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Marc Bolan was an English singer-songwriter, poet and guitarist. He is best known as the frontman of glam rock group T. Rex. Bolan, born in East London, England, started playing music at the age of 9, while embracing the MOD scene. Bolan and the drummer from his first band, John's Children, went on to create T.Rex. Bolan died on 16 September 1977, two weeks before his 30th birthday. He was a passenger in a car driven by Gloria Jones as they headed home from from a night out. Jones lost control of the car, and as neither occupant was wearing a seat belt, Bolan was killed instantly, while Jones suffered a broken arm and broken jaw. She did not learn of Bolan's death until the day of his funeral.