Marc Bolan


Marc Bolan was an English singer-songwriter, guitarist and poet. He is best known as the frontman of glam rock group T. Rex.

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1947 Birth Born on September 30, 1947.


1964 16 Years Old In 1964, Mark met his first manager, Geoffrey de-la-Roy Hall, and recorded a slick commercial track backed by session musicians called "All at Once" (a song very much in the style of his youthful hero, Cliff Richard, the "English Elvis"), which was later released posthumously by Danielz and Caron Willans in 2008 as a very limited edition seven inch vinyl, after the original tape recording was passed onto them by Hall. … Read More
1965 17 Years Old 1 More Event
After changing his name again, to Marc Bolan (via Mark Bowland), he signed to Decca Records in August 1965 and recorded his debut single "The Wizard." … Read More
1966 18 Years Old In 1966, Bolan turned up at Simon Napier-Bell's front door with his guitar and proclaimed that he was going to be a big star and he needed someone to make all of the arrangements. … Read More
1967 19 Years Old In early 1967 he eventually settled instead for John's Children because they needed a songwriter and he admired Bolan's writing ability. … Read More


1969 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1969, Bolan published his first and only book of poetry entitled The Warlock of Love.
1971 23 Years Old In November 1971, the band's record label, Fly, released the Electric Warrior track "Jeepster" without Bolan's permission. … Read More
1972 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1972, Bolan achieved two more British number ones with "Telegram Sam" and "Metal Guru" (the latter of which stopped Elton John getting to the top with "Rocket Man") and two more number twos in "Children of the Revolution" and "Solid Gold Easy Action". … Read More
In 1973, Bolan played twin lead guitar alongside his friend Jeff Lynne on the Electric Light Orchestra songs "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" and "Dreaming of 4000" (originally uncredited) from On the Third Day, as well as on "Everyone's Born To Die", which was not released at the time but appears as a bonus track on the 2006 remaster. … Read More
1974 26 Years Old 1 More Event
However, "Teenage Dream" from the 1974 album Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow showed that Bolan was attempting to create richer, more involved music than he had previously attempted with T. Rex. … Read More
1975 27 Years Old Gloria Jones gave birth to Bolan's son in September 1975, whom they named Rolan Bolan (although his birth certificate lists him as 'Rolan Seymour Feld'). … Read More
1976 28 Years Old The last remaining member of Bolan's halcyon era T. Rex, Currie, left the group in late 1976.
1977 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 1977, Bolan got a new band together, released a new album, Dandy in the Underworld, and set out on a fresh UK tour, taking along punk band the Damned as support to entice a young audience who did not remember his heyday. … Read More


1977 30 Years Old …  He died at age 29 in a car accident in September 1977, a fortnight before his 30th birthday. … Read More
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