Kenney Jones

Highly Appreciated

Kenney Jones  (born 16 September 1948) is a veteran English musician and drummer best known for his work in the groups The Small Faces, The Faces and then The Who, after Keith Moon’s death in 1978. Jones was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of The Small Faces/Faces.  (More from Wikipedia)

The article on Small Faces in Allmusic opens:  “Small Faces were the best English band never to hit it big in America.”  Frontman Steve Marriott was the lead guitarist and lead vocalist for the band; he had already appeared in a key role in the musical Oliver!.  Ronnie Lane (bass guitar) invited Marriott to jam with his band the Pioneers, which also included Kenney Jones (drums) – while that gig didn’t go well, the three decided to move in the direction of American R&B.  The fourth bandmember was Jimmy Winston (organ), who was replaced by 1966 with Ian McLagan


By the time the Faces album Ooh La La came out in 1973Rod Stewart’s superstar status was wearing on the other bandmembers; Ronnie Lane left the band right after that.  Ron Wood was lured to the Rolling Stones, drummer Kenney Jones eventually joined the Who, and Ian McLagan became a sought-after session keyboard player. 


(April 2014)

Last edited: March 22, 2021