Kenney Jones

Kenney Jones

Infobox musical artist
Name = Kenney Jones

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Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Birth_name = Kenneth Thomas Jones
Alias = Kenney
Born = Birth date and age|1948|9|16|
Origin = Stepney, East London, England
Instrument = Drums
Genre = Rock, hard rock
Occupation = Drummer
Associated_acts = Small Faces
The Who
The Jones Gang

Kenneth Thomas "Kenney" Jones (born 16 September 1948, Stepney, East London) is a veteran English rock drummer best known for his work in Small Faces, Faces, and The Who. [BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE: Kenney Jones, born Stepney, East London + band history [] ]


Small Faces

Kenney Jones was one of the founding members of the English pop-rock-R&B/mod band Small Faces. Active from 1965 to 1969, Small Faces were part of the mod revolution of the 1960s. Their hits included "All or Nothing", "Sha-La-La-La-Lee", "Itchycoo Park" and "Tin Soldier". Small Faces have been cited as a major influence on musicians for the past 35 years, including Paul Weller formerly of The Style Council and the The Jam also Noel Gallagher of Oasis. [BBC: The Small Faces, influence on Britpop - Paul Weller, and Noel Gallagher [] ]

In 2007, the Small Faces were honoured by Westminster Council with a plaque placed at what was Don Arden's offices in Carnaby Street, the band's "spiritual home". Kenney Jones unveiled the commemorative plaque. In a BBC interview an emotional Jones said: "To honour the Small Faces after all these years is a terrific achievement. I only wish that Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane and the late Don Arden were here to enjoy this moment with me". [ [] BBC, retrieved 24/10/07]

In 2004 The Observer listed the Small Faces' 1968 release "Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake" one of the "top British albums of all time".cite web |title = Observer Music Monthly's Top 100 British albums |publisher =The |date=20 June 2004 |url=,11710,1244183,00.html |accessdate = 2008-03-01]


After the departure of lead singer/guitarist Steve Marriott in 1969, the group recruited singer Rod Stewart and guitarist Ronnie Wood to replace Marriott. Both were formerly from the Jeff Beck Group. The band's label, Warner Brothers, demanded they keep the name "Small Faces" for name recognition,Fact|date=March 2008 but they quickly shortened it to "Faces". Jones remained with the band until its dissolution in late 1975, recording four studio albums and a concert album with them.cite web |last =Zentgraf |first=Nico |title=Woodworks 1957-1975 |url=|accessdate=2008-02-23 | ]

The Who

From 1979 to 1988, Jones was the drummer for The Who, replacing their original drummer Keith Moon. Jones was chosen because the band had been friendly with him from his days with the Small Faces, and because he had played with both Pete Townshend and John Entwistle on the "Tommy" soundtrack. He played on the albums "Face Dances" and "It's Hard" and on the band's tours from 1979-1982, but was frequently at odds with lead singer Roger Daltrey, who felt that Jones' drumming style was too conservative for The Who. Jones also played with the band at Live Aid, and made his final appearance with The Who when the group received a lifetime achievement award at the 1988 British Phonographic Industry awards ceremony. Prior to The Who's 1989 reunion tour, he was faced with a "him-or-me" ultimatum from Daltrey. Jones was replaced by Simon Phillips.

The Law Band

Jones formed partnerships with former Free and Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers in the early 1990s, forming a band called The Law.

The Jones Gang

In 2001, Jones formed a new band; over several months, the line-up solidified to include Rick Wills (Peter Frampton, Foreigner, Small Faces, Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry, David Gilmour), and Robert Hart (Bad Company). In 2005, The Jones Gang released their debut album, "Any Day Now". In 2005 The Jones Gang had a US Billboard Hot Singles number one hit with their debut single "Angel".cite web |title = Hot Singles Sales |publisher |date=19 November 2005 | url= |accessdate = 2008-03-01] This was Jones' second chart topper; the first was with the Small Faces in September 1966 with "All or Nothing". [ [] Official UK Charts, retrieved 24/10/07]

Guest appearances

Jones has also performed on many recording sessions, including appearances on albums by 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.

Outside music

Outside of music, Jones is a passionate fan of polo. He has become an accomplished polo player and is the owner of Hurtwood Park Polo Club, in Ewhurst, Surrey. [TIMES ONLINE: Jones, owner of Hurtwood Park Polo Club, Surrey. England. [] ]

On behalf of Small Faces and in memory of his late colleagues Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane, Jones established a children's charity, the "Small Faces Charitable Trust", in 1999. [SMALL FACES CHARITABLE TRUST: Jones sets up "Small Faces" children's charity in memory of former "Small Faces" colleagues Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane. [] ]

Jones is a supporter of the Conservative Party, and recorded a song called "Mr Brown", criticising the tax policies of the then Chancellor of Exchequer Gordon Brown. [BBC NEWS: Jones, supporter of The Conservative Party - records song criticising Gordon Brown. [] ]


External links

* [ Official Small Faces website]
* [ The Jones Gang - Official website]
* [ youtube: "All Or Nothing" - The Small Faces U.K. No. 1 single]
* [ youtube: "Angel" - The Jones Gang - Billboard No. 1 Single]
* [ Small Faces - Room For Ravers (unofficial Small Faces Site)]
* [ Small Faces - Wapping Wharf]
* [ The Faces Official Site]
* [ - Kenney Jones' Small Faces Charitable Trust]
* [ - Hurtwood Park Polo Club]
* [ - The Who Discussion Forum]
* [ - BBC News - Kenney Jones interview - May 2003.]
* [ youtube: Kenney Jones Interview in Carnaby St.]

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