T.Rex

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Intro and Info

An English Rock/Glam Rock band, that was formed in 1967 by singer-songwriter and guitarist Marc Bolan.

They initially formed under the name Tyrannosaurus Rex, releasing four underground acoustic albums under that name.

Tony Visconti (their producer for several albums) claimed in a documentary on the band that he had taken to using the abbreviated term "T. Rex" as a shorthand, something that initially irritated Marc Bolan, who gradually came around to the idea and officially shortened the band's name to "T. Rex" at roughly the same time they started having big hits (shortly after going electric).

In the early to mid 1970s, the band reached huge success with fourteen top-20 UK Glam Rock hits: "Jeepster", "Get It On", "Ride a White Swan", "Solid Gold Easy Action", "Children of the Revolution", "Hot Love", "Telegram Sam", "20th Century Boy", "Debora", "Teenage Dream", "The Groover", "New York City", "I Love To Boogie" and "Metal Guru".

During this period the band also released six UK top-30 albums, including Electric Warrior, which hit the top of the album charts. In 1977, Bolan was killed in a car accident, and the band disbanded.

Albums List

As Tyrannosaurus Rex

  1. My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair... But Now They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows (1968)
  2. Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels of the Ages (1968)
  3. Unicorn (1969)
  4. A Beard of Stars (1970)

As T. Rex

  1. T. Rex (1970)
  2. The Best of T.Rex (1971)
  3. Electric Warrior (1971)
  4. Electric Warrior Home Demos (1971)
  5. The Slider Home Demos (1971)
  6. Live at the BBC (1971)
  7. Bolan Boogie (1972)
  8. The Slider (1972)
  9. Great Hits (1972)
  10. Tanx Home Demos (1973)
  11. Tanx (1973)
  12. Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow (1974)
  13. Light of Love (1974)
  14. Bolan's Zip Gun (1975)
  15. Futuristic Dragon (1976)
  16. Get It On (1976)
  17. Dandy in the Underworld (1977)
  18. Bolan's Best + 1 (1977)
  19. T.Rex With Marc Bolan (1978)
  20. Solid Gold T.Rex (1979)
  21. The Unobtainable T.Rex (1980)
  22. T.rex in Concert (1981)
  23. You Scare Me To Death (1981)
  24. Megarex 2 (1985)
  25. Megarex 3 (1985)
  26. A Wizard, A True Star (1996)
  27. The Very Best of T.Rex (1998)
  28. The Very Best of T.Rex, Vol. 2 (1999)

Members Name Check

  • Marc Bolan – guitar, lead vocals (Aug 1967 – Sep 1977; died 1977)
  • Steve Peregrin Took – percussion (Aug 1967 – Sep 1969; died 1980)
  • Mickey Finn – percussion (Oct 1969 – Feb 1975; died 2003)
  • Steve Currie – bass (Dec 1970 – Aug 1976; died 1981)
  • Bill Legend – drums (Mar 1971 – Nov 1973)
  • Gloria Jones – keyboards, vocals (Jul 1973 – Aug 1976)
  • Jack Green – guitar (Jul 1973 – Nov 1973)
  • Dino Dines – keyboards (Nov 1973 – Sep 1977; died 2004)
  • Davy Lutton – drums (Nov 1973 – Aug 1976)
  • Miller Anderson – guitar (Aug 1976 – Sep 1977)
  • Herbie Flowers – bass (Aug 1976 – Sep 1977)
  • Tony Newman – drums (Aug 1976 – Sep 1977)

Internal Links

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