Steve Currie

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Steve Currie
Born20 May 1947
Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England
Died28 April 1981 (aged 33)
Algarve, Portugal
InstrumentsBass guitar
Years active1970–1981
Associated actsT. Rex
The Rumble Band

Steve Currie (20 May 1947 – 28 April 1981) was an English musician who was best known as the bass player and a long-term member of the English glam rock band T. Rex.[1]

While working for the local Tax office, Currie played with local Grimsby group "The Rumble Band". He joined T. Rex (recently renamed from Tyrannosaurus Rex) as bass guitarist in November 1970 (although the band were still listed as a duo) and continued to play with them until late 1976.

He appeared on all of Marc Bolan's hit singles from "Hot Love" (1971) to "Laser Love" (1976), as well as the albums Electric Warrior (1971) to Dandy in the Underworld (1977). His innovative and, for the time, sophisticated bass playing can be seen to good effect in the movie Born to Boogie.[citation needed]

After leaving T. Rex, he went into session work, working for Chris Spedding.

He died in a car crash on 28 April 1981, while returning to his home near Vale de Parra, Algarve, Portugal. His death came less than four years after T. Rex lead singer Marc Bolan had died in a car crash in Barnes, South West London, and just six months after Steve Took's death. The site where Marc Bolan died has since become a shrine which, in 2007, was recognised by the English Tourist Board (now VisitEngland) as a site of Rock 'n Roll Importance. Steve Currie is commemorated with a memorial plaque on the steps at Marc Bolan's Rock Shrine, as are Mickey Finn, Steve Peregrin Took, June Bolan (née Child) (his widow) and a later member of T. Rex, Dino Dines.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "T Rex band member dies". BBC News. 13 January 2003. Retrieved 10 December 2008.
  2. ^ Wooldridge, Max (23 September 2002), The great rock and roll tour, Daily Mail, retrieved 25 June 2012