Claude Nobs, Founder of Montreux Jazz Festival, Dead at 76
Claude Nobs RIP
He had an accident while nordic skiing in Switzerland and fell into a coma. Claude Nobs died on January 10th, 2013. He was 76.
Claude Nobs (born in Montreux, Switzerland) was the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival. He also was a mighty fan of Little Feat, who played Montreux in 1989, 1990 and 2012. In 1971, Deep Purple decided to produce and record their album Machine Head in Montreux. The group was also scheduled to record at the Montreux Casino, shortly after Frank Zappa performed. During Zappa's concert, the venue caught fire and reduced the Casino to ashes. Nobs saved several young people who had hidden in the casino, thinking they would be sheltered from the flames. This act earned him a mention (as Funky Claude in the line “Funky Claude was running in and out pulling kids out the ground”) in the song "Smoke on the Water", which is about the incident. Also, on the inner liner of the original album, Nobs' picture was the only one labeled with a name other than those of the band members themselves.