1977: Did Marc Bolan predict his own death?
It has been alleged that Jones was drunk at the wheel but one source who does not want to be named, but who was close to Jones at the time, refutes this: “Gloria had a lot of self-control. She had very clear-minded American outlook in that respect. She was the type to have one drink and then call it quits and not have any more, because she wanted to stay in control of her faculties.”
The spotlight fell on the Mini, which had recently been serviced. Its wheels had been balanced and a tyre had been replaced.
As Mark Paytress noted in his book Bolan – The Rise & Fall Of A 20th Century Superstar: ‘When the Mini was examined after the accident, the pressure on the offside front tyre was only 16lbs, 12lbs less than it should have been; one of the rear tyres was marginally down; and two nuts on one of the front wheels were not even finger-tight.
‘There was also talk that the vehicle may have been one of several used by Pink Floyd’s management company, and that it had been “souped-up” in accordance with the band’s thirst for high-speed motor racing.’
“I was in Los Angeles when it happened,” Steve Harley, the Cockney Rebel frontman and close confidant of Marc’s, tells Classic Rock. “The managing director of EMI, Bob Mercer, phoned me up. My tour manager and I were on the first plane to England. I knew that, with Marc being Jewish, the funeral would be very quick.”
Harley continues: “I came back and went straight to the hospital to see Gloria – she had facial injuries and her jaw was all wired up. I was due on Marc’s TV show [Marc]. I was coming back to do it. I was going to sing Dandy In The Underworld with him, and he was going to sing with me on one of my songs, The Best Years Of Our Lives. We had it all planned.”