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Singer/songwriter/guitarist Marc Bolan} was one of the major glam rock} figures of the early '70s, especially in England. After releasing his debut solo single, "The Wizard,"} and its follow-ups, "The Third Degree"} and "Hippy Gumbo,"} on Decca Records} in the U.K. in 1965-1966, he joined the band John's Children} in 1967. The same year, he and percussionist Steve Peregine Took} formed Tyrannosaurus Rex}, an acoustic duo. They made three albums, My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair but Now They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows} (1968), Prophets, Seers and Sages, the Angels of the Ages} (1968), and Unicorn} (1969), then split, with Bolan} retaining the band name and teaming up with Mickey Finn} on the electric Beard of Stars} (1970).

By the end of 1970, with the name abbreviated to T. Rex}, Bolan} and Finn} scored a U.K. hit with "Ride a White Swan,"} the first of ten straight Top Ten hits, and the album T. Rex}. Adding bass player Steve Curry} and drummer Bill Fifield}, T. Rex} expanded into a full-fledged rock & roll} band, and scored a number one hit with "Hot Love"} and another with "Get It On."} (Under the title "Bang a Gong (Get It On),"} the song became T. Rex}'s only substantial U.S. hit, making the Top Ten in 1972.) This was followed by the landmark album Electric Warrior} (1971), which topped the U.K. charts and included the single "Jeepster."} Then came "Telegram Sam,"} T. Rex}'s third U.K. number one. "Metal Guru"} became T. Rex}'s fourth number one in May 1972. (During this period, with T.Rextasy} hitting Britain, numerous reissues also charted.) The next new T. Rex} album, The Slider}, became a Top Ten hit in July 1972. T. Rex}'s seventh straight Top Ten single, "Children of the Revolution,"} peaked in the charts in September, followed by "Solid Gold Easy Action"} in December. In March 1973 came "Twentieth Century Boy,"} the ninth T. Rex} Top Ten single, and the Top Ten album Tanx}. In June, "The Groover"} became the band's tenth and final Top Ten single.

In August, Bolan} tested the waters for using his own name on records, issuing the non-charting "Blackjack"} single credited to Marc Bolan with Big Carrot}, but then he retreated to the T. Rex} rubric, though the original group was fragmenting. Bolan} and T. Rex}'s commercial and critical fortunes declined afterwards, as they released Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow} (1974), Bolan's Zip Gun} (1975), Futuristic Dragon} (1976), and Dandy in the Underworld} (1977). Bolan} died in an automobile accident in 1977, and his work has been reissued frequently in the U.K. ~ William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide

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