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Single by Small Faces
from the album Small Faces
B-side "Grow Your Own"
Released 28 January 1966
Format 7"
Recorded December 1965, IBC Studios, London
Genre Beat
Length 2:56
Label Decca (US Press Records)
Writer(s) Kenny Lynch
Mort Shuman
Producer(s) Kenny Lynch
Small Faces singles chronology
"I've Got Mine"
"Hey Girl"

"Sha-La-La-La-Lee" was the third song by English R&B-influenced group Small Faces, released on 28 January 1966, reaching number three in the UK Singles Chart.[1] It was also the first single by the group to feature Ian McLagan on keyboards.

Because the group's previous song release, the Marriott/Lane composition "I've Got Mine," failed to chart in the UK, their manager, Don Arden, determined that the Small Faces would not be one hit wonders, decided to bring in well-known songwriters Kenny Lynch and Mort Shuman to make sure the group's next single would be a success.[2]

The commercial-sounding song proved a big hit and reached number three in the UK singles chart.[1] Despite the success of "Sha-La-La-La-Lee," the band never really liked the song and felt it did not represent their sound, which was more R&B- and soul-oriented.[1]

Following the huge success of this song, the band developed a large female fan base, like many of their contemporaries.[3] This situation would ultimately end in Marriott becoming so disenchanted that he would finally leave The Small Faces in a bid to be seen as a serious musician and form his next group, the heavier rock- and blues-sounding Humble Pie.[4]

Small Faces performed "Sha-La-La-La-Lee" live for the Dick Clark show in the United States, telerecorded from the UK.[1]


The B-side "Grow Your Own" written by the band, is an instrumental recording and strongly influenced in style by Booker T. & the M.G.'s, of whom all the group were big fans. "Grow Your Own" heavily features Ian McLagan on the Hammond organ.[1]


In Japan, "Sha-La-La-La-Lee", arranged to French pop style, was used for the advertisement of Suzuki Alto Lapin.[5]


Other recordings[edit]

  • German band The Rattles released their cover version in February 1966 as The ´In´ Crowd, single Star Club Records 148 547, 02.1966.
  • Yugoslavian rock band Siluete covered this song with the title "Tvoj rođendan" in 1966.
  • Czech singer Václav Neckář also did a cover version for this song in Czech in 1966.
  • Evelyne Courtois, a French female singer of the 1960s, covered the song in 1966 as "Ce N'est Pas Une Vie" under her stage name 'Pussy Cat'.
  • Plastic Bertrand also did a cover version for this song in French in 1978.

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Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Small Faces Sha La La La Lee- Room for Ravers". 1966-01-28. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  2. ^ "Small Faces Sha La La La Lee- Room for Ravers". 1966-01-28. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  3. ^ Steve Marriott All Too Beautiful. p. 110. ISBN 1-900924-44-7. 
  4. ^ Paulo Hewitt. Small Faces The Young Mods' Forgotten Story. pp. 53–56. ISBN 0-9523935-0-6. 
  5. ^ ad of Suzuki Alto Lapin on YouTube


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