“What can I do? Standing next to you”
Marc Bolan died forty years ago today on September 16th, 1977, two weeks before his 30th birthday.
He was a close friend of Bowie’s right up until the last. The pair are pictured here when they appeared together on an episode of ‘Marc’, Bolan’s 1977 TV show.
‘Marc’ was recorded in Manchester on September 7th, 1977, and broadcast on September 28th, 1977.
Today’s lyric quotation is from the song they wrote and attempted to perform together, Standing Next To You. However, the recording was truncated when Marc fell off the stage.
Bowie also performed "Heroes" on the show, a performance that remains dear to fans who heard it at the time, as it was the first televised performance of the song.
If the music of Marc Bolan and T Rex has somehow escaped you thus far, you really must treat yourself. And there’s no finer place to start than the Tony Visconti produced Electric Warrior.
FOOTWEARNOTE: Swipe picture for a Polaroid of David Bowie at Andy Warhol’s Factory on September 14th, 1971, ten days before the release of Electric Warrior. Bowie is sporting a pair of shoes given to him by Bolan, a footwear choice which impressed Warhol. The picture is taken from TASCHEN’s superb, Andy Warhol: Polaroids 1958-1987