March 21, 1976

On this day in 1976, the french actress Claudine Longet, ex-wife of Andy Williams, shot her lover, the famous skier Spider Sabich, at his home in Aspen, Colorado.

The shooting was ruled an accident, and Longet was sentenced to 30 days in jail for criminal negligence.

Her case inspired the Rolling Stones song ‘Claudine.’

In 1980, Mick Jagger wrote a song about Spider Sabich’s death, the track was intended to be on the Rolling Stones’ album Emotional Rescue but the songs lyrics were considered too graphic and it was too controversial to release and so it was removed.

In November 2011, the track ‘Claudine’ was released on the Rolling Stones’ deluxe reissue of their album Some Girls.


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