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3 July 1971


A masked gunman held up Jethro Tull's manager Terry Ellis in his hotel room on Hollywood's Sunset Strip last week.

The gunman swept in through Ellis's hotel door just as it had been opened, and said: "Hand over your money or you'll be shot."

The man probably thought Ellis had the cash takings from Jethro's sell-out concerts in Los Angeles on two previous nights (at the Forum and Anaheim).

"I haven't got any money," replied Ellis. The gunman then sped out of the room and down the emergency stairs into a waiting car.

Terry Ellis told the MM:

"It occurred to me later that he might have given up quickly because of my appearance. He may have thought he had the wrong man as manager because of my hair style and the fact that I'm younger than a lot of managers.

"And anyway, I never carry the group's money around with me in the States. Crazy things happen — like this!"