Posted by themusicsover on January 10, 2013
February 4, 1936 – January 10, 2013
Photo by Lionel Flusin
Claude Nobs will be fondly remembered as the man who created the historic Montreux Jazz Festival. Born in the Swiss city that later hosted his annual event, Nobs organized the first installment while working for the Tourism Office of Montreux in 1967. The inaugural one included sets from the likes of Jack DeJohnette, Charles Lloyd, and Keith Jarrett. The festival was quickly recognized as a premier gathering of jazz greats from the world over. Nobs also made a mark on rock and roll as well. As it turns out, Nobs was present when the Montreux Casino infamously burned down during a Frank Zappa concert. He heroically rescued several people who were taking cover in the casino. Deep Purple memorialized the event in song which included a lyrical cameo by Nobs – “Funky Claude was running in and out pulling kids out the ground.” That song is “Smoke on the Water.” During the ’70s, Nobs worked for the local branch of Warner, Elektra and Atlantic Records. While the festival expanded to include musical acts beyond the jazz world, it swelled to over 200,000 attendees. It is considered one of the most prestigious music festivals in the world today. On December 24, 2012, Claude Nobs suffered a skiing accident that left him in a coma. He was 76 when he died from those injuries on January 10, 2013.
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Posted by themusicsover on January 2, 2012
July 7, 1948 – January 2, 2012
Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt was a psychedelic rock guitarist who is most often recognized for his time spent playing in both Iron Butterfly and Captain Beyond. Born and raised in Florida, Reinhardt began playing professionally during the mid ’60s. His earliest bands of note were the Thunderbeats, the Load, and the Second Coming which also included Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, and Reese Wynans. Betts and Oakley would later play in the Allman Brothers Band while Wynans would go on to play with Stevie Ray Vaughan. In 1970, Reinhardt replaced Erik Brann in Iron Butterfly and played on their Metamorphosis album released that same year. The following year, he helped form Captain Beyond which would ultimately include Lee Dorman of Iron Butterfly, Bobby Caldwell of Rick Derringer and Johnny Winter fame, and Rod Evans who previously sang lead on such Deep Purple songs as “Hush.” The group released a handful of albums and built a sizable loyal cult following along the way. Throughout the rest of his career, Reinhardt participated in Iron Butterfly and Captain Beyond reunions while putting out a few albums of his own. Reportedly suffering from multiple ailments, Larry Reinhardt passed away on January 2, 2012. He was 63.
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