Finally evening’s (November 7) Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame ceremony, late T-Rex frontman Marc Bolan was among the many new inductees, and he was welcomed into the Corridor by Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.
“Individuals knew him as an amazing musician, a songwriter, a guitarist, however he was additionally a poet,” Starr mentioned of his good friend, who died in a automotive crash in 1977. “And he was actually pleased with that.
“He was all the time telling me that he was the Quantity One promoting poet in Britain. Actually, his poetry was as vital to him as his music. He had nice model and was actually not like anybody else I’ve ever met.
Ringo added: “He was an amazing performer, simply unbelievable. And that’s why I referred to as the movie we did collectively Born to Boogie, as a result of he actually was. I advised Marc, I’ll carry the digital camera and all the things else, you simply carry your self. We had a whole lot of enjoyable collectively. I keep in mind plenty of laughter.
“We misplaced him approach too younger, however in his brief life, he remodeled 12 albums which might be as far out and forward of their time as he was. With the assistance of [producer] Tony Visconti and his band T. Rex, Marc’s model began a whole lot of traits. They referred to as it glam rock with singles equivalent to ‘Get It On’, ‘Kids of the Revolution’, and, in fact, ‘Born to Boogie’.”
Starr’s speech concluded: “However it was all the time simply nice music to me. And that’s why individuals are nonetheless listening to T. Rex in the present day. There’s little doubt they consider within the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame — lastly. And I’m very proud to welcome them in proper now. Peace and like to [T. Rex members] Marc, Mickey, Steve, and Invoice, and peace and like to all of the followers from me and T. Rex. Peace and Love.”
When Bolan’s induction into the Corridor of Fame was introduced again in January, his former girlfriend and bandmate Gloria Jones discussed what she feels it would have meant to him.
“He would have mentioned, ‘It’s about time!’” Jones joked in an interview with Billboard, earlier than including: “He was a really humble spirit, however he understood who he was. He understood his price.”
Earlier this 12 months, a Marc Bolan tribute album ‘AngelHeaded Hipster’ was launched. Included on the album are Nick Cave’s stripped-back cover of ‘Cosmic Dancer’, Peaches’ version of ‘Solid Gold, Easy Action’, and Kesha’s take on classic ‘Children Of The Revolution’.
The album additionally contains contributions from U2, Elton John, Joan Jett and extra. It was produced by the late Hal Willner, who died in April.