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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 30 September 1947Hackney, London, England, UK
Date of Death 16 September 1977Barnes, London, England, UK  (road accident)
Birth NameMark Feld
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Mark Feld, born in London, was always destined to be a star. Even as a teenager he was already seeking fame. Well known as a sharp dresser, he was employed by a modeling agency and became a "John Temple Boy", wearing John Temple suits in their catalogs as well as becoming a cardboard cutout displayed in their shop windows. Many initial attempts to get into the music business failed, and so he turned to acting, landing several character parts in some TV shows including a juvenile delinquent on the Sam Kydd TV series Orlando (1965). His first recording, "The Wizard", was released in 1965 and resulted in an appearance on the TV music show Ready, Steady, Go! (1963). He briefly became a member of 1860s group John's Children before forming his own group, Tyrannosaurus Rex. The group's first single was "Debora", also a track on the album "My People Were Fair", released in July 1968. Although not a hit the first time around, on its re-release in 1972, when Bolan was at his peak, "Debora" made the UK top 10. In July of 1969 the group dropped its folksy, hippie sound to go electric with the single "King of The Rumbling Spires". Unfortunately, like his other singles, it failed to take off, only reaching #44. The group shortened its name to T. Rex and finally broke through with the single "Ride a White Swan" in 1970. This opened the door to a whole series of hit singles, including "Bang a Gong, Get It On"--on which Elton John played keyboards--which reached the US top 10 in 1971, as well a series of highly acclaimed albums.

At the height of his popularity Bolan had a string of #1 hit singles in the UK and became a teen idol as well as a leader of the glam rock movement. In 1972 he released his own movie, Born to Boogie (1972), featuring Ringo Starr, among others. However, due to the rise of 1970s soul music, by 1975 Bolan's career was in decline, at least sales-wise. As a leading figure of the punk movement in the UK, he provided a forum for new acts to appear on TV via his own music program. Cruelly, just when he was on the rebound, Marc died in a car crash in 1977.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: A. Nonymous

Spouse (1)

June Child (30 January 1970 - 16 September 1977) (his death)

Trade Mark (3)

Witty lyrics
Gibson Les Paul
His curly mop of cork-screw hair

Trivia (15)

Girlfriend, American singer Gloria Jones, had child called Rolan Bolan (b. 26 September 1975).
Contrary to popular belief, the inspiration for his professional name was NOT 'Bob Dylan' but his roommate at the time, fellow actor James Bolam. Name evolution: Bolam > Bowland > Boland > Bolan.
Came to fame with his acoustic band Tyrannosaurus Rex.
With his electric band, T. Rex he started the Glam Rock movement in the UK.
Father of Rolan Bolan.
His song "Jeepster" was covered by former Marillion singer Fish on his 1993 album "Songs From The Mirror".
Younger brother of Harry Feld.
His father was a lorry driver.
Parents of Marc Bolan (nee Mark Feld), were Simeon and Phyllis Feld.
His greatest inspirations were Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard and The Beach Boys.
Was in the '60s rock group called John's Children, playing guitar and doing backing vocals.
Was named after his father Simeon's late brother Mark Feld.
Despite his love for cars, never learned how to drive.
Played guitar on the Electric Light Orchestra hit "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" (though he was uncredited in the liner notes.).
Was one of the many guest musicians on Ringo Starr's 1973 self-titled album.

Personal Quotes (3)

If I'm going to die in a car crash, it might as well be an Aston-Martin.
I don't really know what I am or where I'm from. I just know I'm not from here.
[on the death of Elvis Presley] Often badly promoted, badly advised, and obscenely produced in his last years - or so it seemed to me - he was led down the drain by whoever stuck him on the treadmill of these terrible Hollywood musicals and tried to turn him into a sort of Jayne Mansfield. It's sad that he's gone but probably better that he went before he turned into the Bing Crosby of rock'n'roll.

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