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Blockbuster! British Glam Rock of the 70s

Updated on October 8, 2017
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The 1970s: The Era of British Glam Rock

At the beginning of the 1970s, I was in my early teens, an excellent age to appreciate a new phenomenon about to hit the British airwaves: Glam Rock.

At the time Glam Rock was a joke. Those with Sweet records were laughed at by friends who were fans of "real" music: Yes, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin et al. Slade were unhip, as were T.Rex. Even the mighty David Bowie was a "pop star" laughed at for the make-up and clothes and was only rehabilitated when punk bands started namedropping him. The Glam bands, however, were to form part of the blueprint for UK punk.

The American version of the Glam Rock phenomenon related more to the Velvet Underground and the Stooges. However, just listen to Action by the Sweet or anything by T.Rex or Alice Cooper, and you can almost feel the UK version of punk bursting forth.

The history of British Glam Rock of the 1970s is documented here by its appearances in the UK charts of the time. Why use the charts as a guide? Because, if you weren't in the charts you weren't glam enough!

Marc Bolan
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1970: Marc Bolan - Glam Rock's First Sighting

In late 1970, the pioneers of British Glam Rock achieved their first chart hit in that genre.

Formally Tyrannosaurus Rex, T.Rex had dented the UK Top 40 with a couple of whimsical ditties in the late Sixties, but it was Ride A White Swan (the single which marked a change from acoustic to electric guitars), that started their avalanche of Top 5 Glam hits.

The diminutive Marc Bolan fronted the band and the story goes that before an appearance on Britain's Top of the Pops TV show, he decided to add two spots of glitter under his eyes. As a result, many mark this moment as the arrival of the era of Glam (or glitter) Rock.

Where Are They Now?

Marc Bolan was killed when his vehicle, driven by girlfriend Gloria Jones, hit a tree in Barnes, South West London, less than a mile from his home. He died two weeks before his 30th birthday on September 16, 1977.

Mickey Finn, percussionist and bass player, formed a new version of T.Rex in 1997, after having left the original band in 1975. He passed away in January, 2003 at the age of 55 from liver problems.


July 1972: Marc Bolan Interview

T.Rex: Get It On (Bang A Gong)

1971: A Sweet Year For Glam Rock

While T.Rex began their domination of the top of the British charts in 1971, another band were also starting their chart career. The Sweet were soon to give Marc Bolan a run for his money.

Although they had issued previous singles, it was not until they had teamed up with song writers Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman that The Sweet were able to conquer the UK Top Ten. Their first hit Funny Funny just missed the upper ranks of the chart in March (Number 13), but their next single Co-Co took them to Number 2 and they continued to release Top 40 hits until 1978.

The earlier singles were simple bubblegum fayre and didn't reflect the band's true identity as out and out rockers. It wasn't until the release of Wig-Wam Bam, a Top 5 hit in September/October 1972, that their own sound started to emerge. This was the first A-Side under Chinn/Chapman on which they had played their own instruments, and while the song was still bubblegum orientated, it showed a harder edge to previous releases. This sound was built upon with the release of the group's next single Block Buster!, which occupied the Number 1 position at the beginning of 1973.

By 1974, The Sweet had grown weary of the stranglehold of Chinn/Chapman compositions and decided to sever the relationship and produce their own songs. They had always composed the B-Sides to the earlier singles, and these songs were really what the band was all about.

The first single released during this period was Turn It Down, which only managed to reach Number 41, due to a lack of airplay blamed on the lyrical content. However, they returned to the Top 5 in March/April 1975 with Fox On the Run, the fifth of their singles that achieved a Number 2 placing. It would be another three years before the band would hit the Top 10 again, with Love Is Like Oxygen, and this single would mark the final time the band enjoyed a British chart hit.

The Sweet were possibly one of the most underrated groups of the Glam era - their reputation tarnished early on because they did not play their own instruments on their first few singles. However, they were Glam Rock giants and often mocked their own dress sense and sound on numerous TV appearances in the early Seventies.

The Sweet are perhaps best remembered for their early Glam stage clothing - glitter, platform boots, chain mail shirts, and makeup - practically defining the camp extreme of the glam rock look.


The Sweet: Block Buster!

1971: Slade Slay The Charts

Slade were one of the most recognisable acts of the glam rock movement and were, at their peak, the most commercially popular band in the UK. During the height of its success, Slade out-performed chart rivals Wizzard, Sweet, T. Rex, Suzi Quatro, Smokie, Gary Glitter and David Bowie.

Band members during this period:

Noddy Holder - Lead Vocals, guitar

Jim Lea - Bass, guitar, violin, piano, keyboard

Dave Hill - Lead Guitar, backing vocals

Don Powell - Drums

In the UK, the band achieved 12 top five hits from 1971 to 1974, six of which topped the charts. In total, Slade had 17 Top 20 hits between 1971 and 1976 including six Number 1s, three Number 2s and two Number 3s.

No other UK act of the period enjoyed such consistency in the UK Top 40, and Slade actually came the closest to emulating The Beatles' 22 Top Ten records in a single decade (1960s). Three of the group's songs entered the charts at Number 1 and the band sold more singles in the UK than any other group of the 1970s.

Partly due to changes in music trends and the advent of punk rock and New Wave music, Slade's success faded somewhat by the late 1970s. However, a new run of chart success occurred during the 1980s, though not on the large scale of the 1970s heights. Slade had another two UK Top Ten hits in 1984, with the singles Run Runaway and My Oh My (Number 2 UK, Number 36 US). Run Runaway reached Number 7 in the UK, and would be the group's second Top 40 hit in the USA - and the first since Gudbuy T'Jane, which barely made the Billboard Top 40 in 1972.

Where Are They Now?

Noddy Holder is now the regular TV critic and reviewer for The Mark Radcliffe Show on BBC Radio 2, where the two often talk about Holder's rock star past. He also presents Dumber & Dumberest, which is broadcast in the UK on Five.

Jim Lea lives quietly out of the public eye in Brewood, a secluded area of rural Staffordshire, England. In 2007, he released a solo album, Therapy.

Dave Hill decided to carry the group on as 'Slade II'. Don Powell and singer Steve Whalley joined him, among others, and they still tour Europe. In 1997 the name of Slade II was shortened back to Slade.

Don Powell: In 2004 he moved to Denmark where he now lives with his Danish girlfriend. Continues to play with Slade, along with Dave Hill.


1972: Glitter & Glam : Gary Glitter

Gary Glitter (born Paul Gadd) arrived on the UK chart in 1972 with the glam anthem Rock And Roll (Part 2), known invariably in the US as the Hey Song.

His style blended glam rock with a driving, upbeat 1950s style rock and roll. Glitter's most popular hits included I'm the Leader of the Gang (I Am), Do You Wanna Touch (Oh Yeah) and I Love You Love Me Love. His Another Rock And Roll Christmas remains one of the UK's Top 30 Christmas hits of all time, and despite some serious personal problems, Glitter's career produced 21 hit singles in the UK, earning him a position among the Top 100 most successful British chart artists.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Glitter experienced a career revival, but this was cut short by his arrest on child pornography charges in 1997. After a lengthy investigation and trial, he was convicted in 1999 and served a short jail term.

Where Is He Now?

In November 2005, Glitter was arrested in Vietnam for committing obscene acts with two young girls. On 3 March 2006 he was sentenced to three years in prison.

On 5 February 2015 he was convicted of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one of having sex with a girl under the age of 13. On 27 February he was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Gary Glitter: Rock & Roll Pt. 2

1972: David Bowie's Glam Persona

Bowie's Ziggy Stardust character paralleled the early years of Glam Rock and came to public notice with the Number 10 placing of the single Starman. This single and its parent album made Bowie a star and 1972 was a continued success with the non-album single John, I'm Only Dancing peaking at UK Number 12.

The 1973 album, Aladdin Sane, was Bowie's first Number 1 album in the UK. Aladdin Sane included the UK Number 2 hit The Jean Genie, the UK Number 3 hit Drive-In Saturday and a rendition of The Rolling Stones' Let's Spend the Night Together.

Pin Ups, a collection of his versions of 1960s hits, was released in 1973, giving Bowie a UK Number 3 hit in Sorrow and itself peaking at Number 1. This resulted in David Bowie becoming the best-selling act of 1973 in the UK.

By this time, Bowie was trying to escape from his Ziggy persona. Bowie's own back catalogue was now highly sought. The Man Who Sold the World had been re-released in 1972 along with the second David Bowie album (Space Oddity), whilst Hunky Dory's Life on Mars? was released as a single in 1973 and made Number 3 in the UK, the same year Bowie's record from 1967, The Laughing Gnome, hit Number 6.

1974 saw Bowie discarding his Glam Rock image and creating his Thin White Duke persona and his brief move into soul and R'n'B.


David Bowie: The Jean Genie

1972: Hello! Hooray! It's Alice Cooper

One of the few American bands to embrace the British Glam Rock era was Alice Cooper, later the adopted name of its lead singer, Vince Furnier.

The band's mix of glam and increasingly violent stage theatrics stood out amongst the denim-clad hippy bands of the time. Their first hit single in the USA was 1971's I'm Eighteen (not a UK chart hit), and its success together with their North American tour of 1971 - which also saw their first tour of Europe to massive success - was enough encouragement for their record label to offer them a new multi-album contract.

By mid-1972, the Alice Cooper stage shows had become infamous due to concerts which featured a boa constrictor hugging Furnier onstage, the murderous axe chopping of bloodied "dead babies", and by then, the choice of onstage execution had developed into death by hanging - The Gallows. That summer saw the release of the single School's Out. It went Top 10 in the US and was a Number 1 single in the UK. Their smash hit had arrived.

Billion Dollar Babies, released in February 1973, was the band's most commercially successful album, reaching No.1 in both the US and the UK. Elected, a 1972 Top 10 UK hit included on the album was followed by two more UK Top 10 singles, Hello, Hooray and No More Mr Nice Guy, the latter being the last UK single from the album. It reached No.25 in the US. The title track, featuring guest vocals by Donovan, was also a US hit single.

Muscle of Love, released at the end of 1973, was to be the last studio album from the classic line-up and contained Alice Cooper's last UK Top 20 single of the 1970s, Teenage Lament '74.


Alice Cooper: School's Out

A British Glam Rock Video Treat: ELO, Mott The Hoople & Roxy Music

Among the giants of Glam Rock that 1972 produced, honourable mentions must be made of the following bands that either began their chart careers under the Glam Rock banner or who came and went during this period:

ELO: The band was formed from the ashes of The Move which had actually been playing in a style very similar to Glam for years. The first ELO incarnation included The Move's Roy Wood, and their first chart hit, 10538 Overture, was a beautiful over the top meisterwork. Superstardom followed for the band under a different guise, without Roy Wood, who would embrace the Glam Rock movement with a band of his own.

Mott The Hoople were about to give up the ghost. They had made 3 flop albums and had reached an all time low. However, David Bowie saw them at a show in Croydon, England and gave them a song that became an instant and massive hit: All the Young Dudes. It's since gone on to be a rock classic, and at the same time re-launched Mott The Hoople into the bigtime. Their success was fairly short-lived, however, with their last Top 20 single appearing in 1974, ironically called Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll.

Roxy Music: Their debut single Virginia Plain, which reached No.4 in the British charts, was a powerhouse glam rock anthem which was to exert a strong influence on the generation of musicians who became the leaders of the later punk rock movement. The band's striking visual image, captured in their memorable debut performance on the BBC's Top of the Pops, became a cornerstone for the "Glam" trend in the UK. Further hits followed well into the 1980s, but none of these reflected the early years of Glam Rock than this first hit.

1972: Wizzard...Cast Their Spell On the UK Charts

Roy Wood developed the Electric Light Orchestra out of the Move, but because of a rift with fellow band member Jeff Lynne, Wood left ELO and created Wizzard, a bizarre group which debuted in the UK charts with Ball Park Incident in 1972.

Greater success followed in the next year when Wizzard landed two chart-toppers, See My Baby Jive and Angel Fingers, (one of which can be enjoyed again in the videos below). Always melodic, Wood built his own wall of sound around these and other singles like Rock and Roll Winter and the Christmas favourite I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day.

In the centre of all this, Wood sported multi-colored beard and mane, added a star to his forehead and covered his face with warpaint or innumerable other oddities. Wizzard seemed to only maintain success with singles, however, and folded when management decided not to increase financing.

Wood also maintained a solo presence alongside his band and managed a couple of hit singles before disappearing from the charts.

Wizzard: See My Baby Jive

1973: Mud...Hits The Fan

Mention the name Mud to most Americans and the likely result will be a blank stare. In the UK, however, between 1973 and 1976, Mud were one of the hottest rock & roll acts there was, charting a series of monster hit singles. They were never a profoundly philosophical band. The group played music to have a good time, which it did for a few years.

Their musical competency and visual presentation - particularly Rob Davis' willingness to ornament himself with dangling jewelry - positioned them perfectly for the glam-rock boom, and the Nicky Chinn-Mike Chapman songs (The Sweet's writers) made for catchy singles.

Mud's ride at the top was a short one, not even three years from start to finish before they disappeared from the charts. The band never intended to have a long or lasting impact on music, just help people have a good time.

Mud: Tiger Feet: Best Selling UK Song of 1974

1973: Suzi Quatro: The Wild One

Ah yes, Suzi Quatro! The US only remembers her as Leather Tuscadero from the Happy Days TV comedy, but in the UK, Europe and Australia she was the queen of Glam Rock long before she hung out with the Fonz.

Because Suzi Quatro's first single Rolling Stone was a flop almost everywhere, RAK Records owner Mickie Most decided to introduce Quatro to the songwriting/production team of Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, who were behind the hits for Mud and The Sweet.

This led to her second single, Can the Can (1973), becoming a Number One hit throughout Europe and in Australia. It was followed up by three further major hits: 48 Crash (1973), Daytona Demon (1974) and Devil Gate Drive (also 1974) on RAK Records. Her first two albums were also huge European and Australian successes.

These recordings, however, met with little success in her native USA despite her tours in the mid-1970s supporting Alice Cooper.

Except in Australia, the popularity of Quatro's heavy glam rock style declined rapidly from 1975, and her fortunes did not revive until 1978 when If You Can't Give Me Love was a Top Ten hit in both the UK and Australia. Though this still failed to break Quatro in the US, she did enjoy some limited success with Chris Norman of Smokie in 1979 on the No.4 hit Stumblin' In.

Quatro has since become something of an adopted Brit. She now lives in the UK and presents a weekly rock show on BBC Radio.

Suzi Quatro: Can the Can

The Glam Rock Story

Children of the Revolution: The Glam Rock Story 1970–1975
Children of the Revolution: The Glam Rock Story 1970–1975

All of the gloriously glam artists are included in this detailed account of the glam rock era. Lots of wonderful information and contributions about the bands and the singers that put the glam back into rock..

 

1974-1975: The Glitter Tarnishes - British Glam Rock Goes Into Decline

While the established Glam Rock bands and singers continued to have spectacular chart success during this period, few new artists appeared with the impact of their predecessors.

Admittedly, we had Sparks and the Rubettes, as well as Cockney Rebel and David Essex, but were these truly Glam Rock artists? Well...maybe, maybe not.

Perhaps, the only group to step from the shadows was the Glitter Band - Gary Glitter's backing band - which made several stomping Glam Rock anthems.

But, by the end of 1975 and into 1976, British Glam Rock was all but dead - with only a few of the established artists keeping it on life support.

Enjoy the following performances from a selection of bands and singers that saw their glitter sparkle during this period, only to see it tarnished by the looming presence of the Punk Rock era...

Glam Rock Lives...On the 'Net

Celebrate your Glam-ness with these other glittering websites on the subject.

And Finally...Don't Get Blue Because...Here's Barry

Did you love Glam Rock? Did you enjoy going back to those glittery days of the 70s?

Thanks for stopping by and spending some of your time....And don't forget to vote for your favorite Glam Rock artist!

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      t2d2 3 years ago

      I love David Bowie, Marc Bolan, and Roxy Music.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      I loved Bowie and Marc Bolan (when I was very young) I really didn't like the others - I think it was the music - or perhaps just the 70s in general! Great lens - more to come I'm sure!

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      Zhana 3 years ago

      Great lens, but how come there's no mention of the greatest glam rock artist of them all - Elton John?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great list. All of these bands were a lot more than some make-up and theatrics. They could all play. BTW, I would have included Mott the Hoople, another great band.

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      MissMalaprop 4 years ago

      LOVE it! David Bowie is my all-time favorite artist, but I love 70s glam rock in general. I watched Velvet Goldmine in high school and still have the soundtrack and listen to it. I think that was a big influence on my love of glam rock!

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      JeffGilbert 4 years ago

      I remember that era. Some guys in aspiring bands playing in NYC wearing makeup to the gig and walking down the street like this. Sometimes, a very funny sight... :) Great lens, very well researched. Ziggy played guitar!! :)

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      anitabreeze 4 years ago

      Thankyou for that awesome stroll down memory lane! Many of my favorites here!

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      John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      Everything here is great but let's not forget Slik, One of Glasgow's finest Glam Rock band, with front man Midge Ure who went on to become far more famous in Ultravox. And then, teaming up with Bob Geldof for Band Aid, he wrote "Do they Know it's Christmas?"

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      MathisForbes 5 years ago

      Funny lens. By Kurt Penberg

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      designOCS 5 years ago

      Huge informative lens! I voted up with the Coop!

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      dalerogers lm 5 years ago

      So glad to see you include SLADE!

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      FestivalGirl 5 years ago

      Barry Blue is great!

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      Lemming13 5 years ago

      This had me longing to dress up in metallic lame and huge boots, for some reason. Cool lens.

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      Karen1960 5 years ago

      This takes me right back to my teens. So many great bands! Thanks.

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      wecomparebooks 5 years ago

      Consider yourself blessed!

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      TriciaLymeMom 5 years ago

      much fun. great music...thanks :)

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      allenwebstarme 5 years ago

      No I never heard this genre, thanks for sharing.

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      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      What a decade! Great lens!

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      charlb 5 years ago

      Great lens and very informative! I was born in the 80s however I am still a fan of this kind of music. Last year we played Get it On as the tune for the traditional lifting up of the bride and groom on shoulders at our wedding >:)

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Great lens and tons of fun!

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      LabKittyDesign 5 years ago

      People tend to overlook that Alice Cooper wrote extremely well-crafted pop songs, and had the great Glen Buxton (RIP) on guitar, who frequently shows up in a lot of top-100 lists. Check out "Hard Hearted Alice" sometime - our vote for best Alice Cooper song of all time.

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      reasonablerobby 5 years ago

      Such a great lens and such great memories. My first glam rock single was Ride A White Swan. Some my Glam Rock claims to fame are that Suzie Quatro dedicated singing Devil Gate Drive to me when I was in the audience at the Rocket club Stafford in 1975, and I when I was working at a petrol/gas station in Nottingham as a school kid I filled up the car of the Glitter Band.

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      cajkovska lm 5 years ago

      Great lens! I just love David Bowie...:)

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      TenPoundTenor 5 years ago

      Great Lens. I love Alice Cooper. I've seen him live twice, his concerts are an experience.

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      glodny 5 years ago

      Just love it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice lens and writing style also and glam rock is really a memorable thing.

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      seeker2011 lm 5 years ago

      Slade, Suzi Q, Alice Cooper. What great times now memories.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      Glam rock was such a memorable time, David Bowie would have to be my favorite of that time in music.

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      danowrites lm 5 years ago

      good lens

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      tebor79 5 years ago

      Seventies were the best era for music.

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      adityasam93 5 years ago

      Lets not forget Queen and Bowie too! ACDC, Aerosmith.. Woo hoo!

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      adityasam93 5 years ago

      I love your lens. Loved those 60s and 70s with The Who, The Stones and the beatles. I love the 90s too, Oasis were the last great traditional rock n roll band. Nice lens

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      This lens is one of the best I've seen - a fantastic job! Even if you are starting to make me feel a bit old ;)

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      Elhamstero 5 years ago

      I'm a bit young to remember any of these. It's a very thorough lens and I love all the details.

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      Bob 5 years ago from Kansas City

      This is an awesome Lens!! You definitely put some work in to it and music lovers everywhere will appreciate it!

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      Pat Moire 5 years ago from West Village, New York City

      P.S. Don't forget the Bay City Rollers from the UK.

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      Pat Moire 5 years ago from West Village, New York City

      I know it's not glam (it sounds more like elves dancing in the forest) but give a listen to the early Marc Bolan in Tyrannosaurus Rex -- before the glitter. Compare the intro to David Bowie's "Major Tom" with the original music of his mentor: Marc Bolan's "Once Upon the Wings of Abyssinia". Sound familiar? And here's to Brian Eno for adding a touch of glam to Roxy Music (on the first two albums).

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      jenniferteacher1 5 years ago

      Marc Bolan was a star! What a great lens-- I can't believe Suzy Quatro even got a mention. :-)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      David Bowie and Roxy Music rule! Lovely lens.

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      wcjohnston 6 years ago

      the 70s was a decade of great music and terrible fashion, geart lens

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      katemiya 6 years ago

      What great detail you provided us music fans...I feel silly because I never considered Alice Cooper glam rock, but understand why he fits the genre.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Truly fabulous! I loved reading about where some of them are now. We were fortunate to get to share some of these great artist. Would I be to transparent if I said you gotta love David Bowie? lol Angel Blessed, as we all were by their existence and by you.

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      Spikey64 6 years ago

      Brilliant lens overwhelmed with great memories. Thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens on the Glam Rock bands. Tastefully done!

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      alanbowman777 6 years ago

      Theres some I didnt know ..I was too young ....some i did and loved .....but the bad part is there is some I have forgotten .....am I getting old ....---- Don`t answer that please . Suzi Quatro where are you now ?

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      Lola4ever 6 years ago

      Of these, I'd say bowie is my favorite! :) Does Bauhaus fit in here... kinda sorta? I know their sound is very glam but their look is more goth than full blown glam...?

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      TopTenLists 6 years ago

      excellent lens. Sent me straight down memory lane!

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      Rich 6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      @ryurek lm: I'd start with T.Rex...can't go wrong with them :)

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      ryurek lm 6 years ago

      Alice Cooper, David Bowie, and Elton John are the only names my silly little American brain recognize. As someone who liked the pop-rock of the 80's and a bit of the odd stuff from the 70s, who of the above should I give a shot to turn me on to UK Glam Rock?

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      DigitalSoundMagic 6 years ago

      I'd love to dress like that and walk down the street nowadays!

      Prolly won't get farther than 100 feet before getting beat up!

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      QuinnWolf LM 6 years ago

      I was born in the 70's but got started listening to glam rock from my older sister's record collection. She was big into glam rock and it was my first genre that eventually ledd em to heavy metal then punk but I still love the 70's glam stuff.

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      Yawapi LM 6 years ago

      wow! fantastic lens - I was just a little kid in the 70s so I learned a lot from this lens - beyond David Bowie and Suzie Quatro who were the only glam rockers I was familiar with. thanks!

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      Fiona 6 years ago from South Africa

      The outfits were out of this world

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      Vishwa Perera 6 years ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

      Awee Awee Awow

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      Vishwa Perera 6 years ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

      Awee Awee Awow

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      mennella 6 years ago

      my music when i was a child... a lot of memories... nice lens

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      Rachel J Singer 6 years ago

      This is very informative, I'll have to listen to some more 70's

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      james g pete 6 years ago

      I love that you devoted so much to this missing link in my rock history. How one phase grows into another is priceless.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @nebby: I feel the oppposite way and loved when you would see guys out and you knew they were rock stars. Now they perform in whatever they happened to be wearing that day and look no different than the other guys in the bar. 70's glam to Motley Crue and the headbanger's ball...you knew who the band was.

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      anansigirls lm 6 years ago

      OOOOHH! I really got sentimental here, for half an hour or so! I love your lense, platforms and all! I just wished I had followed Sweet more closely rather than the Bay City Rollers. Thanks you for the reminiscences.

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      mick_glamz 6 years ago

      Slade , were and still ar my fave band from the 70's

      This is an excellent and informative blog, Well done !

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      ComputerSecurityExperts 6 years ago

      I literally had no idea there was such a large British Glam Rock scene. Thanks for the eye-opener!

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      cuteordeath 6 years ago

      This really is a fantastic lens. :) I *love* David Bowie and Alice Cooper!

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      stefanruse 6 years ago

      Your Squidoo lens creation abilities are amazing. The lens really ROCKS. Good job and real fun for me.

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      nebby 6 years ago from USA

      I love the music of that time but never really cared for the look. I prefer jeans & -shirts where the clothes don't take away from the music.

      You did a great job going through all the bands and letting people know who may not have been around what music sounded and looked like back then â« â« â®

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      Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

      Definitely not my kind of music but I sure know a lot of people that would like this :) Great collection of British Glam Rock...Blessed :)

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      Paul Turner 6 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      Love it. Gotta get me some glam!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens you have here. Needless to say THIS LENS ROCKS.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      truly a great job. deserve the purple star

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for taking me back to my early teens! Glam rock blessed today :)

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      Angela_Rosas 6 years ago

      Super comprehensive list!!! David Bowie is a rock beast! Roxy Music singing sounds a little like a toned down Paul Stanley! lol

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      AllAboutTea 6 years ago

      Heh - they might have looked a little silly, but the Glam Rockers knew music, didn't they? (I am a fan, of course, so possibly biased). Great lens!

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      Angel_Lou 6 years ago

      Great lens! I am a bit young to fit right into those great times, but the music was good. I prefer 80's hair rock bands myself:

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      InnaTsv 6 years ago

      british rock rocks! :)

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      chrisqw 6 years ago

      Really interesting - it reminded me of times gone by. thank you!

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      Russell-Shaw 6 years ago

      Fantastic!! Those were the days, not that I can remember, of course... ahem:-)

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      Fox Music 6 years ago

      Thank you for this Great Lens on Glam Rock ..., Off to see the British Glam Rock Lens

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Amazing lens and a fitting tribute, Bonnie and Rich. Alice Cooper is a great favorite of mine, but I also like Suzi Quatro and Roxy Music as well as many ther bands and musicians. Thanks for tweeting the link, Rich.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love rock! Love this lens. Thank you.

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      kwj 6 years ago

      i think Mud and Sweet were great although my favorite band of that era was ELO

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Hello Bonnie! Thinking of you that you must surely be rocking it out UP there in Heaven. See you some day! Love ya.

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      mannasugar 6 years ago

      Trivia: What is Suzy Quatro's real name?

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      GoPoochYourself 6 years ago

      Awesome music. I totally love David Bowie. The Sweet is great too....I pretty much have their song "Little Willy" in my head at all times.

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      JJNW 6 years ago from USA

      â«ââ¥âªâ«â«ââ¥âªâ«ââ¥âªâ«â«ââ¥âª Forever Love to You and Yours. â«ââ¥âªâ«â«ââ¥âª â«ââ¥âªâ«â«ââ¥âª

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      kimmanleyort 6 years ago

      I have to go with Alice Cooper because it was the first concert I went to at age 16.

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      costumesngifts 6 years ago

      very comprehensive lens, it was funny looking at all their wacky outfits and hairstyles. Alice Cooper is a really great artist (you got me singing "I Might as well be On Mars" in my head right now)

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      vernessataylor lm 6 years ago

      Wow, the 70s really did something visual for the music scene around the world! David Bowie and Elton John were two of my favorite musicians but I never knew their rock style had a more glamourous name. LOL Great lens, thumbs up and favorited.

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      joecarioca 6 years ago

      Very helpful and informative lens for starting off.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My goodness! What a beautiful lens! You sure do learn a lot on Squidoo! I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. Many thanks!

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      QuestForHozro 6 years ago

      Wow!! Would have like to see more Mott The Hoople, but you sure do have a TON of Glam Rock content here! Great job

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      Paul Hassing 7 years ago

      An amazingly comprehensive lens. Thanks for the memories! :)

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      charder 7 years ago

      Love the glam

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      JimH 7 years ago

      shout out for Mott the Hoople

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      DianaPrice LM 7 years ago

      Excellent and THOROUGH lens on the subject!

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      ZazzleEnchante 7 years ago

      Love this lens, lots of research, lots of info., great selection!

      I've lensrolled it to my Guitar Legends lens

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      EdenT 7 years ago

      amazing! As someone in their 20s, I can tell you that glam rock lives on! David Bowie continues to be to glam to let go of! This lens made my day.

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      Paul 7 years ago from Montreal

      Quality lens here, great tunes!

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 7 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      I had posters of Wizzard all over my bedroom when I was a kid...Glam Rock was great! Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      ajsphotographic1 7 years ago

      Great lens lots of information as well as being entertaining.

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      missbat 7 years ago

      Oh, Marc Bolan. I have a special fondness for T.Rex, although I was born way after they were gone. They (and Bowie!) certainly influenced many of my favorite bands! What a fantastic lens. Cheers on your purple star!