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Montreux Jazz Festival Founder Claude Nobs Dead at 76

Nobs launched the annual event in 1967 and ran it ever since

Claude Nobs

Claude Nobs, the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival, died Jan 10 in Lausanne, Switzerland from injuries sustained in a fall. He had been practicing cross-country skiing in Caux-sur-Montreux on Christmas Eve when the accident occurred.

Nobs, who was born Feb. 4, 1936 in Montreux, began his career as a chef and later became director of Montreux’s tourism office. After organizing charity concerts he launched and operated the legendary annual festival, beginning in 1967. He continued to direct the festival following open heart surgery in 2005. That year he also became involved in an effort led by Paul McCartney to eliminate landmines. He was also an early champion of equal rights for same-sex couples.

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