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Clive Dunn may have got to number 1 in the UK charts early in 1971 – but something else was about to happen… In March that year, Marc Bolan and T. Rex (formerly Tyrannosaurus Rex) took the top slot with Hot Love, and Glam Rock was born. Rock'n'roll rhythm, platforms, glitter, posing and make-up were the order of the day as the sensibilities of the sixties flower generation disappeared in a puff of smoke. T. Rex went on to have three more number ones and suddenly the pop world was teeming with glam rockers – David Bowie, Slade, Sweet, Cockney Rebel and more. It didn’t last long – the party was over by 1975 – but many a forty-something will still become dewy-eyed at the memory of an era when pop partied on down and had a damn good time doing so. Some music pundits say it influenced punk, others that current bands like the Darkness are glam rock reborn. Certainly, many of the original songs – like Bowie’s Jean Genie and Bolan’s Get it On – live on in the collective mind.

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