On This Day 16/9/ 1977

 Marc Bolan in 19701977: T-Rex singer killed in car smashSwans bird graphics

Pop star Marc Bolan has been killed in a car crash in south-west London. The 29-year-old former T-Rex singer was killed instantly when the car being driven by his girlfriend, Gloria Jones, left the road and hit a tree in Barnes.

Miss Jones – anSwans bird graphics American singer who had just returned from the US – broke her jaw and is suffering from shock. The couple’s 20-month-old son was not in the car when they crashed at 0400 BST on the way to Mr Bolan’s home in Richmond after a night out at a Mayfair restaurant. Miss Jones’ brother – who was following their purple mini – told police the car was travelling at 30 mph (48.3 km/h) when it crashed at a notorious accident blackspot.

Phillip Evans-LoweSwans bird graphics was driving to work at a local dairy when he witnessed the smash. “When I arrived a girl was lying on the bonnet and a man with long dark curly hair was stretched out in the road – there was a hell of a mess, I rushed to get the police,” he said.

Bottle of wine

According to the dead star’s manager Swans bird graphicswho was with them during the evening, Miss Jones had been drinking moderately at the restaurant. “They did not have a lot to drink – just a bottle of wine with the meal and a few after,” he said.

Mr Bolan had just completed a television series and was said to be poised to make a comeback after spending the last three years abroad as a tax exile. His former manager, Tony Secunda, said the son of a Hackney porter whose real name was Mark Feld had always feared he would die in a car crash. “He would never drive a car, he was always scared – Marc never had a driving licence, Swans bird graphicshe refused to learn,” he said.

In Context…

A few days after the crashSwans bird graphics fans broke into Mr Bolan’s home and stole most of his possessions. Gloria Jones went back to America after recovering from the accident. She was later summonsed to appear in court in London on charges of being unfit to drive and driving a car in a dangerous condition, but she never returned to face the allegations.

The couple’s son Rolan Bolan settled in Los Angeles and became a musician and model for clothing brand Tommy Hilfiger

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  1. Apologies if this is the wrong page to do this but with reference to the June Child/ Bolan page, you cite The Arrows website as a source for the pictures of Paul Varley and yet you spelled Alan Merrill’s name incorrectly , both in forename and surname? That seems an odd mistake to make….

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