Gloria Jones first met Marc Bolan of T. Rex in 1969 while performing in Hair (Los Angeles cast). While touring in Europe, Bolan and Jones met for the second time at the Speakeasy in London. In 1972, she was recommended by Warner Brothers’ Bob Regere to sing backing vocals behind T. Rex at Winterland in San Francisco.
Soon after joining T. Rex, Jones and Bolan became romantically involved. Together, they had a son, Rolan Bolan (b. 1975). She sang backing vocals and played clavinet with T. Rex from 1973 to 1977. Her rendition of “Dock of the Bay” appears as a bonus track on T.Rex’s album Bolan’s Zip Gun. Jones released an album in 1976, called Vixen, featuring several songs written by Bolan, and he also was the producer.
She was the driver of the car, a Mini 1275 GT, that crashed and killed Bolan at 4:00 am on September 16, 1977 on the way home to Bolan’s Richmond property. They had been out to a restaurant in Mayfair and had been drinking wine. Jones was found by her brother Richard, her foot trapped beneath the clutch by the engine, while Bolan was found still in the passenger seat which had been dislodged and landed in the rear of the vehicle.
Jones broke her jaw in the accident. When she was well enough to leave the hospital, she soon was told that Bolan’s fans had looted what was left of their possessions. She was later due to appear in court in London on charges of being unfit to drive and driving a car in a dangerous condition. She never returned to face the charges and the Coroner’s Court recorded a verdict of accidental death.
These romantic photos that show beautiful moments of Marc Bolan and his girlfriend Gloria Jones from 1973 until his death.