Bill Graham (promoter)

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Bill Graham (promoter)

American impresario and rock concert promoter from the 1960s until his death add

Category: Business

Born in 1931.

Countries: United States (46%), California (15%), Republic of Korea (8%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: United States Army, Barry Levinson, Mick Jagger

Linked to: Santana, Grateful Dead, Apple Inc., Berkeley High School




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Bill Graham was born in 1931 add something


It was during the 1950s that Graham became a champion mambo dancer in the mambo clubs of New York City add something


Korean War - Graham was drafted into the United States Army in 1951, and served in the Korean War, where he was awarded both the Bronze Star and Purple Heart add something


Graham moved from New York to San Francisco in the early 1960s to be closer to his sister, Rita add something


He gave up a promising business career to manage the troupe in 1965 add something


Bill approached Charles to put on the Second Mime Troupe appeals concert at the Fillmore Auditorium on December 10, 1965 using Sullivan's dance hall permit for the show add something


Graham later secured a contract from Sullivan for the open dates at the Fillmore Auditorium in 1966 add something


Charles Sullivan was found murdered on August 2, 1966, south of Market Street in San Francisco add something


He was the manager of Jefferson Airplane during 1967 and 1968 add something


Graham owned a record label, Fillmore Records, which was in operation from 1969 to circa 1976 add something


Graham promoted the West-Coast leg of the legendary The Rolling Stones American Tour 1972, known as S.T.P. Tour , as well as parts of the Rolling Stones 1975 and 1978 tours add something


Graham's monopoly business practices went as far as strong-arm contracts with the University of California Regents to control on-campus entertainment venues, thus preventing ASUC and other student organizations from promoting their own rock concerts in the 1980s add something


In the 1980s, he teamed up with BASS Tickets to drive small ticket-distribution companies out of business in the Bay Area, creating a de facto monopoly add something


He would promote the entire Rolling Stones American Tour 1981 and Rolling Stones European Tour 1982 add something


Carlos Santana - In 1985, Bill Graham had to once again pull strings for Santana to convince principal Live Aid concert organizer Bob Geldof to allow the band to appear at the festival


When the Stones returned to touring in 1989 with the Steel Wheels tour, Mick Jagger accepted the offer of Michael Cohl's The BCL Group add something


In 1990, director Barry Levinson and actor Warren Beatty provided an opportunity for Graham to take a more substantive role by casting him as Charles "Lucky" Luciano in the film "Bugsy" add something


He appears as a promoter in the 1991 Oliver Stone film, "The Doors" add something

Bill Graham died in 1991 add something


Graham was killed in a helicopter crash near Vallejo, California on October 25, 1991, while returning home from a Huey Lewis and the News concert at the Concord Pavilion add something


On November 3, 1991, a free concert called "Laughter, Love and Music" was held at Golden Gate Park to honour Graham, Gold and Kahn add something


When and how did Bill Graham take possession of the Fillmore Auditorium lease- The answer would come in 2004 add something


On October 27, 2010 Bill Graham's sons, Alexander Graham-Sult and David Graham filed a lawsuit against Nicholas Clainos, the executor of Bill Graham's estate at the time of Graham's death, and trustee of the testamentary trust established for the benefit of Alex and David add something


Graham was inducted into the Rock Radio Hall of Fame in the "Without Whom" category in 2014 add something