Westminster honours Small Faces and Don Arden with Green Plaque (31/08/2007)

The Small Faces, one of the most acclaimed and influential mod bands of the 60s are to have their musical achievement recognised with a Westminster City Council Green Plaque.

They will share the plaque with their impresario manager, Don Arden, who passed away earlier this month. Fittingly, Arden first met the band in his Carnaby Street offices, and The Small Faces became very much part of the world-famous Carnaby Street scene.

Kenney Jones, Small Faces band member, said "It’s great to see the Small Faces being officially recognised at this stage of my life, especially when my latest band 'The Jones Gang' had a No 1 in America last year. There’s a sense of reflection, when I think back to everything we did in those days and how the Small Faces was responsible for creating much of the mod music and fashion revolution in the UK. I guess although I’m lucky enough to still be gigging all over the world, I can certainly say there will always be part of me back in Carnaby Street".

The official plaque unveiling ceremony will take place on Tuesday 4th September at 2pm, at The Puma store, 52-55 Carnaby Street, with Westminster Council's Cabinet Member for Planning, Cllr Robert Davis, officiating at the unveiling. Guests are expected to include former band members Kenney Jones and Jimmy Winston.

Cllr Davis said: "I am happy that Westminster is home to such an eclectic range of high-profile individuals whom we can officially recognise with our own Green Plaque scheme.

"The Small Faces were indeed one of the most prominent 'faces' of the swinging sixties and seventies and it is fitting that they will forever be remembered on the 60's mecca, Carnaby Street".

A public celebration is also scheduled for Saturday 8th September, from 12pm until 4pm, with a second unveiling accompanied by live performances from Mod artists; The Small Fakers, Darron J Connett and Redtrack. For further details about this event please check out - carnaby.co.uk.


Notes to Editors:

The Small Faces' four-year career contributed a series of classic songs to the UK’s pop cannon, including Whatcha Gonna Do About It, Itchycoo Park, Sha La La La Lee, and Lazy Sunday, the latter credited 40 years later with being the inspiration behind Blur’s huge Britpop hit, Park Life.

Don Arden’s contribution to the UK music industry throughout the 60s and 70s was considerable, introducing to the public artists who became household names: Gene Vincent, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard were introduced from America with Arden managing the Small Faces, the Electric Light Orchestra and his son-in-law’s band Black Sabbath. Other artists such as The Move, Elkie Brooks, Wizzard and Lynsey De Paul were all amongst his clients.

Westminster's Green Plaque Scheme:

Westminster Council's Green Plaque scheme was launched in 1991 launched in 1991 and it draws attention to particular buildings in Westminster associated with people of renown who have made lasting contributions to society.

The commemorative Green Plaques scheme complements a number of Council strategies: to improve the legibility and understanding of Westminster’s heritage and social history; to provide information for Westminster’s visitors; to provide imaginative and accessible educational tools to raise awareness and understanding of local areas, particularly for young people; to celebrate the richness and diversity of Westminster’s former residents.

The Small Faces plaque will be the 73rd green plaque unveiled in Westminster.