Peak UK Chart Position: #2 in November 1971.
To give you a snapshot of the top forty from 45 years ago today, there were just five new entries – Cilla Black (#39), Deep Purple (#38), Burundi Steiphenson Black (#37), Cliff Richard (#29), and John Kongos (#28). Number one for the second of four weeks was Slade’s “Cuz I Luv You”, and the track featured today was the highest climber of 29 places to number eight, a week away from spending seven weeks in the top three.
Formed in 1967, and known originally as Tyrannosaurus Rex, “Jeepster” was the fourth of their eleven consecutive top ten hits after shortening their name to T-Rex (coinciding with the release of “Ride A White Swan”, the first of the eleven). Arguably, they were responsible for the birth of ‘glam rock’, many referencing lead singer Marc Bolan appearing on Top of the Pops with glitter under his eyes. They notched up four number one singles in total, “Hot Love” (six weeks), “Get It On” (four weeks), “Telegram Sam” (two weeks), and “Metal Guru” (four weeks).
This song features on an excellent album that is in my collection – “Fantastic Original Hits” which, as you can see from the photo, also includes several hits from Joe Cocker, The Move, and Procul Harum, as well as a trio of T-Rex selections. Today’s video is a live performance of “Jeepster”, filmed at The Empire Pool, Wembley, in 1972.