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Ride a White Swan
by T. Rex
#1970

Selection No. 1100

The first time I heard today's single selection was while I was at college in late 1970 (I had not long started there). It was a revelation, even though my mate John had started buying their albums earlier in the year, and "forcing" myself and other mate Graham to listen to them. (I liked Marc and 'T. Rex' a lot, but not as much as John loved them!)

Our blogmaster today, Jon Kirkman, seemed to get exactly the same buzz as I did when he first heard the record - as he recounts below:

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Marc Bolan and 'T. Rex': "Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame"

I was just 12-years-old when Marc Bolan flew into my life; it was October 1970. I heard the song "Ride a White Swan" on the [UK] national radio station 'Radio 1'. The song was deceptively simple and short, but in the two-and-a-half minutes it took me to listen to it, I became Marc's Main Man.

At this point, I was not aware that Marc had released four previous albums under the 'Tyrannosaurus Rex' name, first with Steve Took and latterly with his current percussionist Mickey Finn. When he appeared on [BBC TV programme] "Top of the Pops", however, he was also joined by bassist Steve Currie. Shortly after that and in time for the follow-up "Hot Love", [drummer] Bill Legend joined 'T. Rex', and the band was complete.

In December 1970, the first self-titled 'T. Rex' album was released, but just nine months later the BIGGIE arrived. "Electric Warrior" is possibly the definitive 'T. Rex' statement. Pretty much all my friends owned that album, and rightly so. Almost fifty years on, that album retains it pomp, majesty, and potency. It inspires debate and passion and is hugely influential.

The year 1971 was the big one for Marc and 'T. Rex'. The band was all over the music press and even edged into the mainstream press when covering the hysteria Marc and the band were generating at concerts across the country.

[ More at: http://jonkirkman.co.uk/?p=769 ]

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The single did not enter the Billboard charts in the USA, but did manage a No. 60 peak on the country's Cash Box alternative listings. Meanwhile, in the UK it got as far as No. 2 in January 1971.
http://jonkirkman.co.uk/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ride_a_White_Swan
1970 - Fly Records - United Kingdom - Single release only.
Posted: 3rd December 2019
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Born in 1954, leaving education by 1972, 'glam' was my thing, "Ziggy" Bowie my hero. I was even the only guy in my town with the haircut (though not the carrot red colouring!). Therefore every seventh selection is a Bowie track.
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