At the time, A Small Face.
At the time, A Small Face.

Pop Profile: Steve Marriott – BBC Transcription Service 1965 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Anybody who was ever a fan of Small Faces and Humble Pie know the driving force behind both of those bands was Steve Marriott. One of Rock’s greatest singers and an enormously talented writer, Marriott epitomized the 60s, for better and in some cases, for worse. His drug and alcohol intake was legendary and was largely responsible for the eventual capitulation and dissolving of Humble Pie, which saw bandmate Peter Frampton strike out on his own, to spectacular results. Marriott struggled before his eventual death in 1991, leaving behind a legacy and an indelible mark on Rock music.

This interview, which I originally ran over 5 years ago on my other site, features Marriott in the early days – before all the problems and the drama. It’s Marriott poised to take center stage, just getting his feet wet and just getting used to the stardom. It’s an unguarded and open interview, conducted by Brian Mathew for the BBC, which eventually wound up as part of the BBC Transcription service Pop Profiles series of the mid-1960s.

It’s a reminder of a tremendously talented and influential artist, early-on in his career, when everything was bright-eyed and sparkling.

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