Bill Legend

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Bill Legend
Born 8 May 1944 (age 70)
Instruments Drums
Associated acts T. Rex, Bill Legend's T. Rex

Bill Legend (born William Arthur Fifield, 8 May 1944, Barking, Essex) was the drummer for glam rock band T.Rex during their most successful period.

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One of three children, Legend worked as a commercial artist after leaving school, while playing the drums in a variety of bands. He was drumming under his real name for a group called "Legend", fronted by Mickey Jupp, when Marc Bolan, the man behind the new-found success of T. Rex, spotted him and asked producer Tony Visconti to approach him.

Legend agreed to join T.Rex, immediately buying a number of the band's albums from their days as Tyrannosaurus Rex to familiarise himself with Bolan's previous work. At the time, T.Rex had enjoyed their first hit single with "Ride a White Swan". Bolan and his percussionist Mickey Finn had already recruited a bassist in Steve Currie, but still needed a drummer to complete the rhythm section of their new electric line-up. At Legend's first session he played drums on "Hot Love" and the B-side "Woodland Rock". However T.Rex stayed as a three-piece band for a short period, forcing Finn to mime playing the drums on Top of the Pops when Hot Love was at No. 1.

Bolan suggested Legend's stage name, which derived from the name of band he had been playing in with Micky Jupp. Legend played drums for T.Rex on four albums, "Electric Warrior", "The Slider", "Tanx" and "Zinc Alloy". The band had four UK No. 1 singles and four UK No. 2 singles in a three-year period, after which it began to disintegrate as the hits dried up. Legend reverted to session drumming afterwards.

Legend is the only surviving member of the 1970–1973 T.Rex line-up. Bolan (in 1977) and Currie (in 1981) both died in car crashes, Steve Peregrin Took choked to death in 1980, and Finn succumbed to illness in 2003. Legend has a website, on which he tells about his years with T. Rex: [1]

Despite signing a petition against the 1997 formation of Mickey Finn's T-Rex, Legend now has his own band called T.Rex which will tour Germany and Australia in August 2014. [2]

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