Kenneth Thomas "Kenney" Jones, rock drummer extrordinaire best known for his work in the Small Faces, Faces and then The Who, after Keith Moon's death in 1978.
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Drummer has been a member of two of England's most beloved and influential rock bands -- and (although the latter he was a member of only briefly, and well after their prime).
Born September 16, 1948 and raised in the East End of London, took up the drums at the age of 13, as he and some friends formed a skiffle group. Learning quickly from playing along to recordings by and , became a session drummer by the age of 15.
By the mid-'60s, he was a member of a local group called "the Pioneers", which eventually transformed into (featuring guitarist/singer , bassist , and keyboardist ). The lineup issued a total of four albums (1967's self-titled debut, plus a pair in 1968, and ), before split from the group to form .
Instead of calling it a day, shortened their name to , and welcomed in new members (vocals) and (guitar), who had both just recently exited . It was this line-up that is probably the best-known, as the quintet's raucous, drunken party anthems would serve as a blueprint for a variety of future rock groups (especially such early punk outfits as and ).
managed a total of five releases (1970's , 1971's and , 1973's Oh La La, and 1974's Coast to Coast), before left to focus full-time on an already successful solo career, and joined up with in 1975.
During the late '70s, guested on other artist's recordings (including and , among others), and even played on a pair of albums by a reunited (1977's and 1978's ). Shortly thereafter, the death of one of rock's all-time greats would lead to next full-time gig.
When longtime drummer died suddenly in September of 1978 after an accidental drug overdose, the group's future was suddenly uncertain (in a strange twist of fate, both and were at the same party and photographed together the night before passing). A few months later, the group issued a statement that they would carry on, with as their new drummer (he and leader/guitarist were supposedly longtime drinking buddies). kept the backbeat on several successful tours during the late '70s/early '80s (as well as such spotty albums as 1981's and 1982's ), before the band announced that their 1982 tour would be their last. A few years later, the latter-day lineup would reunite from time to time for special occasions, including brief sets at 1985's Live Aid at Wembley Stadium, and in 1988 at the Royal Albert Hall for the British Phonographic Industry awards ceremony.
But when launched their first full reunion tour in 1989, was ousted in favor of sessionman . In the early '90s, briefly returned as a member of the group (which featured former / frontman ), but shortly after a lone, self-titled debut appeared in 1991, the band split up as well. has subsequently appeared sporadically on recordings by other artists, but has kept a much lower profile.