Remembering the Legacy of T. Rex's Marc Bolan on His Birthday
Most Americans know Marc Bolan and his band T. Rex for their 1971 hit "(Bang a Gong) Get It On," but in the U.K., the group was a national phenomenon. Some accountants claimed at the time that these glam gods' records added up to some six percent of the country's domestic record sales. Their albums Electric Warrior and The Slider (no relation to a plate of tiny burgers, BTW) are national treasures.
Originally taking the stage name "Toby Tyler," he later opted for the moniker "Marc Bolan," supposedly a compressed combination of Bob and Dylan. Part David Bowie, part Incredible String Band, Bolan enjoyed a short stint in the otherwise obscure band John's Children before creating Tyrannosaurus Rex, a free-spirited hippie duo that featured the singer on acoustic guitar, with quirky, quivery vocals, and all manner of percussion courtesy of drummer Steve Took, who was later replaced by Mickey Finn. Shortening their title to T. Rex and adding a full rhythm section, thus electrifying their sound, brought T. Rex to us all.
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