Steve Currie

Born 19 May 1947. Died 28 April 1981.

Biography

Steve Currie (19 May 1947 – 28 April 1981) was born in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, England. He was best known as the bass player and long-term member of the English glam rock band T. Rex.

Whilst still at Grimsby tech college, 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 most memorable hit singles from "Ride a White Swan" (1970) 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.

After leaving T. Rex, he went into session work, working for Chris "Motorbikin'" Spedding.

He died in a car crash on 28 April 1981, whilst 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. The site where Marc Bolan died has since become a shrine which in 2007 was recognised by the English Tourist Board (Enjoy England) as a site of Rock 'n Roll Importance. Steve Currie is commemorated with a memorial plaque on the steps at Bolan's Rock Shrine, as are Mickey Finn, Steve Peregrine Took, June Bolan (née Child) (his widow) and later member of T. Rex Dino Dines.

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