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Montreux Music History

Montreux, the name of this small town of 27,000 inhabitants, which lives mainly on tourism, shines throughout the world. It was in 1946 that classical music appeared there with the introduction of the now traditional "Septembre Musical" who offers prestigious concerts in great venues in Montreux, Vevey and even in the Castle of Chillon. Thanks to its international fame, the cultural event attracts renowned musicians and audience from all around the world.

Later, in the 1960s, the city's notoriety increased considerably, thanks to the innovative spirit, openness and perspective of Mr. Raymond Jaussi, Director of the Montreux Tourist Office from 1953 to 1975.

From the moment he took up his position, he became interested in business tourism. To welcome him, he actively participates in the development of the Convention Centre (2m2c). With a first stage completed in 1970, this space, which still hosts today the Montreux Jazz Festival, plays a major role in the dynamism of the city of Montreux.

It was at the beginning of the 1960s that Raymond Jaussi, nicknamed "Mr Montreux", noticed Claude Nobs and offered him to join his team as an accountant.

It is from this moment that everything will begin....

Claude Nobs founded the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1967. This first edition, created with a modest budget of 10'000 swiss francs, was held over three days.

You will learn more about this period by consulting the page dedicated to the musical history of Montreux from 1960 to 1968.

Why has montreux become the capital of music ?

Two years later, in 1969 and in addition to the offer offered by the Montreux Jazz Festival, the "Montreux Super Pop" was added, welcoming mythical bands such as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Yes or Pink Floyd, with their hordes of fans and hippies.

At the same time, the events in Paris, which occurred in the late 1960s, early 1970s will amplify the phenomenon. Montreux was becoming THE music capital of Europe. A complete story that will allow you to understand more in detail what happened can be found on the page dedicated to the musical history of Montreux in 1969.

The'70s and '90s and the Golden Rose of Montreux

The Golden Rose Festival is a festival honoring television programs from around the world. Created in 1961, this event was organized in Montreux each year by the "Télévision Suisse Romande" (TSR). In addition to a competition with several distinctions to the key, the festival provides an important meeting point for audiovisual professionals around the world.

During this period, and more specifically from 1969 to 1973 and 1984 to 1987, in order to offer a night entertaining programme to its guests, galas were organized either at the Casino or at the Pavillon des Sports. Between the 1970s and 1990s bands such as Queen, Fats Domino, Roxy Music, Manhattan Transfer, Gary Wright etc. will perform in Montreux.

After 43 years of presence in Montreux, the Festival unfortunately left the shores of Lake Geneva in 2003 to settle in Lucerne.

In our many sections, sorted by year, you will discover how Montreux has been able to attract these legendary bands through fascinating stories. You will also find a lot of information on the previous editions of the Montreux Jazz Festival as well as on the Casino fire in 1971.

The Montreux Celebration team noted a strong interest from visitors coming to Montreux in the musical history of this city but unfortunately, no place offered relevant information. A very rich musical past that we invite you to discover on this site.

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