One Inch Rock


Tyrannosaurus Rex

  Steve 'Peregrine' Took; Marc Bolan

'One Inch Rock' was the second attempt at the charts by this unusual acoustic duo. Marc Bolan had previously been a member of the unsuccessful 'John's Children'

''One Inch Rock' which reached #28 in the UK chart was the most successful of the duo's five singles. However, no doubt heightened by Marc Bolan's early demise, these few singles are now among the most prized pieces of 7 inch vinyl from the late 1960s.

Tyrannosaurus Rex last minor hit was 'King Of The Rumbling Spires' which had Bolan on electric rather than the original acoustic guitar. Steve Took was replaced by the improbably named Mickey Finn, but the big change came when the group abbreviated its name to T.Rex and expanded to a quartet. Between 1970 and 1974, the group were to notch up 10 top-ten hits including 3 #1s.

Marc Bolan died in a car crash on September 16th 1977.



Fleetwood Mac

  Mick Fleetwood; Peter Green; John McVie; Jeremy Spencer; etc

Fleetwood Mac, originally brought together by Peter Green, were a traditional blues band during the late 1960s, but their smash hit 'Albatross' had broader appeal.

'Albatross' and its follow up 'Man Of The World' were untypical of Fleetwood Mac's stage material, but made the band famous.

Peter Green left the group in 1970 and despite a little unsuccessful solo work he gradually drifted away almost to become a recluse.

The loss of Green was traumatic for the group, but after several changes in personnel Fleetwood Mac become one of the most revered and long lasting UK bands of the 1970s and 1980s.



The Who

  Peter Townshend; Roger Daltrey; Keith Moon; John Entwistle

'Dogs' was one of the very many 'rock' numbers penned by the group's most famous member Pete Townshend. This record was one of only two chart entries the group achieved during 1968, and it looked possible that the Who's fortunes could wane.

However, no doubt due to the originality and inventiveness of Townshend, through works like the 'Rock Opera' Tommy, the group would continue to rise from strength to strength.

The Who's chart career began in 1965, a little later than those on the first wave of the 1960s 'beat boom'. Unlike their nearest rivals the Rolling Stones, the Who were not true to an earlier or established musical form. Indeed, the Who were a very important influence in establishing 'rock' rather than 'rock and roll' or 'R&B' as the music of youth in the decade that was to follow.

The Who were also one of the most enduring of the groups that established themselves during the 1960s. Perhaps because of their unrivalled innovation they continued their almost constant musical successes through into the 1990s.

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