Remembering Steve Marriott.

by Steve ~ June 5th, 2010. Filed under: News.

Remembering Steve Marriott.

In case you’re not hip to him, one of the greatest voices in rock and roll was the soulful Steve Marriott of The Small Faces and later, Humble Pie. He was certainly one of my earliest influences (I got the “Itchykoo Park 45 when I was just a kid). All the more reason why the story I’m about to share is so sad…

English producer/engineer Gary Lyons who produced Humble Pie’s “Go For The Throat” album produced my band Company Of Wolves’ 2nd album. We were huge Marriott fans so Gary said he’d ring him – he knew he was in LA and heading back to England soon – and he’d get him to stop over in NYC to lay down some tracks w/ us. But when he called the hotel in LA they informed Gary that he’d just left for the airport an hour earlier.

That night when Steve Marriott got home to England he went to a party and had no tobacco & papers to roll his own as usual so someone gave him a package of Marlboros. Steve liked to smoke in bed but roll-ups always burn out if you’re not puffing, commercial cigs like Marlboros don’t. That night he went home, lit up & fell asleep…died in the fire. They found him in the closet – he thought it was the door to get out. We were devastated.

If we had the idea to call on Marriot one day – or even one hour – earlier we could have not only had him play on our record – we could have saved his life.

Regrets…

4 Responses to Remembering Steve Marriott.

  1. Suff

    Damn… Life really is a bitch. Rest in Peace Marriott.

  2. kristiina

    yeah.. 🙁

  3. Magnus

    Damn, must say that shure was a sad story.

  4. Carly

    “If we had the idea to call on Marriot one day – or even one hour – earlier we could have not only had him play on our record – we could have saved his life.”

    Try not to look at it that way, there are so many things in life that we can look back and wonder ‘what if I had done this or that’….you had no way to know, and there is no doubt that if you had known, it wouldn’t have happened. It’s a horrible situation, but you can’t feel responsible over the circumstances that were not in your control.

    Much love to you and wishes of comfort for his friends and family.

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