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T Rex Percussionist Mickey Finn Dies

January 13, 2003

LONDON (AP) _ Mickey Finn, a bongo player with the 1970s glam rock band T Rex, has died. He was 56.

The percussionist, who took over leadership of the band when it reformed after the death of front man Marc Bolan in 1977, died Saturday in a south London hospital, the band’s manager Barry Newby said Monday. No cause of death was given, but news reports said Finn had suffered from kidney and liver problems.

``With regret, the band are sad to announce the passing of their dear friend and leader Mickey Finn,″ Newby said in a statement on the band’s Web site. ``His memory will always be in our hearts.″

After stints with the bands Hapshash and Coloured Coat, Finn teamed up with charismatic singer-songwriter Bolan in 1969 when T Rex’s original bongo player Steve Took left the band.

He was Bolan’s sidekick as he progressed from hippie sage to glam rock guru, and performed on hits such as ``Ride A White Swan″ and ``Children Of The Revolution″ and is credited with giving the band its distinctive ``bebop″ sound.

Finn quit the group 1975 when their star began to wane and went on to form his own band.

But in 1997, after band members received a rapturous reception at a public performance to commemorate Bolan’s death, the group reformed with Finn, Paul Fenton _ another original band member _ and several new musicians. They performed all over Europe and were particularly popular in Germany. The group recorded an album, ``Renaissance,″ in 2000.

Funeral details were not immediately available. There was no immediate word on survivors.

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T Rex: http://www.t-rex.co.uk

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