On This Day: Steve Peregrin Took

Steve Peregrin Took and Marc Bolan

Born on this day July 28, 1949, Steve Peregrin Took was an iconic figure in the British psychedelic rock scene of the late 1960s. As a pioneering musician and songwriter, he contributed significantly to the early works of the English band Tyrannosaurus Rex, which would later evolve into the globally recognized glam-rock band, T. Rex.

Took’s collaboration with Marc Bolan in Tyrannosaurus Rex was instrumental in establishing the band’s unique sound, a blend of folk and psychedelic music that was both experimental and enchanting. His percussive talents and backing vocals provided a distinctive quality to the band’s early albums, My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair… But Now They’re Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows and Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels of the Ages.

Marc Bolan and Steve Took

However, Steve Peregrin Took’s contribution to music was not confined to his time with Tyrannosaurus Rex. After parting ways with the band in 1969, he continued to explore his artistic capabilities as a solo artist, experimenting with different genres. Despite struggling with personal issues, he never relinquished his passion for creating music that was innovative and thought-provoking.

Remembering Steve Peregrin Took is to celebrate a musician who dared to be different, who never shied away from expressing himself through his art. His impact on the evolution of British rock music cannot be overstated. He was an artist who lived for his music and influenced the world of rock. His legacy continues to inspire musicians and music enthusiasts alike, reminding us all of the power of creativity and the enduring influence of authentic artistry.

Curated by Jennifer