Bang A Gong (Get It On) – T Rex

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………on February 9th of 1972 Britain’s most popular Glam-rock act, T-Rex, kicks off their first headlining tour of the US in support of their current hit, “Bang A Gong”. Written by lead vocalist and guitarist Marc Bolan this is a great example of “Glam Rock.” This is about sex, but most of the imagery is vague enough that many people did not pick up on it. There was nothing all that distinctive about glam music, but it was characterized by the outrageous, often effeminate costumes the performers wore and the very theatrical stage shows. In the US, this was the only hit for T-Rex peaking at #10. They had several hits in England before glam rock fell out of favor. Mark Volman and Howard Kaylen sang backup vocals. Known as “Flo and Eddie,” Volman and Kaylen were members of The Turtles. The band released this a year after they shortened their name. They had been Tyrannosaurus Rex. Marc Bolan took his name from Bob Dylan… BO from Bob and LAN from Dylan. In 1985, the “Supergroup” Power Station, which included Robert Palmer and members of Duran Duran, released this as a single. They used the original title on both sides of the Atlantic: “Get It On”. After falling from fame a few years after this came out, lead singer Marc Bolan was killed in 1977 when his girlfriend crashed their car into a tree. The song reached #1 in the UK.