“The day the Music died” got a new dimension:
After some time in coma due to a skiing accident, Claude Nobs passed away on January, 10th, 2013 in a hospital in Lausanne.
Claude Nobs was the legendary founder of the world-known Montreux Jazz Festival and its director for decades. Legendary Jamsessions of musicians from all genres who visited “his” festival were initiated by him. Named in the lyrics to the song, he called in Deep Purple in ’71 to recording sessions in the Casino of Montreux. It burned down during a Zappa concert, the beginning of what was Deep Purples most famous song and one of the most popular ever writen – Smoke on the water.
A pioneer and visionary in every respect – an archetype and role model – thanks Claude!
To recall one of his best remembered quotes, “Herzlisch willkommen in Festhalle Bern” click on the image below:
A Beginners’ Guide To Progressive Rock‘s condolences to family and friends.