|Date of Birth||30 September 1947, Hackney, London, England, UK|
|Date of Death||16 September 1977, Barnes, London, England, UK (road accident)|
|Birth Name||Mark 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
|June Child||(30 January 1970 - 16 September 1977) (his death)|