Favorite "Guy's Name" Songs #10 - "Telegram Sam"
Colorado Springs, Colorado
October 31, 2016 11:50am CST
Recently, @FourWalls and myself did both a "Girl" and a "Boy" songs series. She is now doing "Women" songs, while I spun off in a different direction. I'm doing Favorite "Guy's Name" Songs, songs that contain a dude's name in the title. #10 is the legendary glam band T-Rex and their tune "Telegram Sam." Led by the late Marc Bolen, T-Rex formed in 1967 in London. They were a psychedelic glam rock band, famous for their hit "Get it On," notably covered by The Power Station. T-Rex made music up until Bolan's death (car accident) in 1977. As both Tyrannosaurus Rex and T-Rex, the group released 13 studio albums and 20 singles that charted in the UK. From their 1972 album The Slider, "Telegram Sam" is a good example of the band's glam sound. The song charted in 11 countries, reaching #1 in the UK, and performed modestly in the States, stalling at #67 on the Billboard Hot 100. Bolan's nonsensical lyrics reference several names, with the title alluding to, according to Wikipedia, music executive Sam Adler. It's a fun tune, and I'm more than happy to include it in this series. The song was later covered by goth legends Bauhaus. Enjoy!
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