"The Small Faces" were an English rock and roll band of the 1960s. The group's classic line-up featured singer/guitarist Steve Marriott, bassist Ronnie Lane, organist Ian McLagan, and drummer Kenney Jones. Although starting out as a R&B-inspired mod group--the second-most popular mod band in the UK after The Who--The Small Faces later evolved into one of England's most successful psychedelic acts before breaking up at the end of 1960s.
Steve Marriott was born and raised in the East End of London; he became a noted child actor and appeared as The Artful Dodger in an early London stage production of ''Oliver!'' and appeared in two films in his early teens, one with Peter Sellers.
Lane and Marriott met in their mid-teens in 1965 while Marriott was working at the J60 Music Bar in Manor Park; Lane came in with his father Stan to buy a bass guitar, struck up a conversation with Marriott, bought the bass and went back to Marriott's house after work to listen to records. The core of the band was born that afternoon and evening.