After leaving John's Children in 1967, Marc Bolan forms the acoustic duo Tyrannosaurus Rex with percussionist Steve Peregrin Took. The duo signs a recording deal with producer Tony Visconti, for release on EMI's Regal Zonophone label. Following a poorly received US tour, Steve Took leaves to work on his own music and is replaced by Mickey Finn (3).
After a while Tony Visconti shifts label outlet for his productions from Regal Zonophone to Fly Records (3) in UK. After much urging from his producer, Marc Bolan abbreviates his group name to T. Rex and expands to a quartet with the addition of Steve Currie on bass and Bill Legend on drums.
T. Rex (originally Tyrannosaurus Rex) were an English rock band, formed in 1967 by singer-songwriter and guitarist Marc Bolan, who was their leader, frontman and only consistent member. Though initially associated with the psychedelic folk genre, Bolan began to change the band's style towards electric rock in 1969, and shortened their name to T. Rex the following year. This development culminated in 1970 with their first hit single "Ride a White Swan", and the group soon became pioneers of the glam rock movement. From 1970 to 1973, T. Rex encountered a popularity in the UK comparable to that of the Beatles, with a run of eleven top ten singles, four of which reached number one: "Hot Love", "Get It On", "Telegram Sam" and "Metal Guru". The band's 1971 album Electric Warrior received critical acclaim, reached number 1 in the UK and became a landmark album in glam rock. The 1972 follow-up, The Slider, entered the top 20 in the US. Bolstering their style with soul music, funk and gospel, the band released Tanx in 1973 which reached the top 5 in several countries. Though T.Rex was aligned with Glam, or Glitter Rock, T. Rex quite possibly released some of the earliest proto-punk with '73's Solid Gold Easy Action single. Easy Action directly influenced The Ramones and Sex Pistols. From 1974, T. Rex's appeal began to wane, though the band continued releasing albums. American Casablanca label release Light of Love in '74, Bolan's Zipgun in '75. Futuristic Dragon in '76. Their subsequent releases blended rock with R&B and occasionally even disco. Though the final T.Rex singles were punk rock, and even pioneer gothic rock. In 1977, T.Rex toured with pioneer gothic punk band the Damned for T.Rex's last album release Dandy in the Underworld, and one T.Rex single from Dandy, I Love To Boogie placed 13th in the U.K. charts. On 16 September 1977, Marc Bolan died in a car crash just months after the release of Dandy in the Underworld, and the group disbanded. T. Rex have continued to influence a variety of subsequent artists. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020.