1947, Born on this day, Steve Marriott, guitarist and singer/songwriter. He was a major influence on many UK bands. Marriott was a member of Small Faces who had the 1967 UK No.3 & US No.16 single with ‘Itchycoo Park’ plus the 1968 No.1 UK album ‘Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake.’ Formed Humble Pie who had the 1969 UK No.4 single ‘Natural Born Bugie’. Marriott died in a house fire on April 20th 1991.
I always loved Humble Pie. I thought they were one of the better hard-rock/blues bands from that era. What made them work for me was that voice of Steve Marriott. His work with The Small Faces was excellent as well. I am a fan.
Never saw them live. always wanted to, but I think they broke up before my era. Still, a great band to listen to. I still enjoy the album “Smokin”. It’s a fun listen. Check it out.
Steve put out some solo stuff that was mostly in the funk genre. Perfect for his style of singing. Some of it was just okay at best. Still, he was a great singer.
Sadly, he was young when he died, 44, and probably pretty strung out on all kinds of heroin.