He was best known as the lead singer of the glam rock band T. Bolan was one of the pioneers of the glam rock movement of the s. He died at the age of 29 in a car accident a fortnight before his 30th birthday. He appeared as an extra in an episode of the television show Orlandodressed as a mod.
At the age of nine, he 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 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. Bolan 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
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InBolan met his first manager, Geoffrey Delaroy-Hall, and recorded a slick commercial track backed by session musicians called "All at Once" a song very much in the style of his youthful hero, Cliff Richardthe "English Elvis"which was later released posthumously by Danielz and Caron Willans in as a very limited edition seven-inch vinyl after the original tape recording was passed onto them by Delaroy-Hall.
This track is one of Bolan's first professional recordings. Bolan then changed his stage name to Toby Tyler when he met and moved in with child actor Allan Warrenwho became his second manager. This encounter afforded Bolan a lifeline to the heart of show business, as Warren saw Bolan's potential while he spent hours sitting cross-legged on Warren's floor playing his acoustic guitar.