Archive for the ‘Marc Bolan’ Category

September 30 – Today In Rock Music History

September 30, 2010

We Miss You Marc! Your spirit lives on…

Musicians Born On September 30

1934 Freddie King (Hideaway)
1935 Johnny Mathis (A Certain Smile)
1942 Dewey Martin (Buffalo Springfield)
1942 Frankie Lymon (Teenagers)
1942 Gus Dudgeon (producer)
1943 Marilyn McCoo (You Don’t Have to Be a Star)
1945 Mike Harrison (Spooky Tooth)
1946 Sylvia Peterson (Chiffons)
1947 Marc Bolan (T. Rex)
1952 John Lombardo (10,000 Maniacs)
1964 Robby Takac ((Goo Goo Dolls)

Deaths On September 30

1955 James Dean (actor and icon)

Number 1 In The Charts On September 30

1957 Jimmie Rodgers: ‘Honeycombe’ US 45
1965 Ken Dodd: ‘Tears’ UK 45
1972 David Cassidy: ‘How Can I Be Sure’ UK 45
1978 John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John: ‘Summer Nights’ UK 45
1978 Exile: ‘Kiss You All Over’ US 45
1989 Tina Turner: ‘Foreign Affair’ UK LP
1995 Mariah Carey : Fantasy : US single
1995 Simply Red : Fairground : UK single
1995 Hootie and The Blowfish : Cracked Rear View : US LP
1996 Deep Blue Something : Breakfast At Tiffany’s : UK single

Various Music Events On September 30

1967 The new national BBC pop station, Radio 1, goes on the air

1967 Strawberry Alarm Clock hit US chart with ‘Incense and Peppermints’ on way to No. 1

1969 ‘Crosby, Stills and Nash’ LP goes gold in US

1972 Family’s ‘Bandstand’ hits UK LP chart

1984 Capital Radio in London launches ‘Network Chart’

1987 Whitney Houston’s second LP, ‘Whitney’, awarded platinum disc for sales of 4 million

1987 Grateful Dead win their first platinum disc for ‘In the Dark’ LP

Have a groovy vintage retro day!

- Retro Rebirth

Retro T Shirt, Vintage Clothing, t-shirt, tee, vintage retro, psychedelic art, Warhol Pop Art

If you liked this article then make sure you subscribe to the feed via RSS It’s Free. You can also follow me on Twitter too!

Become a Retro Rebirth Fan on our Facebook Page

If you like to you at Retro Videos then take a look at our Retro Video YouTube Page

Check out the Retro Rebirth Design Catalog and see what groovy vintage retro Music & Pop Culture designs we have for sale.

May 8 – Today In Rock Music History

May 9, 2010

Musician’s Born On May 8

1940 Ricky Nelson (Hello Mary Lou)
1943 Paul Samwell-Smith (Yardbirds)
1943 Toni Tennille (Captain and Tennille)
1944 Gary Glitter (Paul Gadd)
1945 Keith Jarrett
1947 Marc Bolan (T. Rex)
1951 Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind and Fire)
1951 Chris Frantz (Talking Heads)
1953 Billy Burnette (Fleetwood Mac)
1955 Alex Van Halen (Van Halen)
1964 Dave Rowntree (Blur)
1972 Darren Hayes (Savage Garden)

Deaths On May 8

1974 Graham Bond (Blues Incorporated)
1982 Neil Bogart (Casablanca Records)

Number 1 In The Charts On May 8

1971 Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers UK LP
1976 Abba: Fernando UK 45
1976 Abba: Greatest Hits UK LP
1976 John Sebastian: Welcome Back US 45
1982 Paul McCartney: Tug of War UK OP
1982 Vangelis: Chariots of Fire US 45
1993 R.E.M. : Automatic for the People : UK LP
1996 Aerosmith : Get A Grip : US LP

Various Music Events On May 8

1954 BBC ban Such a Night by Johnny Ray after listeners complain about its ‘suggestiveness’

1965 Nine British records in US Top 10:

1. Hermans’ Hermits: Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter
2. Gerry Lewis: Count Me In
3. Beatles: Ticket to Ride
4. Wayne Fontana: Game of Love
5. Petula Clarke: I Know a Place
6. Seekers: I’ll Never Find Another You
7. Herman’s Hermits: Silhouettes
8. Freddie and the Dreamers: I’m Telling You Now
9. Rolling Stones: The Last Time
10. Sounds Orchestral: Cast Your Fate to the Wind

1968 T. Rex debut on UK chart with Deborah

1976 Rolling Stones’ Black and Blue hits UK LP chart

1977 Olivia Newton-John makes her New York concert debut at Metropolitan Opera House

1990 A Los Angeles court awardsTom Waits $2.5 million. They upheld his claim thet Frito-Lay unlawfully used a Waits sound alike in its Doritos adverts.

Have a groovy day!

- Retro Rebirth

Retro T-Shirts, Vintage T-Shirt, Psychedelic Music, Music Coasters, Vinyl Record T-Shirt

If you liked this article then make sure you subscribe to the feed via RSS It’s Free. You can also follow me on Twitter too!

Become a Retro Rebirth Fan on our Facebook Page

Check out the Retro Rebirth Design Catalog and see what groovy Music & Pop Culture designs we have for sale.

Marc Bolan & T.Rex Feature with Vintage Photos & Videos

January 26, 2010

Marc Bolan, T.Rex, trex, glam, glam rock, rock music, photo

Initially a British folk-rock combo called Tyrannosaurus Rex, T. Rex was the primary force in glam rock, thanks to the creative direction of guitarist/vocalist Marc Bolan (born Marc Feld). Bolan created a deliberately trashy form of rock & roll that was proud of its own disposability. T. Rex’s music borrowed the underlying sexuality of early rock & roll, adding dirty, simple grooves and fat distorted guitars, as well as an overarching folky/hippie spirituality that always came through the clearest on ballads. While most of his peers concentrated on making cohesive albums, Bolan kept the idea of a three-minute pop single alive in the early ’70s. In Britain, he became a superstar, sparking a period of “T. Rextacy” among the pop audience with a series of Top Ten hits, including four number one singles. Over in America, the group only had one major hit — the Top Ten “Bang a Gong (Get It On)” — before disappearing from the charts in 1973. T. Rex’s popularity in the U.K. didn’t begin to waver until 1975, yet they retained a devoted following until Marc Bolan’s death in 1977. Over the next two decades, Bolan emerged as a cult figure and the music of T. Rex has proven quite influential on hard rock, punk, new wave, and alternative rock.

Marc Bolan, T.Rex, trex, glam, glam rock, rock music, photo

Following a career as a teenage model, Marc Bolan began performing music professionally in 1965, releasing his first single, “The Wizard,” on Decca Records. Bolan joined the psychedelic folk-rock combo John’s Children in 1967, appearing on three unsuccessful singles before the group disbanded later that year. Following the breakup, he formed the folk duo Tyrannosaurus Rex with percussionist Steve Peregrine Took. The duo landed a record deal with a subsidiary of EMI in February 1968, recording their debut album with producer Tony Visconti. “Debora,” the group’s first single, peaked at number 34 in May of that year, and their debut album, My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair…But Now They’re Content to Wear Stars on Their Brow, reached number 15 shortly afterward. The duo released their second album, Prophets, Seers & Sages, the Angels of the Ages, in November of 1968.

Marc Bolan, T.Rex, trex, glam, glam rock, rock music, photo

By this time, Tyrannosaurus Rex was building a sizable underground following, which helped Bolan’s book of poetry, The Warlock of Love, enter the British best-seller charts. In the summer of 1969, the duo released their third album, Unicorn, as well as the single “King of the Rumbling Spires,” the first Tyrannosaurus Rex song to feature an electric guitar. Following an unsuccessful American tour that fall, Took left the band and was replaced by Mickey Finn. The new duo’s first single did not chart, yet their first album, 1970′s A Beard of Stars, reached number 21.

Marc Bolan, T.Rex, trex, glam, glam rock, rock music, photo

Marc Bolan, T.Rex, trex, glam, glam rock, rock music, photo

The turning point in Bolan’s career came in October of 1970, when he shortened the group’s name to T. Rex and released “Ride a White Swan,” a fuzz-drenched single driven by a rolling backbeat. “Ride a White Swan” became a major hit in the U.K., climbing all the way to number two. The band’s next album, T. Rex, peaked at number 13 and stayed on the charts for six months. Encouraged by the results, Bolan expanded T. Rex to a full band, adding bassist Steve Currie and drummer Bill Legend (born Bill Fifield). The new lineup recorded “Hot Love,” which spent six weeks at number one in early 1971. That summer, T. Rex released “Get It On” (retitled “Bang a Gong (Get It On)” in the U.S.), which became their second straight U.K. number one; the single would go on to be their biggest international hit, reaching number ten in the U.S. in 1972. Electric Warrior, the first album recorded by the full band, was released in the fall of 1971; it was number one for six weeks in Britain and cracked America’s Top 40.

Marc Bolan, T.Rex, trex, glam, glam rock, rock music, photo

By now, “T. Rextacy” was in full swing in England, as the band had captured the imaginations of both teenagers and the media with its sequined, heavily made-up appearance; the image of Marc Bolan in a top hat, feather boa, and platform shoes, performing “Get It On” on the BBC became as famous as his music. At the beginning of 1972, T. Rex signed with EMI, setting up a distribution deal for Bolan’s own T.Rex Wax Co. record label. “Telegram Sam,” the group’s first EMI single, became their third number one single.

Marc Bolan, T.Rex, trex, glam, glam rock, rock music, photo

“Metal Guru” also hit number one, spending four weeks at the top of the chart. The Slider, released in the summer of 1972, shot to number one upon its release, allegedly selling 100,000 copies in four days; the album was also T. Rex’s most successful American release, reaching number 17. Appearing in the spring of 1973, Tanx was another Top Five hit for T. Rex; the singles “20th Century Boy” and “The Groover” soon followed it to the upper ranks of the charts. However, those singles would prove to be the band’s last two Top Ten hits. In the summer of 1973, rhythm guitarist Jack Green joined the band, as did three backup vocalists, including the American soul singer Gloria Jones; Jones would soon become Bolan’s girlfriend. At the beginning of 1974, drummer Bill Legend left the group and was replaced by Davy Lutton, as Jones became the group’s keyboardist.

Marc Bolan, T.Rex, trex, glam, glam rock, rock music, photo

In early 1974, the single “Teenage Dream” was the first record to be released under the name Marc Bolan and T. Rex. The following album, Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow, was the last Bolan recorded with Tony Visconti. Throughout the year, T. Rex’s popularity rapidly declined — by the time “Zip Gun Boogie” was released in November, it could only reach number 41. Finn and Green left the group at the end of the year, while keyboardist Dino Dins joined. The decline of T. Rex’s popularity was confirmed when 1975′s Bolan’s Zip Gun failed to chart. Bolan took the rest of the year off, returning in the spring of 1976 with Futuristic Dragon, which peaked at number 50. Released in the summer of 1976, “I Love to Boogie,” a disco-flavored three-chord thumper, became Bolan’s last Top 20 hit.

Marc Bolan, T.Rex, trex, glam, glam rock, rock music, photo

Bolan released Dandy in the Underworld in the spring of 1977; it was a modest hit, peaking at number 26. While “The Soul of My Suit” reached number 42 on the charts, T. Rex’s next two singles failed to chart. Sensing it was time for a change of direction, Bolan began expanding his horizons in August. In addition to contributing a weekly column for Record Mirror, he hosted his own variety television show, Marc. Featuring guest appearances by artists like David Bowie and Generation X, Marc helped restore Bolan’s hip image. Signing with RCA Records, the guitarist formed a new band with bassist Herbie Flowers and drummer Tony Newman, yet he never was able to record with the group. While driving home from a London club with Bolan, Gloria Jones lost control of her car, smashing into a tree. Marc Bolan, riding in the passenger’s seat of the car, was killed instantly.

Marc Bolan, T.Rex, trex, glam, glam rock, rock music, photo

While T. Rex’s music was intended to be disposable, it has proven surprisingly influential over the years. Hard rock and heavy metal bands borrowed the group’s image, as well as the pounding insistence of their guitars. Punk bands may have discarded the high heels, feather boas, and top hats, yet they adhered to the simple three-chord structures and pop aesthetics that made the band popular. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

Marc Bolan, T.Rex, trex, glam, glam rock, rock music, photo

Various Live Videos of Marc Bolan & T.Rex

T.Rex Ride A White Swan Live Video

T-Rex – Get It On Live Video

T-Rex – Children of The Revolution Live Video

T-Rex – Jeepster Live Video

T.Rex Discography

1977 Dandy in the Underworld
1976 Futuristic Dragon
1975 Bolan’s Zip Gun
1974 Zinc Alloy & The Hidden Riders Of Tomorrow
1973 Tanx
1972 The Slider
1971 Electric Warrior
1970 T. Rex
1970 A Beard Of Stars
1969 Unicorn
1968 Prophets, Seers, & Sages The Angles Of the Ages
1968 My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair, But Now They’re Content to Wear Stars

Wiki info can be found here –> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Bolan

Have a groovy day :)

Peace and Love,
Retro Rebirth

If you liked this article then make sure you subscribe to the feed via RSS It’s Free. You can also follow me on Twitter too!

Check out the Retro Rebirth Design Catalog


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.