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50th Anniversary of The Small Faces at The Ruskin


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Spring 1965 saw the creation of one of the most influential bands of the sixties, The Small Faces. Early rehearsals and gigs were at The Ruskin Arms.

The pub will be celebrating with a live band and DJ set.

Live band playing MOD classics plus DJ tunes from The Small Faces and some of the bands they influenced.

Free Entry.

The Ruskin Arms

The Ruskin Arms is located in High Street North, Manor Park London E12. The pub was run by the parents of Jimmy Winston (real name Jimmy Langwith), the Small Faces' original keyboard player.

It was here that Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane met up with Jimmy who had previously told them that he played keyboard in a band with a weekly spot at the pub. On 25 January 1965 Steve joined Jimmy on stage to play harmonica. After the gig, Steve and Ronnie invite Jimmy to join their new band for which they had already recruited Kenney Jones as drummer. Jimmy was not just recruited as an organ player, more importantly his brother had a van. They later used the pub to rehearse upstairs and it was the venue for some of the band's early gigs.

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