UPDATED Nov 2007 in RED
Bolan was a self made pop icon, and one of the original Glam Rock stars in England. Born Marc Feld, he had a brief career as a superstar with his band T-Rex, but was eventually reduced to hosting a Children's TV series. On the night of September 16, 1977, Marc had dinner with his love Gloria Jones, with whom he had a 2-year-old son Rolan. After much merriment, Gloria got behind the wheel of her purple Mini 1275 GT (license plate FOX 66IL) to drive Marc and herself home. This was about 4am. Shortly thereafter, the Mini was traveling on Queens Ride, at the southern edge of Barnes Common, south London. The Mini left the road as it crossed a hump backed bridge, shot through the fence and smashed into a sycamore tree. Marc's side took the impact, and he was thrown into the back of the car, and killed instantly. Gloria was unconscious but alive.
Official Cause of Death: Shock and Hemorrhage due to multiple injuries consistent with Road Traffic Accident. Passenger in a private motor car which collided with a tree. Accidental.
Mourners at his funeral at Golders Green Crematorium included Rod Stewart, Elton John and David Bowie. Flowers and wreaths were sent from Keith Moon, Gary Glitter and Cliff Richard. His ashes are spread under a rose bush in the Keats Rose Bed, at Golders Green.
On the 20 anniversary of Marc's Death, their son Rolan, who has no memories of his father, unveiled a monument at the site of the crash, and announced plans to launch his own rock and roll career.
Marc historian FEE clears up the curse story: There seems to be a curse on people associated with Marc Bolan. Steve Took (founder of Tyrannosaurus Rex with Marc Bolan) choked to death on a cocktail cherry in 1980. Steve Currie (Member of T.Rex) was killed in car crash in Portugal in 1981. Both his parents died in 1991. Hearts attacks 'claimed' the next three people: Marc's widow June Bolan (nee Child) in 1994; his manager Tony Secunda in 1995 and Tony Secunda's ex-wife Chelita Secunda in 2000. (She was the one credited for putting the glitter on Marc's face and thus starting Glam Rock). Four people associated with Marc died in 2001: Muriel Young (Producer of the Marc Show); his manager Tony Howard; Richard Jones (Gloria Jones' brother) and Joey Ramone (personal friend). Alphi O' Leary (Marc's chauffeur & minder) died in 2002. Mickey Finn (Member of T.Rex) died from liver problems in 2003. Peter (Dino) Dines (T-Rex Member) died in 2004 and Official Born to Boogie photographer Keith Morris was 'lost at sea' in a diving accident in 2005. Even some of his fans have been affected including Nikki Sudden (real name Adrian Nicholas Godfrey) died in 2006 aged 49 and Paul Johnson who ran 'The Bolan Society' died in 2007 aged 48.
In 1999 TAG (T-Rex Action Group) was granted an in perpetuity lease on the site with ownership of 'The Bolan Tree' itself and has cared for and improved the site since then.
In September 2002 Rolan Bolan unveiled a Bronze Bust of his father at the Tree Site.
In 2007 the site was Officially Recognised as Marc Bolan's Rock Shrine by the English Tourist Board in their Guide 'England Rocks'.
SEPTEMBER 2001 - Findadeath.com friend Rodney M. sends this:
Bolan was a lifelong fan of cars, especially American ones and wrote many songs that featured
them prominently in the lyrics. I've heard that Cadillacs were among his
Thanks for cheering up this page, Rodney!