria had sold out quickly and actually broke the venue record for bar takings!
Steve would have been proud of that! Even with the greater capacity of the Royal Albert Hall, the evening was a sell-out and the bars were doing brisk business. Ronnie Lane fans converged on South Kensington from all over the world while the list of performers included those who had made their name in the sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties, so highly is Ronnie regarded amongst musicians and fans. There were a few notable absentees from the original planned line-up for various reasons.
Eric Clapton also sent his apologies. A long-term friend and collaborator of Lane, Clapton was playing Frankfurt the same evening. However, these absentees did not detract from the very high quality of the event. Both Clapton and McCartney sent written tributes to Ronnie which compere John Hellier read out at the start of the evening.
These phases were all well-represented, ensuring that there was something for everybody. The first half of the evening focused on the Small Faces, probably the best-known and most-popular stage of his career. Kicking off proceedings was Small World from Essex. They recorded the heavy rock album On to Victory , followed by Go for the Throat , and both proved reasonably successful. In the latter half of , Marriott was beset with personal problems.
His marriage was almost over and after he broke his wrist in an accident and was hospitalised with a suspected burst ulcer, whilst opening for Judas Priest and the new Humble Pie line-up disintegrated.
During a visit to Britain in , Marriott became eager to see Ronnie Lane. After an emotional meeting, Marriott suggested they gig together. The album features songs by Lane and Marriott, though none were co-written. They played him the tape. Clive Davis was tapping his foot and tapping his very expensive pen on his very expensive desk. He said "Yeah, that's great man". Steve said "So you like the tape, Clive". It would have meant pretty much carrying him everywhere, no tour, no album.
That's why the Mijits never came out at that point in time. It's been gathering dust for ages" — Jim Leverton. The album was released nineteen years later. They played mostly Small Faces and Humble Pie material, touring non-stop for the next eighteen months. After the departure of McJohn, the trio changed the band's name to the Three Trojans. Despite attempts at reconciliation, Marriott's marriage finally came to an end when his wife found out that Marriott was expecting a child with Terry Elias, a Canadian girl he had met while they were separated.
Accepting that his marriage was over, Marriott moved back to the UK. With no home and no money, he stayed in the spare bedroom of his sister Kay's house. Marriott formed Packet of Three,  again playing the pub circuit. He insisted on being paid for each gig in cash as the Inland Revenue were still pursuing him for back taxes. Piercey gave birth to daughter Mollie Mae on 3 May His sister Kay said: "Steve would say, I'm not drinking any more, and he'd stop, six weeks, two months, he was very strong willed; if he wanted to, he could".
Kenny Lynch persuaded Marriott to get involved, and the single was released under the collective name the Spectrum. Due to his financial situation, Marriott jokingly later renamed the group Steve Marriott and the Official Receivers.
In the mids Marriott and Poulton moved to a rented cottage in the small village of Arkesden. He once turned up wearing trainers and a dressing gown and became something of an eccentric figure, playing pranks, particularly on the owner of the pub.
Due to past experiences, in later years Marriott became wary of success and fame as well as involvement with big record companies, and turned down lucrative concert and recording deals with names such as EMI.
Because of this attitude, the band grew resentful, believing that he was holding them back, and Packet of Three was disbanded. For the next year Marriott took time off. By now he was 39 years old. He had health problems, was overweight, and had a scruffy appearance. There was little left of the striking s mod icon. Film-maker Paolo Sedazzari recalled, "I remember going to see him in the s, and he was brilliant.
Great voice, great guitarist but what I couldn't get over were the dungarees and the mullet haircut. That was really disappointing. In May , Marriott started rehearsing with a band from Leicestershire , the DTs, though by the time they starting touring they were called Steve Marriott and the DTs.
Andrew Lloyd Webber asked Marriott to record two songs for his musical Evita , though after becoming drunk at the meeting Marriott ungraciously declined.
Thirty Seconds to Midnite was recorded at Alexandra Palace. Marriott used the money to buy a narrowboat. Afterwards, they threw a party at their cottage. By Marriott was playing an average gigs a year, when Frampton flew into Britain and asked Marriott to reform Humble Pie to produce a one-off album and a reunion tour. He agreed, and they flew out to Frampton's recording studio in Los Angeles on 27 January A third song, "Out of the Blue", featuring both Marriott and Frampton, was featured on the first solo recording Frampton made after Marriott's death.
A fourth song, "An Itch You Can't Scratch", has been found on many illegal compilations and even on one of two "authorised" British releases. The recording date, and whether Frampton played on it, have never been verified.
On Friday 19 April , Marriott and Poulton  flew home from the United States, where Marriott had recorded songs for a future album with Frampton. During the flight, according to Poulton, Marriott was drinking heavily, was in a foul mood, and the two argued constantly. After arriving in the UK, a mutual friend met them and they all went for dinner to one of Marriott's favourite restaurants, The Straw Hat in Sawbridgeworth , where he consumed more alcohol.
After dinner, they returned to their friend's house and decided to stay overnight, since it was late, but upstairs in bed, Marriott and Poulton continued to argue. Poulton finally fell asleep and later woke to discover that Marriott had taken a taxi to his home in the nearby village of Arkesden. It was reported that four fire engines were needed to put out the fire. We searched the bedroom areas and it was very hot, we knew immediately that no-one could have survived the fire. We began to feel around the walls and discovered him lying on the floor between the bed and the wall.
I would say he had been in bed and tried to escape. As soon as I saw the body clearly I knew who it was. I used to be a fan, it's difficult to put my feelings into words. The scene was horrific in that corner of the room. Jones Gang with Sam Brown. Originally by P. Itchycoo Park. Jones Gang. I've Got Mine. Small World. Lad's Got Money. Slim Chance with Sam Brown. Lazy Sunday. I was well into Clapton's music as well.
It two heroes in one for me. I didn't approve of reporters taking photographs in those days, and he was using flash, which is a big no-no. Some bouncer guy came up to me and said: 'Are you using flash? It was quite difficult to take photographs, but having said that they were atmospheric, as it was a smoky atmosphere in there, with lots of people smoking in those days. The band were drinking large tots of whisky, and in one picture Ronnie Lane and Clapton are exchanging a glass.
He was living near Minsterley and started a thing called Passing Show which was like a circus tent. He toured the country with other entertainers like comedians, clowns, and other singers. He lost a lot of money doing it but it was really good.
Sadly, a shadow was about to fall over the rest of Lane's life as only a few months after that gig he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
His treatment in the early s included visiting Newtown to use a recompression chamber after research had shown the chambers, like those used by divers with bends, could help ease the effects of the debilitating illness. He moved to America and died there in Browse the businesses in your area and find what is perfect for you. Browse directory. If you are searching for a job around your local area, use our online system. Job portal. Back to top.Various Artists - Pandora. Try disabling any ad blockers and refreshing this page. If that doesn't work, please visit our help page.