Marc Bolan

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Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Mark Feld, 30 September 1947, Hackney, London, England, d. 16 September 1977, London, England. A former fashion model in the halcyon ‘Mod’ era, Bolan began his singing career during the mid-60s folk boom. He completed several unsuccessful demo discs, including Dylan’s ‘Blowing In The Wind’, and he further failed a recording test at Abbey Road studios in 1965. Initially dubbed ‘Toby Tyler’, then Marc Riggs, Marc Bowland then finally Bolan. Either through his love of Dylan (Bo)b Dy(lan) or the fact that he shared a flat with the actor James Bolam, he adopted Bolan. Signed by the legendary Dick Rowe of Decca Records the artist’s debut single, ‘The Wizard’ was issued in November 1965. It was allegedly influenced by his friend Riggs O‘Hara, and it revealed an early penchant for pop mysticism, whereas its follow-up, ‘The Third Degree’, was indebted to R&B. Its b-side, ‘San Francisco Poet’,...

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