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Songs Covered by The Small Faces

Baby Don't Do It

A Holland/Dozier/Holland song sung by Marvin Gaye. Incidentally, the song is covered by Poets on the Best of Immediate CD release from 1997.

Contained on BBC Sessions.

(Come Back and) Take This Hurt Off Me

Written by Don Covay.

Every Little Bit Hurts

A cover of the Motown ballad by Brenda Hollaway but make sure you check out the Spencer Davis Group version with Steve Winwood singing on their Autumn '66 album.

Gisele Baxter notes that the song was included as an outtake from the Clash's Sandinista sessions. It was apparently one of Mick Jones' favourite songs and he used to sing it with Chrissie Hynde. Gisele: "I must give the Clash version, obviously unfinished as it is, my seal of approval: it's melancholy and soulful, with a very nice keyboard line throughout."

If I Were A Carpenter

The Four Tops sung this song written by Tim Hardin in 1968. Bobby Darin also covered the song as did Robert Plant, both on Now and Zen and in his Band of Joy days.

Paperback Writer

Friday the 11th August 1967 and the Small Faces open their set at the 7th National Jazz, Pop Ballads and Blues Festival with Paperback Writer written by um, um..... A couple of songs later the plug is pulled as all music has to finish at midnight. Steve Marriott yelled "you bastards." The organisers were accused of making the band hang around after arrival. The officials blamed the Small Faces for arriving late. The audience booed.

Plum Nellie

Originally by Booker T & The MGs.

Red Balloon

Like If I Were A Carpenter, this was written by Tim Hardin. The quality of some of the Small Faces compilations is clear where this song is mistitled Red Ballroom!


A hit for Del Shannon in 1961, reaching number one in the UK and USA. Del Shannon said the subject was running away from himself. The song was written at the Hi-Lo Club in Battle Creak, Michigan, in 1960. The Small Faces' version features then manager Don Arden doing his opera singing at the beginning.


Originally sung by Sam Cooke and popularised by Otis Redding. The Otis Redding version can be found on Otis Blue. Two other Sam Cooke numbers, Wonderful World and A Change is Gonna Come, are also on this album as well as covers of My Girl and Satisfaction. Otis Redding opened his Monterey set with this song.

The Small Faces version of the song was sung by Ronnie Lane and was usually the opening to the live set. Listen to the storming version on BBC Sessions.

The song also appears in a slower, "bluesier" form on Steve Marriott's Scrubbers CD.

You've Really Got a Hold On Me

Smokey Robinson & the Miracles did the original of course but look out for a version by some band called The Beatles (With the Beatles).

What's a Matter Baby?

Originally by Italian-American singer Timi Yuro.

Be My Baby

The Ronnette's song recorded during the Ogden's sessions but still unreleased. A version by Steve Marriott is available on the Scrubbers album.


Immediate's vaults are believed to include covers of The Supremes' Love is Here and Now You're Gone.

Did the Small Faces play Green Onions live? Which Muddy Waters tracks did they play live?

Happy Boys Happy claims that Be My Baby and a song called Love is Her to Stay and Now You're Gone between Itchycoo Park and Tin Soldier

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