An English rock singer, guitarist.
Steve Marriott, was a successful and versatile singer-songwriter and lead guitarist.
He is best remembered for his uniquely voice and aggressive lead guitar in groups "Small Faces" (1965-1969) and Humble Pie (1969-1975).
In England, Marriott became a popular often photographed mod style icon through his role as lead singer and guitarist with the "Small Faces" in the mid to late sixties
In 1960, Bill Marriott spotted an advertisement in a London newspaper for a new Artful Dodger replacement to appear in Lionel Bart's popular musical Oliver! based on the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens at the New Theatre which is now called the Noel Coward Theatre in London's West End.
Without telling Marriott, applied for him to audition. At the age of thirteen, Marriott auditioned for the role.
Marriott wrote or co-wrote most of Small Faces hit singles.
In an interview in 1984 Marriott was asked what his best Small Faces songs and arrangement of the song coming up with "Tin Soldier".
In 1967 Marriott wrote the evocative rock-ballad "Tin Soldier" to woo model Jenny Rylance.
They first met in 1966 and Marriott was immediately smitten, however Rylance was dating up and coming singer Rod Stewart and so the two became friends.
She later broke up with Stewart and had a brief romantic liaison with Marriott, however much to his disappointment she ended it, deciding instead to go back to Stewart.
Rylance and Stewart later split for good after a rocky four-year relationship; when Marriott found out he pursued her relentlessly, leading him to write "Tin Soldier".
The song was a hit for the band in 1967 and for Marriott a personal triumph, he and Rylance were married at Kensington Registry Office, London on May 29, 1968.
Turning out many hits with both bands especially
The Small Faces’ including ’LAZY SUNDAY’ etc and
’NATURAL BORN BOOGIE’ with ’Humble Pie’
Marriot died in a fire in his home in 1991.
On April 20, 2001, the 10th anniversary of Marriott's death, musicians paid tribute at the London Astoria, Charing Cross Road, London.
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