Some 43 years after his death at age 29, the leading in forced in British glam, Marc Bolan, is getting his due as his band T. Rex finally enters the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On Saturday night (November 7th), his friend and collaborator Ringo Starr will do the honors saluting Bolan and the band. Ringo has directed the quintessential look at Bolan at the peak of his fame in the 1972 movie, Born To Boogie. T. Rex was primarily known Stateside for its sole Top 40 hit, the Top 10 — “Bang A Gong (Get It On)” — which was renamed from its original title “Get It On,” which was deemed too risque for the U.S. audience in 1971. The group, which was led — on every level — by Bolan, was tremendous force in the UK in the early-’70s, leading the glam movement along with David Bowie and Slade. Bolan and T. Rex drew countless comparisons to the “Beatlemania”-like state Bolan drove his fans into, which was dubbed, “T-Rextasy.”
The 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions have downshifted to a virtual ceremony this year, with the event airing on Saturday (November 7th) on HBO at 8 pm ET. This year marks the first time the Rock Hall will induct its members online.
This year’s class also includes the Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, and the Notorious B.I.G. Jon Landau — Bruce Springsteen’s manager and producer, along with music mogul and Eagles manager Irving Azoff, will be both receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award.
Marc Bolan and T. Rex were saluted back in September with release of the tribute album, AngelHeaded Hipster.
U2 and Elton John teaming up to cover Bolan’s signature classic “Bang A Gong (Get It On)” the album also features performances by Todd Rundgren, Joan Jett, both Julian and Sean Lennon — on separate tracks, Perry Farrell, and Kesha, among others.
CHECK IT OUT: T. Rex — with Elton John – in 1971 performing “Get It On” on England’s Top Of The Pops:
CHECK IT OUT: T. Rex in 1971 performing “Jeepster” on Germany’s Beat Club:
CHECK IT OUT: T. Rex with Ringo Starr & Elton John in 1972 performing “Children Of The Revolution” from 1972’s Born To Boogie: