Marc Bolan
British musician
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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Surprise and ribald comments - Portsmouth News
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The Tricorn Club, which became Granny's then Basins, attracted emerging and top acts including Marc Bolan, Slade, Mud, Sweet, Status Quo, Mary Wells, Edwin Starr and Vinegar Joe as well as regular local bands Smiling Hard, The Image, Heaven and Hector
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Wham, Bam, Thank You, Glam! The 10 Greatest Glam Guitar Solos - Gibson
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Marc Bolan offered up the most breathtaking solo of his career on this 1972 ballad. Framed by strummed acoustic guitar, the glam-rock pioneer took his Les Paul on a soaring, celestial flight that's evocative of everything the song's title implies
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Naga Viper Boost From Catalinbread - Sonic State
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The Rangemaster has been used by many influential British guitarists including Tony Iommi, Brian May, Marc Bolan, and KK Downing and Glen Tipton of Judas Priest. These guitarists, while completely unique in their styles, share the Rangemaster secret of
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David Bowie Saved Marc Bolan's Family - antiMUSIC.com
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On Friday David Bowie Saved Marc Bolan's Family was a top story. Here is the recap: (Rock News Desk) Marc Bolan's son has revealed how David Bowie stepped in to save him and his mother from poverty after the glam star's death
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David Bowie Helped Marc Bolan's Son 'Survive' - Musicrooms.net
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The son of former T-Rex star Marc Bolan has revealed how the compassion of Godfather David Bowie helped him through his darkest days - even though he has never met the singer. Rolan, now 35, says the Life on Mars' star paid
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Vintage rock T-shirts are always cool - NewsOK.com
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Chaser vintage tee featuring Marc Bolan of the band T. Rex. Doug Hoke Chaser (chaser brand. com) highlights every golden oldie from Nirvana to Little Richard. A vintage-looking shirt from the brand, featuring 1970s T. Rex glam-rock frontman Marc Bolan,
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Marc Bolan School Opens (A Top Story) - antiMUSIC.com
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On Thursday Marc Bolan School Opens was a top story. Here is the recap: (Gibson) A music and film school for orphans has been opened in Sierra Leone by the family of late rock star Marc Bolan. According to NME.com, the school has been built by Bolan's
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African orphans rock to sound of 70s glitter - New Zealand Herald
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Marc Bolan. Photo / AP There is a corner of a field in Sierra Leone that will for ever resound to the very English strains of Marc Bolan. The war-torn African state is the unlikely location of a school for orphaned children created by
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A Reason to Live: Fruit Bats, Tripper (Sub Pop/Outside) - Toronto.com (blog)
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I hear a lot of Marc Bolan in the tippy-toeing vocals, as well as unmistakable echoes of more contemporary peacocks such as Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes and Jake Shears. The latter I couldn't quite place as a vocal “dead ringer” for Johnson (the closest
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New supergroup "Heaven and Hell" features Amy Winehouse - The Spoof (satire)
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Within three minutes of arriving in Heaven, she joined forces with Phil Lynott, Janis Joplin, Marc Bolan, Michael Jackson and Jim Morrison to form the newest super-group "Heaven and Hell". The six of them then went downstairs to Hell to track down some
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Bigger Than the Beatles? - Wall Street Journal
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Ms. Shapiro first formed a band at age 10 in 1956 with a cousin and a couple of friends, including Mark Feld—who later became Marc Bolan of T-Rex. Then she went on to win a string of talent contests, followed by enrollment at the Maurice Burman School
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Marc Bolan, T. Rex & 40 Years Of "Bang A Gong (Get It On)" - Houston Press (blog)
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"Bang a Gong" stays in the same gear for most of its four and half minutes, except for the part where all the instruments - horns, bongos, bass, guitar, piano, and Marc Bolan's velvet voice - rip into an imaginary pair of glittery hot pants
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Mark Bolan Musical Premieres in Sep, Aims for West End - WhatsOnStage.com
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The life and music of T Rex frontman Marc Bolan will be celebrated in new musical 20th Century Boy, which is supported by his son Rolan Bolan and directed by Gary Lloyd. It premieres at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich from 13 September to 1 October
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Band to Watch: The Fuzzy, Flawlessy Poppy Unknown Mortal Orchestra - RollingStone.com
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Who: Like T. Rex's Marc Bolan before him, Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Ruban Nielson's got a cool (if girlishly high) voice and an easy way with fuzzed-up, flawless pop hooks. He's a bit of a shredder, too. Throw in some Syd Barrett's
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Marc Bolan
    CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    Bolan died on 16 September 1977, two weeks before his 30th birthday.
    More Details Hide Details He was a passenger in a purple Mini 1275GT (registration FOX 661L) driven by Gloria Jones as they headed home from Mortons drinking club and restaurant in Berkeley Square. Jones lost control of the car: it struck a steel reinforced chain link fence post and came to rest against a sycamore tree after failing to negotiate a small humpback bridge near Gipsy Lane on Queens Ride, Barnes, southwest London. Neither occupant was wearing a seat belt. Bolan was killed instantly, while Jones suffered a broken arm and broken jaw and spent time in hospital; she did not learn of Bolan's death until the day of his funeral. Bolan's home, which was less than a mile away at 142 Upper Richmond Road West in East Sheen, was looted shortly thereafter. At Bolan's funeral, attended by David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Tony Visconti, and Steve Harley, a swan-shaped floral tribute was displayed outside the service in recognition of his breakthrough hit single "Ride a White Swan". His funeral service was at the Golders Green Crematorium which is a secular provision in north London. His ashes were buried at Golders Green Crematorium. His crash site has subsequently become a shrine to his memory, with fans travelling from all over the world to leave tributes beside the tree. In 2013, the shrine was featured on the BBC Four series Pagans and Pilgrims: Britain's Holiest Places. The site, referred to as Bolan's Rock Shrine, is owned and maintained by the T. Rex Action Group.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Granada Television commissioned Bolan to front a six-part series called Marc, where he introduced new and established bands and performed his own songs. By this time Bolan had lost weight, appearing as trim as he had during T. Rex's earlier heyday. The show was broadcast during the post-school half-hour on ITV earmarked for children and teenagers; it was a big success. One episode reunited Bolan with his former John's Children-bandmate Andy Ellison, then fronting the band Radio Stars. The last episode featured a unique Bolan "duet" with David Bowie during which Bolan accidentally stumbled out of the camera frame just as the two began to sing. With no time for a retake, this occurrence was aired and Bowie's amusement was clearly visible.
  • 1976
    The last remaining member of Bolan's halcyon era T. Rex, Currie, left the group in late 1976.
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  • 1975
    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').
    More Details Hide Details That same year, Bolan returned to the UK from tax exile in the US and Monaco and to the public eye with a low-key tour. Bolan made regular appearances on the LWT pop show Supersonic, directed by his old friend Mike Mansfield and released a succession of singles, but he never regained the success of his glory days of the early 1970s.
  • 1974
    In 1974, Bolan played guitar for Ike & Tina Turner.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared on "Sexy Ida (Part II)", and "Baby Get It On". Tina Turner confirmed this in a BBC Radio 1 interview.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He expanded the line up of the band to include a second guitarist, Jack Green, and other studio musicians, and began to take more control over the sound and production of his records, including by then girlfriend Gloria Jones on keyboards as well as backing vocals.
  • 1973
    Eventually, the vintage T. Rex line-up disintegrated. Legend left in 1973 and Finn in 1975 and Bolan's marriage came to an end because of his affair with backing singer Gloria Jones who gave birth to his son Rolan on 26 September 1975.
    More Details Hide Details He spent a good deal of his time in the US during this period, continuing to release singles and albums which, while not reaching major commercial success, were full of unusual lyrics and sometimes eccentric musical experiments. Bolan was not living healthily and began to gain weight, though he subsequently improved and continued working, producing at least one album every year.
    By late 1973, his pop star fame gradually began to wane, even though he achieved a number three hit, "20th Century Boy", in February and mid-year "The Groover" followed it to number four. "Truck On (Tyke)" missed the UK top 10 reaching only No. 12 in December.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Bolan played guitar on the track "Have You Seen My Baby (Hold On)" on Ringo Starr's album Ringo.
  • 1972
    In the same year he appeared in Ringo Starr's film Born to Boogie, a documentary showing a concert at Wembley Empire Pool on 18 March 1972.
    More Details Hide Details Mixed in were surreal scenes shot at John Lennon's mansion in Ascot and a session with T. Rex joined by Ringo Starr on a second drum kit and Elton John on piano. At this time T. Rex record sales accounted for about six percent of total British domestic record sales. The band was reportedly selling 100,000 records a day; however, no T. Rex single ever became a million-seller in the UK, despite many gold discs and an average of four weeks at the top per number one hit.
    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".
    More Details Hide Details Bolan told Gloria Jones the track "Metal Guru" would be "the smoothest song in history".
  • 1971
    In November 1971, the band's record label, Fly, released the Electric Warrior track "Jeepster" without Bolan's permission.
    More Details Hide Details Outraged, Bolan took advantage of the timely lapsing of his Fly Records contract and left for EMI, who gave him his own record label, the T. Rex Wax Co. Its bag and label featured an iconic head-and-shoulders image of Bolan. Despite the lack of Bolan's endorsement, "Jeepster" peaked at number two in the UK.
  • 1969
    Although some critics dismissed it as self-indulgence, it was full of Bolan's florid prose and wordplay, selling 40,000 copies and in 1969-70 became one of Britain's best-selling books of poetry.
    More Details Hide Details It was reprinted in 1992 by the Tyrannosaurus Rex Appreciation Society. In keeping with his early rock and roll interests, Bolan began bringing amplified guitar lines into the duo's music, buying a white Fender Stratocaster decorated with a paisley teardrop motif. After replacing Took with Mickey Finn, he let the electric influences come forward even further on A Beard of Stars, the final album to be credited to Tyrannosaurus Rex. It closed with the song "Elemental Child", featuring a long electric guitar break influenced by Jimi Hendrix. Bolan married his girlfriend, June Child (a former secretary to the manager of another of his heroes, Syd Barrett), who was influential in raising her new husband's profile in the music business. Becoming more adventurous musically, Marc bought a modified vintage Gibson Les Paul guitar (featured on the cover of the album T. Rex), and then wrote and recorded his first hit "Ride a White Swan", which was dominated by a rolling hand-clapping back-beat, Bolan's electric guitar and Finn's percussion. At this time he also shortened the group's name to T. Rex.
    In 1969, Bolan published his first and only book of poetry entitled The Warlock of Love.
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  • 1967
    In early 1967 he eventually settled instead for John's Children because they needed a songwriter and he admired Bolan's writing ability.
    More Details Hide Details The band achieved some success as a live act but sold few records. A John's Children single written by Marc Bolan called "Desdemona" was banned by the BBC for its line "lift up your skirt and fly." His tenure with the band was brief. When the band split following an ill-fated German gig with the Who, Bolan took some time to reassess his situation. Bolan's imagination was filled with new ideas and he began to write fantasy novels (The Krakenmist and Pictures Of Purple People) as well as poems and songs, sometimes finding it hard to separate facts from his own elaborate myth - he famously claimed to have spent time with a wizard in Paris who gave him secret knowledge and could levitate. The time spent with him was often alluded to but remained "mythical"; in reality the wizard was probably US actor Riggs O'Hara with whom Bolan made a trip to Paris in 1965. Given time to reinvent himself, after John's Children his song-writing took off and he began writing many of the poetic and neo-romantic songs that would appear on his first albums with T. Rex.
  • 1966
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Napier-Bell invited Bolan in and listened to his songs. A recording session was immediately booked and the songs were very simply recorded (most of them were not actually released until 1974, on the album The Beginning of Doves). Only "Hippy Gumbo", a sinister-sounding, baroque folk-song, was released at the time as Marc's third unsuccessful single. One song, "You Scare Me to Death," was used in a toothpaste advertisement. Some of the songs also resurfaced in 1982, with additional instrumentation added, on the album You Scare Me to Death. Napier Bell managed the Yardbirds and John's Children and was at first going to slot Bolan into the Yardbirds.
  • 1965
    The Ladybirds sang backing vocals, while apart from Bolan's vocals, all other music was created by studio session musicians. "The Wizard" was released on 19 November 1965.
    More Details Hide Details Bolan's first single was produced by Jim Economedes, with music director Mike Leander. Two solo acoustic demos recorded shortly afterwards by the same team ("Reality" and "Song For A Soldier") have still only been given a limited official release in 2015 on seven-inch vinyl. Both songs are in a folk style reminiscent of Dylan and Donovan. A third song, "That's the Bag I'm In," written by New York folk singer and Dylan contemporary Fred Neil, was also committed to tape, but has not yet been released. In June 1966, a second official single was also released, with session-musician accompaniment, "The Third Degree", backed by "San Francisco Poet", Bolan's paean to the beat poets. Neither song made the charts.
    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."
    More Details Hide Details According to Danny Baker speaking on QI series G, episode 15 on BBC television, Bolan is a contraction of "Bob Dylan".
  • 1964
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This recording is now regarded as possibly the very first known track that the young Mark had put to professional studio tape. There are, however, claims that Marc’s very first recording was with Joe Meek. This is based on a scratchy anonymous acetate disc discovered by the Joe Meek fan club, which has a slight resemblance to Marc’s vocal delivery. This recording, a song called "Mrs Jones", is thought to date from 1963. Mark Feld then changed his stage-name to Toby Tyler when he met and moved in with child actor Allan Warren, who became his second manager. This encounter afforded Bolan a lifeline to the heart of show business, as Warren saw Toby Tyler's potential while Tyler spent hours sitting cross-legged on Warren's floor playing his acoustic guitar. Bolan at this time liked to appear in boho-chic, wearing a corduroy peaked cap similar to his current source of inspiration, Bob Dylan. A series of photographs was commissioned with photographer Michael McGrath, although he recalls that Bolan "left no impression" on him at the time. Warren also hired a recording studio and had Bolan's first acetates cut. Two tracks were later released, the Bob Dylan song "Blowin' in the Wind" and Dion Di Mucci's "The Road I'm On (Gloria)". A version of Betty Everett's "You're No Good" (still unreleased) was later submitted to EMI for a test screening but was turned down.
  • 1947
    Born on September 30, 1947.
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