Bill Graham

Promoter, Military Person

1931 – 1991

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Who was Bill Graham?

Bill Graham was an American impresario and rock concert promoter from the 1960s until his death in 1991 in a helicopter crash. He fled from Germany and, in 1941, from France to escape the Holocaust. At age ten he settled in a foster home in the Bronx, New York. Graham graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School and from City College with a business degree.

In the early 1960s, he moved to San Francisco, and, in 1965, began to manage a theater troupe. He organized a benefit concert, then promoted several free concerts. This eventually turned into a profitable full-time career and he assembled a talented staff. Graham had a profound influence around the world, sponsoring the musical renaissance of the '60s from the epicenter, San Francisco. Graham made famous the Fillmore and Winterland Arena; these turned out to be a proving grounds for rock bands and acts of the San Francisco Bay Area such as the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother & the Holding Company with Janis Joplin, and many others.

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Born
Jan 8, 1931
Berlin
Also known as
  • Wolfgang Grajonca
  • Wulf Wolodia Grajonca
  • Uncle Bobo
  • Wolodia Grajonca
  • Wolfgang
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • DeWitt Clinton High School
Employment
  • Bill Graham Presents
Lived in
  • Berlin
  • San Francisco
  • The Bronx
Died
Oct 25, 1991
Vallejo

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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