All or Nothing (Small Faces song)

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"All Or Nothing"
Single by Small Faces
from the album From the Beginning
B-side "Understanding" (Marriott/Lane)
Released 5 August 1966
Recorded IBC Studios, Portland Place, London
Genre Rock
Length 3:04
Label Decca[1]
(US RCA Victor)
Writer(s) Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane[1]
Producer(s) Don Arden
Small Faces singles chronology
"Hey Girl"
(1966)
"All or Nothing"
(1966)
"My Mind's Eye"
(1966)

"All or Nothing" is a hit song written by Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane of British mod group Small Faces in 1966.[1]

The song reached number one on the UK Singles Chart on 15 September 1966, two weeks after being released.[1][2][3]

The song was also a major hit in both the Netherlands, where it reached number two and Ireland, where it reached number three. It was also the first song by the Small Faces to chart in the Republic of Ireland, as "Whatcha Gonna Do About It", "Sha La La La Lee" and "Hey Girl" all failed to do so.

Song information[edit]

According to Kay Marriott, Steve's mother, Steve wrote this song about his split with ex-fiancee Sue Oliver, though first wife Jenny Rylance states that Marriott told her he wrote the song for her as a result of her split with Rod Stewart. Both statements are said to be correct.[4]

The song was recorded at IBC Studios in Portland Place, London. It appears on the Decca album From the Beginning. A live version is found on the BBC Sessions album.

The song was covered in 1981 by Tygers of Pan Tang and in 1985 by X. It was also covered on BBC Radio 2 by Manic Street Preachers on 15 September 2010 as part of the Great British Songbook Library.

The song appeared in the soundtrack for the 2010 film Made in Dagenham. Nigel Cole's film is a dramatisation of the 1968 Ford sewing machinists strike at Ford Dagenham, where female workers protested against sexual discrimination and the desire for equal pay.

The song is used as the theme tune (over the opening credits) on the 2012 BBC UK TV series, The Syndicate, about a group of lottery winners.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 103. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ "Official Singles Chart UK Top 100". Theofficialcharts.com. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 195. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ Steve Marriott - All Too Beautiful... p.121

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Preceded by
"Yellow Submarine"/"Eleanor Rigby" by The Beatles
UK number-one single
15 September 1966 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Distant Drums" by Jim Reeves