Ringo Starr Took The Famous Marc Bolan “The Slider” Album Cover Photo at John Lennon’s House

This is the most famous photo of Marc Bolan from T. Rex.  The instantly recognizable grainy image of Bolan sporting a top hat was used on the cover “The Slider” released on July 21, 1972.

Marc Bolan T. Rex The Slider Top Hat Image Photo By Ringo Starr

Crazy enough, the front and back cover of the album have a double tie-in to The Beatles.  The first Beatle tie-in is that the front and back cover photographs were credited to Ringo Starr in the linear notes of the album.

T. Rex The Slider Ringo Starr Album Cover Photo Credit Marc Bolan

The photographs of Bolan were taken the same day that Starr was filming and directing the T. Rex documentary “Born to Boogie” which was released under The Beatles Apple Films label.

Ringo Starr Marc Bolan T. Rex Album Cover Photo

The second Beatles tie-in is that the photos were taken on the grounds of John Lennon’s estate, Tittenhurst Park which Starr would later purchase.  The historical estate was also the location of the last Beatles photo session and where the Lennon recorded and filmed the “Imagine” album and documentary.

Tittenhurst Park Marc Bolan Ringo Starr T. Rex John Lennon The Beatles The Slider

“The Slider” producer Tony Visconti, however, disputes that Starr took the famous photograph:

Marc handed me his motorized Nikon and asked me to fire off two rolls of black and white film while we were on the set of Born to Boogie. Ringo, the director of the film, was busy all day lining up shots. But Marc apparently saw a photo “credit” opportunity and gave Ringo the credit for the photos”

Here’s a few more photos (taken by Ringo?) from the Bolan Tittenhurst session…

Marc Bolan The Slider T. Rex Ringo Starr Photo Tittenhurst Park John Lennon

Starr or Visconti??? I guess only Bolan would know.

First & Last Photo Of The Beatles Together Taken On The Same Day…


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