Jimmy Winston (real name Jimmy Langwith) was the Small Faces' original keyboard player. He was a guitar player but switched to keyboards as Steve was already playing guitar. He turned out to be a good keyboard player as shown on the first album. Note that Jimmy plays on all the tracks except Sha la la La Lee although Mac is pictured on the cover. However, Jimmy Winston is pictured on the cover of the recent BBC Sessions CD although Mac played on most of the tracks!
Jimmy's parents ran the Ruskin Arms pub in Manor Park where the band used to rehearse. This has been the scene of recent Small Faces Conventions.
Jimmy left the band after a clash of personalities with Steve Marriott. Things came to a head during Thank Your Lucky Stars when Jimmy was seen waving his arms frantically to take attention away from Marriott's guitar solo. Both of them were natural front men and something had to give. It is merely myth that he had to leave because he was too tall.
Small Faces, Jimmy Winston formed Jimmy Winston and His Reflections. Their
single Sorry She's Mine / It's Not What You Do is available on the
Decca Anthology 1965-1967
CD. After this he formed Winston's Fumbs, one
of the UK's top psychedelic groups. A single called Real Crazy Apartment
/ Snow White was released in 1967 and is now a much sought-after
collector's item. Real Crazy Apartment is included on the compilation CD,
Nuggets II. Winston's Fumbs included Tony Kaye on keyboards who went on to
join Yes. After
this, Jimmy appeared in the musical Hair as General Grant and played
keyboards on the track Electric Blues. He released a single Sun in
the Morning for NEMS Records in 1977.
After this, Jimmy appeared in the musical Hair as General Grant and played keyboards on the track Electric Blues. He released a single Sun in the Morning for NEMS Records in 1977.
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