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Get It On (Bang A Gong)

#ThrowbackThursday. Back to 1971 when British glam rock group T. Rex were at Nº1 with the impossible-not-to-love Get It On (Bang A Gong). Written by frontman Marc Bolan it stayed at Nº1 in the UK for 4 weeks. In the US the song was called Bang a Gong (Get It On) to avoid confusion with a song of the same name by the group Chase. It was the band’s biggest commercial hit, selling a million copies in the UK alone. It also went to Nº1 in Ireland, reached Nº3 in Germany and Switzerland and landed in the Top 20 in 5 other countries.

According to the group the song was about sex but most of the imagery was so vague that no one really picked up on it. Originally formed as Tyrannosaurus Rex in the 1960s London, the band changed their name to T Rex a year before Get It On was released. Their debut album My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair... But Now They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows (1968) reached Nº 15 in the UK.

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During the 1970s, T Rex achieved mainstream success with the hits Get It On, Ride a White Swan, Cosmic Dancer, 20th Century Boy, Children of the Revolution, Hot Love, Telegram Sam and Metal Guru. After waning commercial success in the mid-70s, T Rex ended in 1977 after Bolan was killed when his girlfriend crashed their car into a tree. You can see the memorial to Bolan on the exact spot where the car crashed in Barnes, London.

Marc Bolan Memorial: Car Crash Site, Barnes, London

Marc Bolan was originally born Mark Feld and changed his name a number of times, first to Toby Tyler, then to Marc Bowland and finally to Marc Bolan, taken from his source of inspiration Bob Dylan, BO from Bob and LAN from Dylan.

In 1985 Power Station, which included Robert Palmer and some members of Duran Duran, released Get It On as a single using the original title on both sides of the Atlantic.

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