Posted by Jan den Breejen (220.127.116.11) on September 16, 2003 at 07:05:26:
Could he have been mainly Idiosyncratic Style?
1977: 'May the silliness live forever'
Marc Bolan: the architect of glam rock, godfather of punk and author of possibly the longest album title in music history.
As frontman of Tyrannosaurus-Rex - later T-Rex - his distinctive voice and eccentric lyrics took him from the late sixties underground scene to rock superstardom in the early seventies.
His first album, My People Were Fair And Had Sky In Their Hair But Now They're Content To Wear Stars On Their Brows, may not have been the band's biggest selling LP, but it established the singer as a unique and quirky talent.
The 29-year-old's career was cut tragically short on 16 September 1977 when he was killed in a car crash in south-west London.
Can you remember the day Marc Bolan died? Do you still listen to his music?
Bolan's music was great in his day and 26 years later it still appeals to today's generation. The Cosmic Dancer will still be around in the next decade - no one could match the skill and sound Marc had.
I will be playing Futuristic Dragon in his memory today.
Jay Dubber, London
Marc Bolan's death had a deep impact on me, as I was a great fan and a teenager at the time. I remember the day well, as we were like zombies at school, unable to come to terms with such a loss.
Even today (in my 40s) when I hear his songs, I remember him with fondness but a great sense of loss.
I was two months and two days old when Marc Bolan died! I have always listened to and enjoyed his music. It really makes you want to sing at the top of you voice and dance about. I think T-Rex will always be as popular (if not more) as it was when Marc was alive.
He will always be alive and kicking to me, as long as the music still gets played.
Marc was an inspiration. There are only a few that can have the kind of influence that Marc had, particularly in such a short time.
Even today, when I want a kick of wacky, Tolkienesque post-modern paganism, there's only one place to turn: T-Rex's album Unicorn. May the silliness live forever.
Barry King, Canada
Bang A Gong: I played this one with the garage band this weekend. It's one of our favourites.
Jerry Hicks, United States
I grew up loving both him and his music - I cried for days when he died.
I still listen to Electric Warrior and it still sounds fresh and wonderful.
Ronnie May, UK
Great star, I could not take it in when he was killed. I played Ride A White Swan that day - I love that song. It should be played on BBC Radio 2 on 16 September.
Andy Morris, UK
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