This day in HISTOROCK !!
In 1967, in this week's music weekly Melody Maker's ad's pages, "Freaky lead guitarist, bass and drummer wanted for Marc Bolan's new group . Also any other astral flyers like with car's amplification and that which never grows in window boxes, phone Wimbledon 0697." The band who formed as Tyrannosaurus Rex, went on to release four underground folk albums before becoming known as T Rex !! Bolan also married his girlfriend, who just happened to be the former secretary to the manager of Syd Barrett !! Tyrannosaurus Rex started out as an acoustic duo before Bolan started bringing an amplifier to shows to experiment with . They also received support and airplay from famed and legendary Radio1 DJ John Peel !! In 1971, Bolan changed the name of the band to T Rex, started wearing top hats and recorded "Ride A White Swan" which peaked at No 2 on the UK charts !! They followed that with "Hot Love" which went No 1 for 6 weeks and then released "Get It On" which was later renamed Bang A Gong(Get It On) to avoid confusion with another song of the same name by the American band Chase !! Bang A Gong peaked at no 10 in the US and was the bands only Top 10 US hit !! He has also made guitar appearances on albums by David Bowie , Tina Turner & Ringo Starr to name a few !! Bolan died on September 16, 1977, two weeks before his 30th birthday !! He was a passenger in a car driven by Gloria Jones as they headed home from a restaurant in Berkeley Square. Jones lost control of the car and it struck a steel reinforced chain link fence post . Bolan was killed instantly . His crash site has 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 !! RIP Marc Bolan(T Rex) !!
Keep on ROCKIN !!