Fillmore was almost always a dance hall except for a period in `40`s when
it was a roller rink . Entrepreneur Charles Sullivan in 1952 began to
book some of the biggest names in black music into The Fillmore. James
Brown, Bobby "Blue" Bland and Ike & Tina Turner. were booked
into the club.
In 1965 public dances were the thing and Bill Graham just the person to
bring it all together.
For 2 1/2 years some of the most innovative, exciting music ever
to come out of San Francisco was played at the Fillmore. Bill Graham turns
us on to the likes of Otis Rush, Junior Wells, Jimmy Reed, The Staple
Singers, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Miles Davis' new electric band.
He had wonderful ideas like the time I saw Miles Davis open for the Grateful
Lenny Bruce's last public appearance on a bill also
featuring Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention.The Jefferson Airplane,
Santana, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother and the Holding Company,
Moby Grape, the Butterfield Blues Band, and countless others were launched
from The Fillmore stage. Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Cream, Howlin' Wolf,
Captain Beefheart, Muddy Waters all rocked us at the Fillmore.
Bill Graham left the Fillmore Auditorium
to take over the Carousel Ballroom. After Bill's death in a
helicopter accident in October 1991 everyone at Bill Graham Presents
to finish one of his final pet projects: to restore and once again
make music in the building he loved more than any other. Now it is
being run by by Clear Channel and the wonderful music continues
to this day. Mucho
Deja Vu and they still give out apples too. :-)
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