Kenney Jones Biography
Kenney Jones born Kenneth Thomas Jones is an English drummer, well known for his work in the groups Faces, Small Faces, and the Who. In 2012, he was admitted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Small Faces/Faces.
He was one of the co-founders of the English rock group, the Small Faces. The group was active from 1965 to 1969, and it was part of the Mod revolution of the 1960s. Their hits are: Sha-La-La-La-Lee, All or Nothing, Itchycoo Park and Tin Soldier. They have been cited as a major influence on musicians for the past 35 years, with Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher.
In 1969, the Small Faces’ lead singer/guitarist Steve Marriott left and the group members recruited two members from the Jeff Beck Group, singer Rod Stewart and guitarist Ronnie Wood for Marriott’s replacement. The band changed its name to the Faces, because the original name was associated with the small stature of its members, where Stewart and Wood did not fit the description. Kenney remained with the band until its dismissal in late 1975, recording four studio albums and a live album with them.
He joined ‘The Who’ in November 1978, through the invitation of guitarist Pete Townshend and manager Bill Curbishley. In 1985, he played with the band at Live Aid. His final appearance as a regular member of the band was when the group was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the 1988 British Phonographic Industry awards ceremony.
On 14 June 2014, he reembarked in The Who at the Rock n Horsepower benefit concert that was held at his Hurtwood Polo Club. The band performed for an event Jones set to help Prostate Cancer UK, an organization that promotes awareness of the disease that he had. It was his first time to appear onstage with Townshend and Daltrey since 1988.
In the early 1990s, he formed partnerships with Bad Company, former Free and The Firm singer Paul Rodgers and formed a band called The Law. In 2001, he formed a new band called The Jones Gang, over several months, the line-up solidified to have Rick Wills and Robert Hart. In 2005, the band released their debut album, Any Day Now.
He has been featured on different recordings as a guest drummer on many recording sessions, including appearances on albums by musicians Ronnie Wood, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones, Andy Fairweather-Low, Roger Daltrey, Joan Armatrading, Keith Moon, Mike Batt, Marsha Hunt, Pete Townshend and others. He was on a Top of the Pops performance with Status Quo, performing their 1986 hit single, Red Sky.
Kenney Jones Age
How old is Kenney Jones? Jones is 70 years old as of 2018. He was born on 16 September 1948 in Stepney, London, United Kingdom.
Kenney Jones Wife | Kenney Jones Children
Jones has six children: two from his past relationship and the other four from his current marriage. He is married to Jayne Andrew, a former model. The couple has four children together. In total, he has six biological children.
Kenney Jones Tours
- Friday 01 February 2019
229, London, UK
- Sunday 03 February 2019
Cavern Club Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
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Kenney Jones cancer
In 1984, Jones was diagnosed with throat cancer and it was treated. However, in September 2013, he was diagnosed with another type of cancer, prostate cancer, and it was also treated with brachytherapy.
Kenney Jones Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $20 million.
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Kenney Jones: ‘Small Faces got screwed – our royalty rate was just 1.5pc’
Published: January 13, 2019
Kenney Jones, is a drummer and was a founding member of rock group the Small Faces, which became the Faces when Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood joined. Jones moved to The Who in 1978.
A passionate polo player, he bought land in Surrey in the late Eighties and developed Hurtwood Polo Club. He lives nearby.
How did your childhood influence your attitude to money?
My dad was a lorry driver on £15 to £20 a week. I was an only child so I was spoilt with love, but I had to make my own toys out of cardboard boxes.
Everyone in the East End was working all the time. My mother, Violet, worked in a glass factory, so the only time we could have a holiday was to go hop-picking in Kent. We had to go on a working holiday because we couldn’t afford to go to Butlins or Pontins.
From the age of one to 12, I spent summer in the hop fields. I’d go back tomorrow. It was a great workout.
What’s been your most lucrative work?
Making the Small Faces album Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake in 1968, although the full pay-off is still to come. I never know what an individual album makes financially – you have to look at the entire catalogue. All the records kick over all the time, but no single one is going to be retirement money.
I’m making an animated film out of Ogdens’ and that’s going to be my retirement money. Millions, as Del Boy would say. I’ll make sure I don’t get screwed this time. I learnt my lesson.
Did the Small Faces not get a fair share of their earnings?
No, we got screwed all the way down the line. The royalty rate was 1.5pc. I renegotiated it almost 20 years ago and managed to get 15pc, which is comparable to back-catalogue rates. And I’m going to renegotiate again to try to get that rate up as well.
None of us in the Small Faces were interested in money. All we wanted to do was record. We made it pretty quickly. That’s why we ended up getting screwed.
Was there ever a time you were unable to pay the bills?
Fortunately, I’ve had a good career playing live gigs. It’s only as I’ve got older I’ve got paranoid, thinking: “People won’t like me, I won’t get any more gigs.” Re-releases keep the money coming in.
What was your best business decision?
Buying Hurtwood Polo Club. It wasn’t about money, it was about creating something new. Obviously the land went up in value. But I really enjoyed building something out of nothing.
And your worst?
I lost money on property. I lived on Kingston Hill in south-west London in the Seventies. When my parents came to visit they used to say: “We love coming out to the countryside”.
So I bought one of the terraced houses by Robin Hood roundabout, close to the shops. I asked them to come and look at it and asked them what they thought. They said: “It’s really lovely, Kenney.” So I said: “It’s yours.” They said: “Oh, we don’t know what to say!”
I asked what was wrong, and they said: “But we don’t know anyone here.” So I had to sell the house at the time the petrol crisis was on. I bought it for £11,500 and had to sell it for £10,000. Now that house is worth £700,000.
Are you still into the Jaguar XKR convertibles and Ferrari Spiders you drove while in the Faces?
I’m over all that – been there, seen it, done it. I just want to drive something that works.
It’s very hard to buy a bad car these days. I drive an Audi Q7, bought brand new in 2008, and it’s as good as the day I got it. It’s done 140,000 miles. It’s fantastic.
Do you give to charity?
When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013, I found it was taboo to talk about it. It’s not so much about raising money as awareness.
I raised £250,000 for prostate cancer charities, but getting men and their families to talk about prostate cancer and recognise the early signs was more important.
Are you proudest of your music, writing or fundraising?
The fundraising is a by-product of me being in the music industry, so I’m proudest of what I’ve done in music – and having six children. They’re my biggest achievement.
Do you like working with family?
All my children grew up at Hurtwood and they are really into it – they spent more time there than I did. Working with family is great.
My eldest daughter is doing it as a side job, and I help with her business – she sells children’s clothes.
My other daughter is training to be a lawyer. So she’ll earn a lot of money, hopefully, and I’ll be able to tap her for a few quid. She said: “If I ever do any work for you, Dad, I’m sending you a bill.” I say: “And I’ll send you a bill for all the private schools I sent you to.”
Adopted from: telegraph.co.uk
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