On This Day: Steve Peregrin Took

Steve Peregrin Took and Marc Bolan

Steve Took was born Stephen Ross Porter in Eltham, London on July 28, 1949. When he started playing music as a teenager, he adopted the name Steve Peregrin Took, based on the Hobbit character Peregrin Took, or Pippin, from J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

Throughout his musical life, he has recorded solo music, and has played in several bands, but is best known for his partnership with Marc Bolan in the psychedelic acoustic duo Tyrannosaurus Rex, formed in 1967. Tyrannosaurus Rex evolved into psychedelic glam rock as they added electric sounds, more members, and the band shortened their name to T. Rex.

Marc Bolan and Steve Took

Steve Peregrin Took passed away from what was thought to be a drug related accident at the young age of 31 on October 27, 1980, only three years after Bolan died in a car crash in 1977.

Here are two early Tyrannosaurus Rex songs, a live version of “Salamanda Palaganda,” recorded in 1969, and “Blessed Wild Apple Girl,” from 1970.

Tyrannosaurus Rex – “Salamanda Palaganda”

Tyrannosaurus Rex – “Blessed Wild Apple Girl”

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