Retro Sellers Interviews: Kenny Jones
Kenney Jones interview October 2011
The Small Faces were a key band of the sixties, recognised then as now as hugely influential on the musical development of the time as well as on the progression of pop culture, particularly Mod. Together with The Who, they influenced the Mod generation with their songs - singles like Itchycoo Park, All Or Nothing, Lazy Sunday and Tin Soldier as well as the innovative and pioneering album Ogden's Nut Gone Flake.
Drummer Kenney Jones was a key part of that sound. The band split after the success of that album because they didn't feel they could surpass that achievement, although in retrospect it might merely have been a taste of what might have been had they stayed together and toured the album live.
The Small Faces morphed into The Faces. Classic albums like A Nod's As Good As A Wink and singles like Stay With Me helped frontman Rod Stewart enjoy fame at last in the early seventies after years of his trying in the sixties. And It was Kenney Jones who was chosen to be the drummer for old mates The Who when we lost Keith Moon.
Kenney has been a busy session drummer since the beginning and has guested on countless major recordings including those with Bad Company, Free, The Rolling Stones, Andy Fairweather-Low, Joan Armatrading, Marsha Hunt, Mike Batt, Pete Townshend, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, David Essex, John Lodge, and Wings.
These days, as well as touring with The Jones Gang, his own band, he has also recently been touring with a re-formed Faces featuring Mick Hucknall (ex-Simply Red), Ronnie Wood (ex-Rolling Stones and original Faces), Glen Matlock (ex-Sex Pistols) and himself. In his spare time Kenney is a keen polo player and runs a polo club in Surrey.
This is the interview that Kenney gave to www.retrosellers.com