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Sha La La La Lee / Grow Your Own

Released: 28 January 1966

Label: Decca F12317

Highest Chart Position: 3
Due to the inexplicable failure of I've Got Mine to chart, which was Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane's first attempt at writing a hit single, Don Arden asked his in-house writers Kenny Lynch and Mort Shuman to pen the lads a ready-made pop hit. Lynch even got to sing the falsetto backing, which vied with Steve for domination on the chorus!

The band were not particularly fond of the number as they felt it didn't truly represent their first love, blues and soul, although Ronnie felt it stood up well as a 'nice little Saturday night dance record'.

Still the public loved it and gave the Small Faces their biggest hit yet, peaking at a respectable No 3 on the UK charts. The NME even had them at number one! The group even did a live spot for the Dick Clark Show in America, singing Sha La La La Lee and this was telerecorded from the UK.

The flip-side, Grow Your Own, was a Booker T and the MGs style instrumental, which showcased new member Ian McLagen banging away on his Hammond. The song title is open to suggestion, grown your own funk or grow your own grass? It was hard to tell with these East End street urchins, but otherwise it made for a very successful coupling.

(Darlings of Wapping Wharf Launderette)

Sha La La La Lee live on German TV Beat Beat Beat in 1966.

Netherlands Collector's Info

Germany: Sha La La La Lee/Grow Your Own (Decca DL25227)

USA: Sha La La La Lee/Grow Your Own


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