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The Moments

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Steve Marriott - Vocals, Barry Hewitt - bass, Johnny Weider - guitar, Allen Ellett - keyboards/vocals

The Moments are best remembered as the band Steve Marriott was part of before he joined The Small Faces. Marriott had been a child actor and was the original Artful Dodger in the stage production of Lionel Bart's Oliver. He had also released a solo single Give Her My Regards. He joined a band called the Frantics before meeting up with the Moments. The Moments built a strong local Mod following with a residency at The Flamingo Club and support slots with the likes of Billy J Kramer and the Animals. They were often billed as Steve Marriott's Moments although they never called themselves that. The band had an R&B set including a cover of Doris Troy's Whatcha Gonna Do About It, not the same song as the Small Faces debut.

The group's first single was a cover of the Kinks' You Really Got Me although this was recorded for the US market only and released on World Records.

Despite the band working hard during 1964, Marriott was dumped by the rest of the band who felt that he was an inferior musician. David Bowie claimed that he and Marriott were planning to form a blues band called David & Goliath when Marriott joined with Ronnie Lane and Kenney Jones to form the Small Faces. The Moments folded shortly after this.

You Really Got Me and Money have appeared on Small Faces compilations. Two further Moments tracks are now available having been discovered on an acetate and released as a 7" single and download in 2008. These are Good Morning Blues and You'll Never Get Away From Me. Moments tracks have also been made available on Give All She's Got and I Need Your Love.

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