20th Century Boy
Children of the Revolution
The first "glitter rockers," the group T. Rex was one of the most popular in British rock history.
In 1967, singer-songwriter Marc Bolan (born Mark Feld), a mod fashion model who later performed as a folk musician, formed the group "Tyrannosaurus Rex" with bongo player Steve Took (born Steve Turner). In 1970 they became "T.Rex" and evolved into the first ever "glam" band.
"Bringing in bassist Steve Currie and drummer Bill Legend (born Bill Fifield), the now-quartet recorded the single Hot Love, which reached No. 1 in the U.K. and ushered in an era of what critics called 'T.Rextacy.' The group's next single, Bang a Gong, Get It On, reached No. 1 in Britain and No. 10 in the United States, setting the stage for the huge success of the group's next album, the U.K. No. 1, critically acclaimed Electric Warrior... T. Rex came to a tragic end. Just as Marc Bolan appeared to be making a comeback -- he was writing songs with his old friend and musical rival David Bowie -- he died in a tragic auto accident on September 16, 1977. T. Rex bassist Steve Currie also died in an auto accident, four years later. Percussionist Steve Took choked to death in 1980."