On this day in 1986, troubled guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allen Collins, was involved in a car wreck which left him paralyzed from the waist down and killed his girlfriend. How much longer would he live?
Answer: Nearly four years
Here’s the rest of today’s Rock N’ Roll Diary!
- 1974: Ringo Starr hit #1 with his single “You’re 16.”
- 1977: Fleetwood Mac founding member Peter Green was committed to a mental institution after attacking an accountant who had been trying to deliver a royalty check of $30,000 to his house.
- Also in 1977: While opening a concert for Bob Seger, singer Patti Smith fell off a stage in Tampa and had to be rushed to the hospital for 22 stitches in her head.
- 1986: Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins was involved in a car accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down and killed his girlfriend.
- 1997: ZZ Top, James Brown, and the Blues Brothers performed at the Superbowl XXXI Halftime Show.
- 2003: Santana played at Super Bowl XXXVII.
- From the WZLX ticket stash…Jerry Garcia and Howard Wales played Symphony Hall in 1972.