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As the lead singer of T.Rex, Marc Bolan was one of the biggest glam rock stars of the 1970s. In 1977, he was killed in a road accident, two weeks before his 30th birthday.

The son of a London taxi driver, Mark Feld was born in Stoke Newington in 1947. Inspired initially by the music of Chuck Berry, he was expelled from school at 14. He worked as a model and was a member of a number of groups including John’s Children and Tyrannosaurus Rex before shortening the name of the second group and forming T.Rex in 1970.

Now known as Marc Bolan and married to June Child, Bolan and T.Rex became very influential. Bolan took to wearing top hats, feather boas and glitter in stage and the group topped the charts with Hot Love and Metal Guru and later reached number two with Children of the Revolution and three with 20th Century Boy.

Bolan performed with his friend David Bowie as well as with Elton John, Ike and Tina Turner and Ringo Starr.

“The prospect of being immortal doesn't excite me,” Bolan once said. Yet his influence continues to be felt more than forty years after his death with Johnny Marr and Pete Doherty amongst those citing him as a major influence, as did the late David Bowie.