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BRIAN JONES OF THE ROLLING STONES DIES IN HIS SWIMMING POOL

Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones dies in his Swimming Pool

As 1968 drew to a close, Brian Jones did what all rock-stars now do and bought himself a country retreat. Cotchford Farm is a country manor house in the East Sussex countryside, formerly owned by A. A. Milne, author of the Winnie The Pooh books, and included a large outdoor swimming pool.

Around midnight on July 2nd, Brian Jones was found at the bottom of his swimming pool in mysterious circumstances. All attempts to revive him failed. He was 27.

The coroners report found that while Brian Jones had been drinking there was no evidence of hard drugs in his system. However the police investigation and coroners report have left many unanswered questions, but the verdict to this day remains that Brian Jones died through misadventure.

Brian Jones Leaves The Rolling Stones

Brian Jones’ relationship with the other Rolling Stones had broken down. Along with the Brian’s deteriorating relationship with the other Stones his health was deteriorating with his dependency on various narcotics. Also, Brian Jones, the blues purist, had been unhappy with the direction The Rolling Stones were taking. He had barely played on “Let It Bleed”. The situation could not continue and on June 8th, 1969 Brian Jones and The Rolling Stones parted company.

The Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus Filmed

The Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus was filmed over 18 hours on December 11th and 12th, 1968. Featuring The Rolling Stones, The Who and a Supergroup called Dirty Mac featuring Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell and John Lennon amongst others. It was due to be shown by the BBC, but Mick Jagger held it back as he was unhappy with their performance.
Tragically it would also be the last time Brian Jones would perform with The Rolling Stones. He died in his swimming pool little more that 6 months later.

“Something Else” released by The Kinks

Post “Face To Face”, Ray Davies started to look beyond the hit single with his writing stating he wanted to do “Something Else”, giving The Kinks the title for their 5th album. Released in September 1967 in the UK and January 1968 in the USA, it was not a big hit, but is now considered a classic album, ranked 288 on Rolling Stone Magazines 500 Greatest Albums of all Time and spawning the classic singles “Waterloo Sunset” and “Death of a Clown”

Kurt Cobain is born in Aberdeen, Washington

Kurt Donald Cobain was born on February 2th, 1967 to father Donald and mother Wendy in Gray’s Harbor Community Hospital overlooking Aberdeen, Washington. He weighed 7lbs and 7.5 oz and had a darkish complexion, which soon lightened, and azure eyes that drew compliments from all that saw him.

Police raid Keith Richard’s “Redlands” home in Sussex for drugs

Around 5:30pm on February 12th, 1967, around 20 police descended on Keith Richards’ Sussex home, “Redlands”. Both Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were arrested and sentenced to jail for drug offenses. Amid much public outcry The Rolling Stones found an unlikely ally in the shape of the conservative editor of The Times, William Rees-Mogg.
The Time’s editorial piece, “Who breaks a butterfly on a wheel?” is considered to be a key factor in Keith Richards acquittal and Mick Jagger’s conditional discharge. It also signified a major shift in public opinion in the UK.

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