Today is the birthday of the late Marc Bolan, leader of T.
Rex, who was born Marc Feld in 1947. Though T. Rex scored hits in the early
'70s, the group remain a major influence on such contemporary British bands as
Oasis and London Suede, and they were certainly listened to by Guided By
Voices' leader Robert Polard and Spacehog. Marc Bolan began his career in the
spotlight as a teenage male model in London, and was a noted member of the '60s
mod scene. He then embarked on a solo career, which lasted three years before
he formed the ill-fated group John's Children. The Children never grew up or
produced anything of note, and the band broke up in 1967, leaving Bolan free to
form the acoustic duo Tyrannosaurus Rex with Steve Took. Various personnel and
name changes ensued, and in 1970 T. Rex was born, this time as a quartet. In
Oct. of 1970, the single "Ride A White Swan" went to #2 on UK charts. T. Rex
then scored their one and only major U. S. hit, with "Bang A Gong (Get It On),"
which reached #10 on the Billboard Top 100 chart. " In mid-Sept., 1977
Bolan was killed when his girlfriend, Gloria Jones, drove their car into a tree
following a late night at the London clubs.