On This Day :
May 20, 1972 : Metal Guru, song by British band T. Rex went number one on the UK Singles Chart.
Fun facts :
* Initially called Tyrannosaurus Rex, the band has been formed in 1967 by guitarist, singer-songwriter, Marc Bolan.
* From 1970 to 1973, T. Rex got a similar popularity as the Beatles, in the UK.
* Metal Guru was the fourth and final number one of the band.
* Previous number one was : Hot Love, Get It On, Telegram Sam
Fun facts :
* In 1977, Marc Bolan died in a car crash, two weeks before his 30th birthday.
* T. Rex has vastly influenced several genres over several decades, like : Glam Rock, Punk Movement, Indie Pop, Brit Pop, Alternative Rock.
* They all said that one day they have been influenced by T. Rex : New York Dolls, Sparks, Joey Ramone, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Viv Albertine (The Slits), Johnny Marr, Morissey, The Pixies, Paddy McAloon (Prebab Sprout), R.E.M, Noel Gallagher, Devendra Banhart...
* British band The Smiths based their song Panic (1986) on Metal Guru.
* American indie rock band Louis XIV has been heavily influenced by Metal Guru for their song A Letter to Dominique (2005).