T-Rex have today’s almost forgotten track

T. Rex were easily one of the biggest bands in Britain through the mid-70s, but the hard charging power poppers had their roots in a completely different kind of band…not even a band, actually, but a duo consisting of Marc Bolan and Steve Peregrine Took with the more cumbersome name of Tyrannosaurus Rex…interestingly, with such a powerful sounding identity they were, for all intents and purposes, an unplugged acoustic act…when they electrified the world paid close attention, but there were some of us who were digging the “sitting crosslegged on carpets” version of the band too…see what you think…

 

Greg Simpson

Greg Simpson firmly believes his career in the music industry officially began on March 14, 1965 when a band gave him ten dollars as commission for helping them find a gig. He hasn’t looked back since then and looks forward to celebrating his fiftieth in 2015 with an enormous party paid for by the hundreds of dollars he’s made since then. His career has covered all aspects from radio for many years, and including working for record labels, artists and, since 1992, Canadian Music Week where he programs the radio stream and manages all conference streams and events in real time annually. He also attends half a dozen conferences a year doing research for CMW and is generally accepted as a knowledgeable cat with a few stories to tell. At the root of it all, though, is his undying love for music and musicians.

 

Published on July 11, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson

Comments

July 12, 2018 - 6:40 am

BMCQ

Very interesting you would post this.

As I often do early AM on Fridays I was in my Office You Tubing Bolan and T – Rex, Telegram Sam, Bang A Gong, Summertime Blues, and several others Great Stuff!

Really interesting how he got so much out of his Group when they were not exactly what you might call Accomplished Musicians. Conga and Bongo Man Mickey Finn?

Like too many others Bolan was taken far too soon. Very unfortunate that he was really the victim of something he had no control over.

You have more than likely seen what I am about to point out but you can You Tube T – Rex Bang a Gong with Elton John and you can see a very young EJ on Piano.

Only Tuesday I met two Life Long Friends I grew up with for Lunch and as we often do we talked about the Glory Days at places like the Fraser Arms, the Body Shop, The Ritz, Starvin Marvins, Sneaky Petes, and several others we frequented in Vancouver both underage and legal.

Just after we graduated from High School the three of us drove to San Francisco for a Big week long adventure.

All the way down and all the way back we listened to nothing but T – Rex and Edgar Winter. We still laugh about that trip and the fact we only had those two playing the whole trip.

Unlike you we did not really get into the acoustic stuff.

BTW

Thanks for all of your efforts with the Almost Forgotten Tracks, I am sure many that follow this site really appreciate what you post.


July 12, 2018 - 1:09 pm

George in Richmond

What BMCQ says is spot-on.

There are a lot of gems from that era. My favourite is still from that semi-Canadian band, Steppenwolf with John Kay belting out “The Pusher”.

Actually, one of my personal highlights was going to a BTO concert in Kamloops. Heart was the warm-up band. That was pure gold.


July 12, 2018 - 2:13 pm

greg simpson

Thank you George and BMCQ, particularly for the kind words.


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