Marc Bolan's identity crisis

Toby Tyler

Blowin' In The Wind

Universal Records

Release Date: January 21st, 1965

Words by: Sam Pethers
April 17th, 1965


In early 1965, Marc Bolan (later of T Rex fame) was 18 years old and still going by his birth name, Mark Feld. He reportedly wore a cordoroy peaked cap wherever he went in an attempt to imitate the look of Bob Dylan's debut album cover.

Marc Bolan's identity crisis Left: Bob Dylan in 1962 Right: Marc Bolan in 1965

Feld's tributes to Dylan didn't stop at fashion. In '65 the budding musician booked his first studio session at Vic Keary's Maximum Sound Studios in London, where he recorded two tracks: Bob Dylan's "Blowin In The Wind", and Dion DiMucci's "The Road I'm On (Gloria)".

Just before the record was pressed, Feld crossed out his birth name in the liner notes and changed it to Toby Tyler. This pseudonym wouldn't last long: by August 1965 he had landed on a new surname, Bolan, which was the result of mixing the names Bob and Dylan.

By 1965 "Blowin' in the Wind" was being covered by not just Feld/Tyler/Bolan, but big name artists including Sam Cooke, Odetta, Cher, Peter, Paul & Mary, Johnny Cash and Marlene Dietrich.

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