KENNEY JONES has
spent the best part of four decades at the heart of the rock music industry.
As drummer with the
Small Faces, Faces and The Who, he has been involved in three of the biggest
bands the business has ever known.
Now Kenney is
embarking on a new chapter in an already illustrious musical career with the
formation of a band featuring singer Robert Hart, guitarist Gary Grainger and
Rick Wills on bass.
From the moment he
started drumming in the front room of his parents home in Stepney, East
London, Kenney became hooked on music and
by the tender age of just 16, being a member of a band had become a way
of life to him.
He shot to fame with
the Small Faces in 1965 and had his first hit single when he was 17. The band
were at the heart of the Mod revolution that swept Britain and in the years
that have followed they have been cited as a major influence on musicians
during the past 35 years.
In 1967 the group
produced what is generally recognised as one of the all-time greatest albums,
‘Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake,’ and it is still in the top 100 albums today.
The album rightly gave them a reputation as one of the most innovative bands
of the 60’s, and that reputation has been enhanced with the passing of
years. When the Small Faces eventually disbanded Jones was instrumental in
forming The Faces who featured Rod Stewart as their lead singer.
The Faces took the
rock world by storm in the early 1970’s on both sides of the Atlantic, and
became one of the most raucous, fun-loving bands of the time with a fanatical
following. Their live act produced sell-out crowds in huge outdoor arenas all
over the States, and their music created a massive world-wide fan base.
By the time the Faces
split in the mid-seventies Kenney was already recognised as one of the top
drummers in the rock industry, and it was no surprise that he was the Who’s
choice to replace Keith Moon after his tragic death in 1978.
Once again Kenney
found himself part of hugely successful band, with big selling albums, long
tours and sell-out crowds a regular part of his everyday life.
After leaving the Who
Jones formed a partnership with former Bad Company singer, Paul Rodgers, in
the early 1990’s, creating a band called the Law earning critical acclaim,
and which reinforced Kenney’s reputation as a gifted and
Although the Small
Faces, Faces, The Who and The Law have been the four main bands in his life,
Kenney has also been much sought-after during his career and has performed
with some of the biggest names around.
He has recorded a
single of his own called Ready or Not, and has appeared on albums by the
Rolling Stones, Andy Fairweather Low, Joan Armatrading, Marsha Hunt, Flash
Fearless, Mike Batt, Willie And The Poor Boys, Pete Townshend, Chuck Berry,
Jerry Lee Lewis, David Essex, John Lodge and Wings.
Following his time
with Paul Rodgers in The Law, Kenney took some time out from his musical
career to concentrate on one of his other great passions in life, polo. He is
the owner of Hurtwood Park Polo Club and for many years has been an
However, music has
always been his first love and having played with Robert Hart and Gary
Grainger in a charity gig during the summer of 2001, the three decided to
think seriously about forming a new band.
“I’d known Gary
from way back in the 1970’s,” says Kenney. “At that time I was in The
Faces and he played in a band who used to support us called Strider, he’s a
great guitarist and an excellent song-writer.
“I was totally
knocked out by Robert’s voice when I first heard it on a CD I was given by
Boz Burrell, who’d played with him in Bad Company and he sounded even better
when I heard him live.
“Rick Wills seemed
perfect for the band as well and we’d played together before in the late
1970’s when he was part of the re-formed Small Faces.
“The great thing
about us is that we all get on so well and we all have a lot of respect for
each other. I feel lucky to be working with some great musicians and I
honestly think it’s the most progressive song-writing machine I’ve been in
next to the Small Faces.”