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name Jason Joel Desrouleaux 
Born September 21, 1989 (age 24)
Miami , Florida, U.S.
Genres R&B pop dance
Labels Warner Bros. Records
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Jason Joel Desrouleaux (born September 21,
1989), better known by his stage name Jason
Derulo (a phonetic spelling of his last name), is
an American singer-songwriter and dancer .
Since the start of his career as a solo recording
artist in 2009, Jason has sold over 30 million
singles  and has achieved six Top 5 singles,
including " Wiggle", " Talk Dirty ", " The Other
Side", "Ridin' Solo ", "In My Head ", and "Whatcha
After producing records for several artists and
writing songs for Cash Money Records co-
founder Birdman, Young Money Entertainment
owner Lil Wayne and rapper Diddy, Derulo
signed to minor recording label Beluga Heights.
After Beluga Heights became part of the Warner
Music Group, Derulo released his debut single
" Whatcha Say" in May 2009. It sold over five
million digital downloads, gaining an RIAA
certification of triple platinum, and reaching
number 1 in the U.S. and New Zealand. Derulo
released his second single, "In My Head", in
December 2009. His debut album, Jason Derulo,
was released on March 2, 2010. He released his
second studio album, Future History , on
September 16, 2011, the album was preceded by
the release of the UK number-one single "Don't
Wanna Go Home". Derulo's third international
album, Tattoos, was released on September 24,
2013, while Derulo's third U.S album Talk Dirty
was released on April 15, 2014.
Jason Joel Desrouleaux was born on September
21, 1989 in Miami, Florida , to Haitian parents.
2006–2010: Beginnings and Jason Derulo
Jason Derulo has been writing songs for artists
including Diddy, Grant Goan, Danity Kane ,
Donnie Klang , Sean Kingston, Cassie , Lil Wayne
since he was young, intent on becoming a solo
performer.  After attending performing arts
schools and honing his talents as a singer and
dancer, as well as acting in theatre productions
like Ragtime and Smokey Joe's Cafe , Derulo
won the grand prize on the 2006 season finale of
the TV show Showtime at the Apollo. Derulo
was discovered by music producer J. R. Rotem,
who signed him to his record label Beluga
Heights Records and Warner Bros. Records.
In a HitQuarters interview, Rotem highlighted
Derulo's dedication to his art by saying, "Jason
Derulo has one of the most impressive work
ethics I've ever come across – he just keeps
knocking out songs in the studio. That's an
amazing quality." 
On August 4, 2009, Jason released his debut
single, "Whatcha Say". It was produced by J. R.
Rotem with additional production by Fuego. The
track heavily samples the Imogen Heap song
" Hide and Seek".  In late August 2009, the
song debuted at number 54 on the Billboard Hot
100  and hit number 1 in November 2009. 
The single's music video was released in
September 2009; after the single became
successful, Derulo began work on his debut
album. He released the second single from his
album, "In My Head ", on December 8, 2009. It
debuted at number 63 on the Billboard Hot 100 ,
and reached number five. 
Derulo's debut album, Jason Derulo, stylised
with an umlaut as Jason Derülo , was released on
March 2, 2010. Jason Derulo first charted within
the top ten of the UK and Irish Albums Charts in
early March 2010. He spent six weeks
promoting the album in his appearances as one
of the opening acts for Lady Gaga 's 2009–2010
The Monster Ball Tour . The third single of the
album is "Ridin' Solo," which was released
worldwide on April 26, 2010. By July, the single
had reached number nine in the Billboard Hot
100.  Derulo has also been featured in a song
by new artist Will Roush called "Turn it Up,"
which also features Stat Quo and Young Buck.
He also collaborated with UK singer Pixie Lott on
a song titled "Coming Home" from the re-
released edition of her album Turn It Up.
2011–2012: Future History and other
In 2011, Derulo recorded a track with Demi
Lovato titled "Together" for her album Unbroken .
His second studio album, Future History , was
released on September 27, 2011.  Derulo is
currently detailing his journey recording the
album via a series of webisodes that are posted
on his official website every Friday.  Its lead
single, "Don't Wanna Go Home", was released on
May 20, 2011. It landed the number-one spot in
the UK and in the top five in Australia. 
Derulo planned to embark on an eight-date UK
tour in support of the album in February 2012,
including a show at Wembley Arena on March 1.
 However, on January 3, 2012, while Derulo
was rehearsing for his Future History Tour, he
broke one of his vertebrae. As a result, he
canceled all of his tour dates. 
On March 28, 2012, Derulo appeared on
American Idol to announce he would allow fans
to help him finish the lyrics for a new song
entitled "Undefeated", as part of a partnership
with American Idol and Coca Cola. Fans
were given the opportunity to submit their own
lyrics to complete the song, and fans were then
given the chance to vote on which lyrics they
liked the most. On May 5, 2012, Derulo
announced that his first post-neck injury
television performance would be on the eleventh
season finale of American Idol , on May 22, 2012.
 In August 2012, Derulo became a dance
master alongside Kelly Rowland , for the first
season of the Australian dance talent show
Everybody Dance Now. The show was cancelled
shortly after its fourth episode aired due to poor
On July 9, 2012, Derulo announced that he had
signed Australian singer-songwriter Arlene
Zelina to his record label Future History (owned
with his manager Frank Harris)  after he
attended one of her performances at Whisky A
Go Go in 2011 before she returned to Melbourne ,
Australia. On July 10, 2012 Derulo confirmed this
on his Twitter. 
2013–present: Tattoos and Talk Dirty
On April 16, 2013, Derulo released his single,
" The Other Side " to radio on April 23, 2013. As of
July 4, 2013 "The Other Side" peaked at #18 on
the Billboard Hot 100. Derulo announced via
Twitter that his third album will be called Tattoos.
The album was released on September 24, 2013.
The album's second single, "Talk Dirty ", was
released internationally on July 27, 2013
(digitally). "Talk Dirty" has peaked at #3 on the
"Billboard" Hot 100.
The album features American hip-hop recording
artist 2 Chainz ; it is the first single from Derulo
to contain a feature. The tracks accompanying
music video had already been shot and was
released in early August 2013.
On July 22, 2013, it was announced that Derulo
would be featured on Jordin Sparks ' lead single,
"Before It Breaks", off of her third album. The
single is set to be released on August 1, 2013.
 "Marry Me" made its US radio premiere on
On Air with Ryan Seacrest on August 26, 2013. It
is scheduled to be released to all digital retailers
as the second single to the U.S. market, third
overall, on the same day.  On Wednesday
December 11, 2013, he was the headline act for
Radio City Live in the Echo Arena, Liverpool. He
performed Ridin' Solo and Talk Dirty.
6 months after Derulo's third album Tattoos was
released (Other than in the U.S) he announced
on March 18, 2014 that he would be releasing an
album with 4 newly recorded songs and 7 from
"Tattoos" as the U.S album and that it would
have different artwork and be re-titled "Talk
Dirty". Talk Dirty was released on April 15, 2014.
2009–2010 The Monster Ball Tour (opening
2010 The E.N.D. World Tour (opening act for
2010–2011 Jason Derulo World Tour
2014 Tattoos World Tour (headlining)
Main article: Jason Derulo discography
Jason Derulo (2010)
Future History (2011)
Talk Dirty (2014)
Title Role Notes
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Himself Musical guest
So You Think
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Awards and nominations
Award Work Res
" In My Head "
"In My Head" Nom
"In My Head" Nom
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" Ridin' Solo",
" Don't Wanna
" It Girl "
" Talk Dirty "
" Wiggle" Nom
" Talk Dirty " Nom
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RIP Marc Bolan who died today on the 16th Speptember 1977. We sure did love to Boogie on a Saturday Night and he gave us plenty to Boogie about. Marc Bolan (pron. boe-lən; born Mark Feld; 30 September 1947 – 16 September 1977) was an English singe Read more ... r-songwriter, poet and guitarist. He is best known as the frontman of glam rock group T. Rex. Bolan grew up in post-war Stoke Newington, in the borough of Hackney, East London, the son of Phyllis Winifred (née Atkins) and Simeon Feld, a lorry driver. His father was Jewish and of Russian/Polish heritage and his mother was a Christian. Later moving to Wimbledon, southwest London, he fell in love with the rock and roll of Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Arthur Crudup and Chuck Berry and hung around coffee bars such as the 2 I's in Soho. He appeared as an extra in an episode of the television show Orlando, dressed as a mod. At the age of nine, Bolan was given his first guitar and began a skiffle band. While at school, he played guitar in "Susie and the Hula Hoops," a trio whose vocalist was a 12-year-old Helen Shapiro. During lunch breaks at school, he would play his guitar in the playground to a small audience of friends. At 15, he was expelled from school for bad behaviour.
He briefly joined a modelling agency and became a "John Temple Boy", appearing in a clothing catalogue for the menswear store. He was a model for the suits in their catalogues as well as for cardboard cut-outs to be displayed in shop windows. "TOWN" magazine featured him as an early example of the mod movement in a photo spread with two other models. In 1964, Mark met his first manager, Geoffrey de-la-Roy Hall, and recorded a track called 'All at Once' (a non-Feld penned song), which was later released posthumously by Danielz & Caron Willans in 2008 as a very limited edition 7" vinyl, after the original 1/4" tape recording was passed onto them by Mr Hall – this is now regarded as possibly the very first known track that the young Mark had put to professional studio tape. Mark Feld then changed his stage-name to Toby Tyler when he met and moved in with child actor Allan Warren, who was to become his second manager. This fortuitous encounter afforded Bolan a lifeline to the heart of show-business, as Warren saw Toby Tyler's potential whilst the latter spent hours sitting cross-legged on Warren's floor playing his acoustic guitar. A series of photographs was to be commissioned with photographer Michael McGrath, who later recalls that Bolan "left no impression" on him. Warren also hired a recording studio and had Bolan's first acetates cut. One track was the Bob Dylan song "Blowin' in the Wind". A version of Betty Everett's "You're No Good" was later submitted to EMI for a test screening but was turned down.
Warren later sold Bolan's contract and recordings for £200 to his landlord, property mogul David Kirch, in lieu of three months' back rent. Kirch was too busy with his property empire to do anything for him. A year or so later, Bolan's mother pushed into Kirch's office and shouted at him that he had done nothing for her son. She demanded he tear up the contract and willingly he complied. The tapes produced during the Toby Tyler recording session vanished for over 25 years before resurfacing in 1991 and selling for nearly $8,000. Their eventual release on CD in 1993 made available some of the earliest of Marc's known recordings.
After changing his name again, to Marc Bolan (via Mark Bowland), he signed to Decca Records in August 1965 and recorded his debut single "The Wizard". The Ladybirds sang backing vocals, while apart from Bolan's vocals, all other music was created by studio session musicians. "The Wizard" was released on 19 November 1965. According to Danny Baker speaking on QI Series G, episode 15 on BBC television, Bolan is a contraction of Bob Dylan. In 1965 Bolan turned up at Simon Napier-Bell's front door with his guitar and proclaimed that he was going to be a big star and he needed someone to make all of the arrangements. Napier-Bell invited Bolan in and listened to his songs. A recording session was immediately booked and the songs were recorded but not released. One song, "You Scare Me to Death," was used in a toothpaste advertisement. The songs resurfaced in 1982 on the album You Scare Me to Death along with such other songs as "Mustang Ford," "Sally was an Angel," and "Hippy Gumbo." Napier Bell managed The Yardbirds and John's Children and was going to slot Bolan into The Yardbirds but settled for John's Children instead because of Bolan's writing ability, in early 1967. The band achieved some success as a live act but sold few records. A John's Children single written by Marc Bolan called "Desdemona" was banned by the BBC for its line "lift up your skirt and fly." His tenure with the band was brief. Bolan claimed to have spent time with a wizard in Paris who gave him secret knowledge and could levitate. The time spent with him was often alluded to but remained "mythical"; in reality the wizard was probably US actor Riggs O'Hara with whom Bolan made a trip to Paris in 1965. His song-writing took off and he began writing many of the neo-romantic songs that would appear on his first albums with Tyrannosaurus Rex.
When John's Children collapsed (among other problems, the band were stunned to discover their equipment had been stolen from a studio, according to a Bolan biographer), Bolan created Tyrannosaurus Rex, his own rock band together with guitarist Ben Cartland, drummer Steve Peregrin Took and an unknown bass player. Napier-Bell recalled of Bolan: "He got a gig at the Electric Garden then put an ad in Melody Maker to get the musicians. The paper came out on Wednesday, the day of the gig. At 3 o'clock he was interviewing musicians, at five he was getting ready to go on stage.... It was a disaster. He just got booed off the stage."
Following this concert, Bolan pared the band down to just himself and Took, and they continued as a psychedelic-folk rock acoustic duo, playing Bolan's songs, with Took playing assorted hand and kit percussion and occasional bass to Bolan's acoustic guitars and voice. Napier-Bell said of Bolan that after the first disastrous electric gig, "He didn't have the courage to try it again; it really had been a blow to his ego... Later he told everyone he'd been forced into going acoustic because Track had repossessed all his gear. In fact he'd been forced to go acoustic because he was scared to do anything else."
The original version of Tyrannosaurus Rex released three albums and four singles, flirting with the charts, reaching as high as number fifteen and supported with airplay by Radio 1 DJ John Peel. One of the highlights of this era was when the duo played at the first free Hyde Park concert in 1968. Although the free-spirited, drug-taking Took was fired from the group after their first American tour, they were a force to be reckoned with in the hippy underground scene while they lasted. Their music was filled with Marc's otherworldly poetry.
In 1969, Bolan published his first and only book of poetry entitled 'The Warlock of Love'. Some dismissed it as self-indulgence, though it did sell 40,000 copies and in 1969/1970 it became one of Britain's best-selling books of poetry. It was reprinted in 1992 by the Tyrannosaurus Rex Appreciation Society.
In keeping with his early rock and roll interests, Bolan began bringing amplified guitar lines into the duo's music, buying a white Fender Stratocaster decorated with a Paisley teardrop motif. After replacing Took with Mickey Finn, he let the electric influences come forward even further on A Beard of Stars, the final album to be credited to Tyrannosaurus Rex. It closed with the song "Elemental Child," featuring a long electric guitar break influenced by Jimi Hendrix.
Bolan, by now married to his girlfriend June Child (a former secretary to the manager of another of his heroes, Syd Barrett), bought a vintage Gibson Les Paul guitar (featured on the cover of the album T. Rex), wrote and recorded "Ride a White Swan" which was dominated by a rolling hand-clapping back-beat, Bolan's electric guitar and Finn's percussion, and shortened the group's name to T. Rex.
T. Rex and glam rock
Bolan and his producer Tony Visconti oversaw the session for "Ride a White Swan", the single that changed Bolan's career which was inspired in part by Mungo Jerry's success with "In the Summertime", moving Bolan away from predominantly acoustic numbers to a more electric sound. Recorded on 1 July 1970 and released later that year, it made slow progress in the UK Top 40, until it finally peaked in early 1971 at number two.
Bolan took to wearing top hats and feather boas on stage as well as putting drops of glitter on each of his cheekbones. Stories are conflicting about his inspiration for this—some say it was introduced by his personal assistant, Chelita Secunda, although Bolan told John Pidgeon in a 1974 interview on Radio 1 that he noticed the glitter on his wife's dressing table prior to a photo session and casually daubed some on his face there and then. Other performers—and their fans—soon took up variations on the idea.
The glam era also saw the rise of Bolan's friend David Bowie, whom Bolan had come to know in the underground days (Bolan had played guitar on Bowie's 1970 single "Prettiest Star"; Bolan and Bowie also shared the same manager, Tony Howard, and producer, Tony Visconti)
Bolan followed "Ride a White Swan" and T. Rex by expanding the group to a quartet with bassist Steve Currie and drummer Bill Legend, and cutting a five-minute single, "Hot Love", with a rollicking rhythm, string accents and an extended sing-along chorus inspired somewhat by "Hey Jude". It was number one for six weeks and was quickly followed by "Get It On", a grittier, more adult tune that spent four weeks in the top spot. The song was renamed "Bang a Gong (Get It On)" when released in the United States, to avoid confusion with another song of the same name by the American band Chase. The song reached No. 10 in the United States in early 1972, the only Top 40 single the band had in America.
In November 1971, the band's record label, Fly, released the Electric Warrior track "Jeepster" without Bolan's permission. Outraged, Bolan took advantage of the timely lapsing of his Fly Records contract and left for EMI, who gave him his own record label, the T. Rex Wax Co. Its bag and label featured an iconic head-and-shoulders image of Bolan. Despite the lack of Bolan's endorsement, "Jeepster" peaked at number two.
In 1972, Bolan achieved two more British number ones with "Telegram Sam" and "Metal Guru" (the latter of which stopped Elton John getting to the top with "Rocket Man") and two more number twos in "Children of the Revolution" and "Solid Gold Easy Action". Bolan told Gloria Jones the track "Metal Guru" would be "the smoothest song in history".
In the same year he appeared in Ringo Starr's film Born to Boogie, a documentary showing a concert at Wembley Empire Pool on 18 March 1972. Mixed in were surreal scenes shot at John Lennon's mansion in Ascot and a session with T. Rex joined by Ringo Starr on second drum kit and Elton John on piano. At this time T. Rex record sales accounted for about 6 percent of total British domestic record sales. The band was reportedly selling 100,000 records a day; however, no T. Rex single ever became a million-seller in the UK, despite many gold discs and an average of four weeks at the top per Number One hit.
In 1973, Bolan played twin lead guitar alongside his friend Jeff Lynne on the Electric Light Orchestra songs "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" and "Dreaming of 4000" (originally uncredited) from On the Third Day, as well as on "Everyone's Born To Die", which was not released at the time but appears as a bonus track on the 2006 remaster.
Bolan played guitar on the track "Have You Seen My Baby (Hold On)" on Ringo Starr's album Ringo.
By late 1973, his pop star fame gradually began to wane, even though he achieved a number three hit, "20th Century Boy", in February and mid-year "The Groover" followed it to number four. "Truck On (Tyke)" missed the UK Top 10 reaching only No. 12 in December. However, "Teenage Dream" from the 1974 album Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow showed that Bolan was attempting to create richer, more involved music than he had previously attempted with T. Rex. He expanded the line up of the band to include a second guitarist, Jack Green, and other studio musicians, and began to take more control over the sound and production of his records, including by then girlfriend Gloria Jones on keyboards as well as backing vocals.
In 1974, Bolan played guitar for Ike & Tina Turner. He appeared on "Sexy Ida (Part II)", and "Baby Get It On". Tina Turner confirmed this in a BBC Radio 1 interview.
Eventually, the vintage T. Rex line-up disintegrated. Legend left in 1973 and Finn in 1975 and Bolan's marriage came to an end because of his affair with backing singer Gloria Jones who bore his son Rolan on 26 September 1975. He spent a good deal of his time in the US during this period, continuing to release singles and albums which, while less popular to the masses, were full of unusual lyrics and sometimes eccentric musical experiments. Although Bolan's health began to fail as he put on weight, the former glam rock icon cleaned up and continued working, producing at least one album every year.
Gloria Jones gave birth to Bolan's son in September 1975, whom they named Rolan Bolan (although his birth certificate lists him as 'Rolan Seymour Feld'). That same year, Bolan returned to the UK from tax exile in the US and Monaco and to the public eye with a low-key tour. Bolan made regular appearances on the LWT pop show Supersonic, directed by his old friend Mike Mansfield and released a succession of singles, but he never regained the success of his glory days of the early 1970s. The last remaining member of Bolan's halcyon era T. Rex, Currie, left the group in late 1976.
In early 1977, Bolan got a new band together, released a new album, Dandy in the Underworld, and set out on a fresh UK tour, taking along punk band the Damned as support to entice a young audience who did not remember his heyday. Granada Television commissioned Bolan to front a six-part series called Marc, where he introduced new and established bands and performed his own songs. By this time Bolan had lost weight, appearing as trim as he had during T. Rex's earlier heyday. The show was broadcast during the post-school half-hour on ITV earmarked for children and teenagers; it was a big success. One episode reunited Bolan with his former John's Children-bandmate Andy Ellison, then fronting the band Radio Stars. The last episode featured a unique Bolan "duet" with David Bowie during which Bolan, by accident, stepped off the stage just as the singing was commencing. With no time for a retake, this occurrence was aired and Bowie's amusement was clearly visible.
Bolan died on 16 September 1977, two weeks before his 30th birthday. He was a passenger in a purple Mini 1275GT (registration FOX 661L) driven by Gloria Jones as they headed home from Mortons drinking club and restaurant in Berkeley Square. Jones lost control of the car: it struck a steel reinforced chain link fence post and came to rest against a sycamore tree after failing to negotiate a small humpback bridge near Gipsy Lane on Queens Ride, Barnes, southwest London. Richard Madeley of daytime TV fame informed fans that low tyre pressure contributed to the fatal crash. Neither occupant was wearing a seat belt. Bolan was killed instantly, while Jones suffered a broken arm and broken jaw and spent time in hospital; she did not learn of Bolan's death until the day of his funeral. Bolan's home, which was less than a mile away at 142 Upper Richmond Road West in East Sheen, was looted shortly thereafter.
At Bolan's funeral, attended by James Stroud, Les Paul, David Bowie, Tony Visconti, Eric Clapton, Paul Davis and Rod Stewart, a swan-shaped floral tribute was displayed outside the service in recognition of his breakthrough hit single "Ride A White Swan". His funeral service was at the Golders Green Crematorium which is a secular provision in North London. His ashes were buried at Golders Green Crematorium. His crash site has subsequently become a shrine to his memory, with fans travelling from all over the world to leave tributes beside the tree. In 2013, the shrine was featured on the BBC Four series Pagans and Pilgrims: Britain's Holiest Places. The site, referred to as Bolan's Rock Shrine, is owned and maintained by the T. Rex Action Group.
Bolan never learned to drive, fearing a premature death. Despite this fear, cars or automotive components are at least mentioned in, if not the subject of, many of his songs. He also owned a number of vehicles, including a white 1960s Rolls-Royce that was loaned by his management to the band Hawkwind on the night of his death.
Fellow T. Rex member Steve Currie also died in a car crash less than four years later. Percussionist Mickey Finn died of alcohol-related liver problems in Croydon, Surrey, on 11 January 2003, aged 55. Drummer Bill Legend is the only surviving original member of T.Rex.
Guitars Electric: Marc Bolan was mostly seen playing Gibson Les Pauls. His main guitar, a Les Paul Standard (fitted with a Les Paul Custom replacement neck after the original neck was broken), was refinished in a translucent orange to resemble Gretsch guitars played by one of his heroes Eddie Cochran. He was also seen playing a black Gibson Flying V with tremolo and a late 1960s model Olympic White Fender Stratocaster. One with both an eye and ear for the unusual, Bolan also played various models of visually striking guitars from smaller independent companies, among them a Veleno aluminium guitar, and the Burns Flyte.
Marc Bolan with a Veleno guitar, c. 1972
Acoustic: Bolan favoured the Epiphone and Gibson brands. Most notably the Gibson Hummingbird and Gibson J-160E models.
In 2011, Gibson Guitar Corporation issued a specification-correct model of his main Gibson Les Paul guitar as part of their Signature series.
Amplification While Bolan was known to use makes as diverse as Vox, Orange, HH Electronics and Marshall, he is perhaps most associated with the short-lived Vampower line of British amplifiers, used through 1970–1973. The model MK1A Vampower 100 watt stack was present and utilised on the T. Rex tours and recordings of that period. When Bolan disassociated himself with Vamp, he was mainly seen using HH Electronics – mostly the HHIC100s 100w power-head.
Signal processors Dallas Rangemaster Treble Booster, Screaming Tree Treble Booster, Hornby Skewes Shatterbox, Colorsound Wah, Watkins Copicat Tape Delay, Colorsound Overdriver.
Bolan was the early guitar idol of Johnny Marr, who later found fame as the guitarist of the influential indie rock band the Smiths.
In 1979, Witch Queen recorded a version of "Bang-a-Gong" that reached #68 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in late May.
In 1979, Siouxsie and the Banshees released a cover of "20th Century Boy" as the B-side to the single "The Staircase (Mystery)".
In December 1980, "Telegram Sam" was the fourth single released by British gothic rock band Bauhaus.
Also in 1980, the Bongos were the first American group, with "Mambo Sun", to enter the Billboard charts with a T.Rex cover. Since then, Bongos frontman Richard Barone has recorded several other Bolan compositions ("The Visit," "Ballrooms of Mars"), worked with T.Rex producer Tony Visconti for his current solo album, Glow (2010, Bar/None Records) that includes a remake of Bolan's "Girl" from Electric Warrior, and has himself produced tracks for Bolan's son Rolan.
In 1981, Department S released a cover of "Solid Gold Easy Action" as the b-side to the single "Is Vic There?".
In 1983, NWOBHM legends Girlschool covered "20th Century Boy" on their Play Dirty
In 1984, the Replacements released a cover of "20th Century Boy" as a B-side to the single "I Will Dare"; it is also included on the reissue version of their album Let It Be.
In 1993, Adam Ant covered the track live on the Limited Edition live disc of his Antmusic: The Very Best of Adam Ant collection.
In 1994, Madman Records released the first T.Rextasy single 'Baby Factory' which included the Bolan compositions 'Planet Queen', and 'Girl'
In 1985, Duran Duran splinter band Power Station, with Robert Palmer as vocalist, took a version of "Get It On" into the UK Top 40 and to US No. 6, the first cover of a Bolan song to enter the charts since his death. They also performed the tune (with Michael Des Barres replacing Palmer) at the US Live Aid concert.
In 1986, the Violent Femmes performed "Children of the Revolution" on their third album The Blind Leading the Naked, for which they also recorded a music video.
In 1989, X released a live cover of "20th Century Boy" as the B-side to their single "Kurenai".
In 1990, Baby Ford did a cover of "Children of the Revolution" that appeared on the album Oooh, The World of Baby Ford.
In 1991, T-Bolan a Japanese rock band debuted. The name of this band was inspired by T. Rex and its vocalist Marc Bolan.
In 1993, Guns N' Roses covered "Buick MacKane" on The Spaghetti Incident? but it was mislabelled on the album as "Buick Makane".
In 1994, Billy Idol wore a t-shirt reproducing The Slider album cover in his popular video supporting the song "Speed". That was a clear homage to Marc Bolan, who helped Generation X to rise at the very beginning of their career.
In 1994, T.Rextasy released an album of Bolan compositions on their album 'Trip & Glide Through The Ballrooms of T.Rextasy' (Madman Records – Europe) (Quattro Records – Japan)
Also in 1994, A House covered "Children of the Revolution" as a B-side on their "Here Come the Good Times" single alongside tracks originally by Bolan's erstwhile support band, The Damned, and by Donna Summer.
In 1995 Darryl Read released "Teenage Dream" as a single and Bill Legend of T. Rex drums on this version – for the second time round. This single was reissued in 2009 along with a promotional video filmed at the Roundhouse London – featuring Read and Legend with T. Rex fans.
In 1997 T.Rextasy released the album 'Savage Beethoven' on the Columbia Records label (Japan) and on Madman Records (Europe) with a series of Bolan cover versions
On 30 September 1997 a concert was organised by Mick Gray (aka Mickey Marmalade) at The Cambridge Corn Exchange(friend to June and ex T.Rex roadie & Tour Manager LA & France} to celebrate Marc Bolan's 50th birthday. T.Rextasy were the house band and paid by the organiser. The event included ex-T.Rex members Mickey Finn, Jack Green, and Paul Fenton who were all old pals of Marmalade and came together to celebrate this event.
In 2003 Depeche Mode's Martin Gore recorded a cover of "Life Is Strange", and included it as a b-side of the single "Stardust".
In 2005 T.Rextasy released a 19 track compilation of Bolan tracks on the Madman Record label.
In 2006 Def Leppard released their album Yeah!, which contains covers of their favourite bands while growing up, the first song on this album is "20th Century Boy". Joe Elliott wanted to sing "Metal Guru" while Vivian Campbell wanted "Telegram Sam" but end up agreeing to "20th Century Boy". It's not the first time that Def Leppard has sung a T.Rex song; there is a live version of Get It On.
In 2008 Madman Records released a Xmas T.Rextasy CDEP including 'I Love To Boogie', and 'Hot Love', with an additional DVD enhaced video with Rolan Bolan & Danielz performing 'Dreamy Lady'.
In 2009 Danielz & John Skelton from T.Rextasy released an acoustic album of Bolan compositions entitled 'A Dream That Lasts Forever – T.Rextasy Unplugged', on the Madman Records Label
"Children of the Revolution" was similarly performed by Elton John and Pete Doherty of The Libertines at Live 8, 20 years later. U2's Bono and Gavin Friday also covered "Children of the Revolution" on the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack.
In 2000, Naoki Urasawa created a Japanese manga entitled 20th Century Boys that was inspired by Marc Bolan's song, "20th Century Boy". The series is a multiple award-winner, and has also been released in North America. The story was adopted into three successful live-action movies from 2008 to 2009, which were also released in the US, Canada and the UK.
"20th Century Boy" introduced a new generation of devotees to Bolan's work in 1991 when it was featured on a Levi's jeans TV commercial featuring Brad Pitt, and was re-released, reaching the UK Top 20. The song was performed by the fictional band The Flaming Creatures (performed by Placebo, reprised by Placebo and David Bowie at the 1999 BRIT Awards) in the 1998 film Velvet Goldmine. In every decade since his death, a Bolan greatest hits compilation has placed in the top 20 UK albums and periodic boosts in sales have come via cover versions from artists inspired by Bolan, including Morrissey and Siouxsie and the Banshees. Similarly, "I Love to Boogie" was briefly used on an advert for Robinson's soft drink in 2001, bringing Bolan's music to a new generation. Mitsubishi also featured "20th Century Boy" in a 2002 car commercial, prompting Hip-O Records to release a best-of collection CD titled 20th Century Boy: The Ultimate Collection.
His music is still widely used in films, recent notable cases being Breakfast on Pluto, Death Proof, Lords of Dogtown, Billy Elliot, Jarhead, Moulin Rouge!, Herbie: Fully Loaded, Breaking-Up, Hot Fuzz, Click, School of Rock , Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, & Dallas Buyers Club. Bolan is still cited by many guitar-centric bands as a huge influence (Joy Division/New Order's Bernard Sumner has said that the first single he owned was "Ride a White Swan".) However, he always maintained he was a poet who put lyrics to music. The tunes were never as important as the words.
An altogether less welcome legacy for his friends and family is the ongoing row about his fortune. Bolan had arranged a discretionary trust to safeguard his money. His death left the fortune beyond the reach of those closest to him and both his family and journalists have taken an active interest in investigating the situation, so far with little result other than bringing the story to wider attention. A small, separate Jersey-based trust fund has allowed his son to receive some income. However, the bulk of Bolan's fortune, variously estimated at between £20 and £30 million (approx $38 – $57 million), remains in trust. As of 2007, Bolan's family is supposed to have a house paid for by the trust, and Rolan is supposed to receive an allowance.
Bolan returned to the top of the UK charts in 2005 when the remastered, expanded Born to Boogie DVD hit No. 1 in the Music DVD charts.
In 2006, following an application by Mick Gray it was revealed that English Heritage had refused to commission a blue plaque to commemorate Bolan, as they believed him to be of "insufficient stature or historical significance". There is, however, an existing plaque dedicated to Bolan at his childhood home, put there by Hackney Council.
There are also two plaques dedicated to his memory at Golders Green Crematorium in North London. The first was placed there in the mid-1990s in white marble and was installed by the Tyrannosaurus Rex Appreciation Society with the help of fans worldwide. The second was installed the official Marc Bolan fan club and fellow fans in September 2002, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his passing. The inscription on the stone, which also bears his image, reads '25 years on – his light of love still shines brightly'. Placed beneath the plaque there is an appropriate ceramic figure of a white swan.
In 2006, TV series Life on Mars, William Matheson portrays Marc Bolan, circa 1973, in a bar in Manchester. Time-travelling Sam Tyler recognises him, has a fan boy moment, and warns him to be careful of riding in Minis. In the American version of the series, the character is replaced by that of Jim Croce, who died later that year in a plane crash, and Sam warns him. However, the T. Rex version of "Get It On" is played in the New York dance club in that scene.
In 2007, the English Tourist Board included Marc Bolan's Rock Shrine in their guide to Important Sites of Rock 'n Roll interest 'England Rocks.
In September 2007, a special concert was held by Danielz & T.Rextasy for Marc Bolan's 30th Commemorative Anniversary at The Shepherd's Bush Empire in London – guests who sang alongside the band included Gloria Jones, Tony Visconti, Marc Almond, Linda Lewis, Clem Burke, Ray Dorset, Andy Ellison, Howie Casey, etc. A special DVD of the concert was released by the Demon Music Group.
One of Bolan's guitars, a Gibson Flying V, recently[when?] turned up on Antiques Roadshow in the hands of a private collector. The appraiser estimated the value of the guitar to be approximately £50,000–60,000.
As reported in 2011, a school is planned in his honour, to be built in Sierra Leone: The Marc Bolan School of Music and Film.
The Cameron Crowe-created movie "Almost Famous" features a scene where a Black Sabbath groupie is telling aspiring journalist William Miller (said to be created in Crowe's own image) about how, "Marc Bolan broke her heart, man. It's famous," regarding the character of Penny Lane, played by Kate Hudson.
A musical, 20th Century Boy, based on Bolan's life, and featuring his music, premiered at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich. in 2011.
Released 16 April 2011, in honour of Record Store Day, San Francisco garage rock artist Ty Segall performs six T. Rex songs on his EP "Ty Rex". In 2013 on Record Store Day Segall released "Ty Rex 2".
On 15 September 2012, in honour of Marc's 35th year of passing, Danielz & T.Rextasy, in conjunction with the Performing Right Society, arranged a special performance at The Shepherds Bush Empire in London. Guests included Noddy Holder, Lynsey De Paul, Tony Visconti, Marc Almond, Boy George, Steve Harley, Sandie Shaw, Glen Matlock, Alvin Stadust, etc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Bolan
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