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Golden Rose 1969

The year 1969 looks like a musical firework display, in fact, within the framework of the The Golden Rose Festival (Rose d’Or in French - annual television broadcasting event) the bands invited from April 25 to 28 to the Rose d'Or galas were as follows.

Free

Along with Cream and Led Zeppelin, FREE stands as one of the most influential bands of the late 1960’s British blues boom. Formed in London during the spring of 1968, Free’s original line-up included drummer Simon Kirke, bassist Andy Fraser, lead vocalist Paul Rodgers and guitarist Paul Kossoff.

Taste, with Rory Gallagher

Rory Gallagher is considered by many blues-rock specialists and fans to be one of the most famous guitarists the world has ever seen.

Born on March 2, 1949 in Ballyshannon, Ireland, he was immersed in Irish folklore at an early age and played his first guitar at the age of 8. At 13, he bought his first electric guitar, a Fender Stratocaster 61' Sunburst. Rory Gallagher very quickly began touring, with Taste, created in 1966.

Colosseum

Without a doubt one of the founding groups of progressive rock. Formed in the middle of the sixties, his music is a fusion of jazz, rock and blues with the most beautiful effects. "Valentyne Suite" is his second album, known as the first album released by the spiral label, Vertigo, in 1968. The group was then composed of John Hiseman (drums), Dick Heckstall-Smith (saxophone - a former John Mayall), Dave Greenslade (organ), Tony Raves (bass) and James Litherland (guitar, vocals). Most of them started their musical careers with British Blues groups such as Hiseman, Graham Bond Organization and Heckstall-Smith with John Mayall. However, the album is far from these blues influences. Above all, when it comes out, it turns out to be totally out of time.

Concert given during the second of the four evenings of the Golden Rose, on April 26, 1969 in Montreux. The group returned to Montreux in June, this time to perform at the famous Montreux Jazz Festival.

Savage Rose

A Danish psychedelic rock group, founded in 1967.

Yes

They are one of the most innovative and successful progressive rock bands in England with a 50-year musical career. The group gave two concerts on April 24 and 25, 1969 in Montreux. You can learn more about the band Yes by visiting their dedicated page.
 

Le Dutch Swing College Band

Did you know that The Dutch Swing College Band started out as an amateur-college combo on liberation day (May 5th 1945) ?

John Bromley

Songwriter and musician. He wrote songs for Shirley Bassey, Paul Anka etc

Gala Night

As highlight, an exceptional show from the Musical "HAIR" who flew in the whole crew from England for a unique evening show. The original London tribe included Sonja Kristina, Paul Nicholas, Richard O'Brien, Melba Moore, Elaine Paige, Paul Korda, Marsha Hunt, Floella Benjamin, Alex Harvey and Tim Curry.

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