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Deep Purple, Graham close Montreux Jazz Festival

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Deep Purple, Graham close Montreux Jazz Festival


The final curtain come down on the 45th Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland on Saturday.

The festival takes its name from the lakeside town where it is held.

Organisers said 230,000 visitors descended on the northeast shore of Lake Geneva for this year’s event.

Jimmy Cliff, Carlos Santana and B.B. King all appeared at the ten day homage to jazz, blues and funk music.

Larry Graham’s Central Station were one of the bands which took to stage for the festival’s closing night, playing out with Sly and the Family Stone’s Dance to the Music.

Graham was the bassist in the seminal soul supergroup’s original lineup.

British rockers Deep Purple returned to the town where they wrote their biggest hit, ‘Smoke On The Water’.

The song, with its infamous guitar riff, was penned in Montreux in 1971 when the band witnessed the local casino go up in flames from their hotel after recording at a nearby studio.

Legendary guitarist Frank Zappa was playing a concert at the casino when the fire broke out.

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