Marc Bolan – in 1970, on the verge of becoming a whole new thing.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: T. Rex In Session – 1970
Probably one of the more eclectic entries in the Encyclopedia of Glam, Marc Bolan and T. Rex. Begun in the late 1960’s as a quasi-hippie/folk duo known as Tyrannosaurus Rex, they morphed into T. Rex in 1970 and further morphed, adding extra members, into a prototype Glam band and achieved mass popularity in the process. Fronted by Marc Bolan, they turned out a string of hit singles and albums which only slowed down with the advent of Punk, but T. Rex maintained a strong fan base up until his accidental death from a car accident thirty-five years ago next month. Since then, the legend has only gotten bigger and T. Rex have come to epitomize Glam of the early 70’s when they were at their peak.
Tonight it’s a session the band did for the Top Of The Pops radio program for The BBC in October of 1970, just before they plunged head-first into Glam, but were still shedding their hippie tie-dye roots.
Not a full-on Bang a Gong, but not Warlord of the Royal Crocodiles either.
Evolution in the making.
With the inimitable Freddie Mercury.
Click on the Link right here: Queen – Live – Hammersmith Odeon 1975
I suppose you could call this an Olympics tribute or sorts. Well . . it is a band from England, playing in London to a capacity audience. Okay, the similarities are purely in the abstract. But nonetheless, Queen were an iconic band that started in the early 70’s, hitting their stride around the time of this concert, in 1975. A larger-than-life band with a larger-than-life personality in Freddie Mercury, they were hugely successful all over the world and this concert, recorded by the BBC at The Hammersmith Odeon, gives you some idea of why it probably wouldn’t have been the full-blown 70’s without them.
As always, play loud.
Suzi Quatro – smashing a few glass ceilings in rock.
Click on the Link: Suzi Quatro – All Shook Up – 1973
Anyone remotely familiar with the halcyon days of Glam Rock undoubtedly knows about Suzi Quatro. Born in Detroit, but relocated to London, Quatro was snapped up by the producing team of Chinn and Chapman, who were responsible for the meteoric careers of Gary Glitter, The Sweet and several others, and became an almost overnight sensation in England, Europe and Australia where she had an almost endless string of hits lasting well into the early 80’s. The U.S. was a bit harder to crack, but it wasn’t for lack of trying and it really wasn’t until she took a detour and was cast as Leather Tuscadero on the Happy Days TV series that her career in the U.S. matched that of the rest of the world.
Quatro’s success was significant on a number of levels. She was the first female Bass player to become a major rock star and she was one of the first Women of Hard Rock; a genre that was, up until this time, pretty much an all-boys club. She’s still very active, having released her 15th album just recently. She was doing a weekly radio show for BBC 6 Music and still has a large fan base.
Tonight it’s one of her early singles, a cover of the Elvis Presley All Shook Up, released in 1973.
And Suzi does her 70’s gender-bending best