Today in History: 50th Anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival in California

Today in History: 50th Anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival in California

The Monterey International Pop Music Festival was a three-day concert event held from June 16 to 18, 1967 in Monterey, California. It is largely remembered for some historic performances by Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Ravi Shankar, and Janis Joplin.

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International Tuba Day — 11 am

International Tuba Day — 11 am

Today is International Tube Day (celebrated on the first Friday of each year). We do not play the tuba and know little about the instrument’s history (you can learn all about the tube at http://www.tubaday.com) but we did want to show this very cool poster from the early 1960s, so the headline seemed appropriate.

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Happy 87th Birthday, Günther Kieser !

 

Happy 87th Birthday, Günther Kieser !

Günther Kieser was born in 1930 in Kronberg, near Frankfurt. Trained at the Werkkunstschule in Offenbach, Kieser began his career as a free-lance artist in 1949 and founded a studio with Hans Michel in 1952. The two artists worked on projects for the German Mail Service and the Hesse radio network and started creating posters for Lippmann & Rau, founders of the first German Jazz concert agencies. Over the next decade, Kieser and Michel would design posters for the concerts by Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, and John Coltrane. 

When his partnership with Michel ended in 1962, Kieser continued to work primarily for Lippmann & Rau, producing posters that would become fixtures in the music scene. His posters were displayed in concert halls, bars and on billboards. The artist is perhaps most famous for his 1969 Jimi Hendrix Experience poster which became a symbol for a new generation.

Kieser joined the Deutscher Werkbund (German Work Federation) in 1956 and became a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) in 1964. In 1981, he became a professor for Visual Communication at the Bergische Universität in Wuppertal, a position he held until 1992. Kieser has won numerous international awards, his work has been exhibited worldwide and his posters are part of every important museum collection..

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Today in History: Nat King Cole was born in 1917

Today in History: Nat King Cole was born in 1917

American jazz musician Nathaniel Adams Coles, known professionally as Nat King Cole, was born 100 years ago today. Cole became famous as a singer and jazz pianist. He was one of the first African Americans to host his own national television show, The Nat King Cole Show. He grew up in in Chicago where he was strongly influenced by the pianist Earl Hines. In Los Angeles, Cole formed his first jazz trio with Oscar Moore on guitar and Wesley Prince on bass. In 1946, Cole’s recording of Mel Torme’s “The Christmas Song” made him an immediate star. Songs like “Nature Boy” (1948), “Mona Lisa” (1950) or “Unforgettable” (1951) established him as a leading force in popular music throughout the 1940s and 1950s. His recordings remained popular worldwide after his death from lung cancer in February 1965.

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Today in History: Stanley “Stan” Getz born in 1927 in Philadelphia

Happy Birthday, Stan Getz. The American jazz saxophonist would have been 90 years old if he were still alive today. Getz played primarily the tenor saxophone and gained prominence in the late 1940s with Woody Herman’s big band. He is perhaps best known for the worldwide hit single “The Girl from Ipanema” (1964) performed with Astrud Gilberto.

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History Today: David Bowie born in 1947

History Today: David Bowie born in 1947

The English singer, songwriter and actor David Robert Jones (professionally known as David Bowie) would have turned 70 years today. Bowie died of liver cancer in January 2016, two days after the release of his final album.

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Today in History: Bob Dylan born in 1941

Today in History: Bob Dylan born in 1941
Happy Birthday! The American music icon is celebrating his 75th birthday today.

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