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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 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 were an English rock band, formed in 1967 by singer-songwriter and guitarist Marc Bolan. The band was initially called Tyrannosaurus Rex, and released four albums under this name—three psychedelic folk and one mellow psychedelic rock. In 1969, while developing the style for the fourth album, Bolan began to change the band's style towards electric rock, and shortened their name to T. Rex the following year. This development culminated in 1970 with the song "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 singles in the UK top ten. They scored four UK number one hits, "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. The same year, the non-album single "20th Century Boy" was released, peaking at number 3. From 1974, T. Rex's appeal began to wane, though the band continued releasing one album per year. They blended rock with R&B influences, and occasionally incorporated disco elements in their music, on subsequent releases before returning to a stripped-down sound. In 1977, founder, songwriter and sole constant member Bolan died in a car crash several months after the release of the group's final studio album 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.