Bill Legend

Born 8 May 1944.

Biography

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.

One of three children, Bill worked as a commercial artist after leaving school, while playing the drums for 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.

Bill agreed to give it a try and immediately bought a number of the old T.Rex 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 direction. Bill's first works were playing drums on "Hot Love" and the B-side "Woodland Rock" while T.Rex stayed as a Three-Piece for a short period. So Finn had been forced to mime playing the drums on Top of the Pops when Hot Love was at No. 1.

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