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Bill Graham


1931

Bill Graham was born in Berlin, Germany.

1965

Bill Graham presents his first show, a benefit for the San Francisco Mime Troupe.

1966

Ken Kesey plans, and Bill Graham supervises, the Trips Festival

1968

Having worked their way up from the street, the Santana Blues Band performs at San Francisco’s storied Avalon Ballroom. They soon become regulars at the Fillmore West, and Bill Graham himself manages the band.

1968

Bill Graham takes over the Carousel — a music hall owned by the Jefferson Airplane and Grateful Dead — and re-christens it Fillmore West.

1970

Band of Gypsys – a trio with Hendrix, Cox and drummer Buddy Miles – plays Bill Graham’s Fillmore East in New York. Graham calls the shows “the most brilliant, emotional display of virtuosic electric guitar playing I have ever heard.”

1991

Bill Graham was killed in a helicopter accident.

1992

Bill Graham is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Bill Graham