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

The song reached number one on the UK Singles Chart two weeks after being released and due to a change in the TOTP chart that week, shared the spot with The Beatles song "Yellow Submarine".[1]

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 actually chart in the Republic of Ireland, as "Whatcha Gonna Do About It", "Sha La La La Lee" and "Hey Girl" failed to chart in Ireland.


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The song begins with a loud drum roll, an idea possibly taken from the Young Rascals song "Baby Let's Wait".

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.[2]

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 Sessionsalbum.

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 DagenhamNigel 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.

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

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