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.”