Marc Bolan, the glam rock legend, died in a car crash in 1977. His then girlfriend, and mother of his child Gloria Jones, was also injured in the accident, Jones was driving the car at the time. Fortunately Rolan, Bolan’s son, escaped injury as he having been left with his grandparents.
Following the stars tragic death an issue arose when Bolan’s millions, made through his work with T-Rex and solo endeavours, was kept away from Jones and his son. The inheritance was protected by a trust fund still in place with Marc legally married.
Rolan, who was just two years old at the time, recounted to the Daily Mail: “My parents liked to take me everywhere with them but they left me with my grandparents while they went to dinner.
“If I’d been in my usual place in the back there was no way I’d have survived. My mother had a broken jaw, leg and foot and severe internal injuries and was too ill to be told Dad had died.
“The terribly irony is that he’d slowed down his lifestyle because he took his responsibilities as a parent very seriously.”
“My mother went from a millionaire lifestyle to virtual poverty. We lived in Los Angeles and things got very tough.”
This is where Bowie stepped in. A long time friend of Bolan and Godfather to his child. He contacted the family and Bolan remembers how he helped the family through the dark time in their lives.
“David’s generosity helped us to survive… It wasn’t just the financial help – He kept in regular touch by phone and his first and last words were always: ‘Don’t hesitate to tell me if there’s anything I can do.’
“He’d shrug off our thanks, saying it was the least he could do for the family of a good friend.”
In 1994, Bolan’s wife, June Child, died, which resolved the financial issues for the paid. Gloria went on to run an orphanage and Rolan receives a monthly allowance. The graciousness of Bowie is one that will never be forgotten.
Watch the two rehearse together below: