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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
30th April 1980 Terrorists seize Iranian Embassy in London
30th April 1943 Noel Coward's This Happy Breed, premieres in London
30th April 1763 London Journalist John Wilkes confined in the Tower
30th April 1695 William Congreve's Love for Love, premieres in London
30th April 1290 Joan of Acre, daughter of King Edward I was married to the 7th Earl of Gloucester in Westminster Abbey.
New York Doll Murcia died here
This is where original New York Doll Billy Murcia died.
Location: Brompton Lodge, Cromwell Road, Kensington, Londo, SW7 2JA
Description: In October 1972 the New Yorks Dolls arrived in London with a series of shows including a slot with Rod Stewart and The Faces at Wembley Empire Pool (now Wembley Arena) and a showcase at the Speakeasy in Margaret Street.
It was at the Speakeasy where founding member and drummer Billy Murcia met a girl called Marilyn Woolhead who sorted him out with some Mandrax.
When Marilyn invited Billy to her flat here the following week, he gladly accepted and partied with her and fashion designer friends.
No one really knows what happened later that night and the testimonies at the inquest were vague, but essentially, with the Mandrax kicking in, Murcia drank some champagne and passed out; some of the partygoers put him in an icy bath while Marilyn forced him to drink some black coffee this proved to be a fatal combination.
Cause of death was recorded as drowning in a domestic bath while under the influence of alcohol and methaqualone.
Before the Dolls, Sylvain Sylvain and Murcia, went to junior high school and high school together, started playing in a band called the Pox in 1968.
Tagged in this Tour: The London Rockstar Death Trail