History of the Hollywood Bowl

Find out how an empty canyon happened to provide ideal natural acoustics that led to the creation of the Hollywood Bowl. Built in 1929 and having undergone numerous renovations since, the Hollywood Bowl remains as one of Los Angeles' most cherished summertime venues. Life & Times takes us through the genesis of the bowl's iconic Art Deco structure, adoringly known as "the shell."


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I am looking for information regarding The Battle Of The Bands held at The Bowl in
the 1960's. I believe these concerts were promoted by the Hollywood Parks and
Recreations Dept.
I would like to know when they were held. Who won, and what the winners would

Thank you for your help.


Hello Jay - I was in a dixieland combo that won the 1960 Battle of the Bands. I have been unable to find any information on the internet. The group won a trophy and each of us received a small trophy.


Hi Jay - I can tell you something about that. I was a winner at the final BOTB concert in 1977 in the vocal soloist division. I was given a trophy (which I still have) by jazz critic Leonard Feather who was one of the celeb judges. I used to participate in it every year, and won on my third try as a soloist. I also went with my high school jazz band several times, but we never made it into the finals. My songs were arranged by a noted composer/arranger and the emcee was a trumpet player named Pete Rugolo who had done a lot of composing for tv and movies. The major act that was discovered at one of these was earlier, in the late 60's. The Carpenters won in the group category and Herb Albert was in the audience and signed them to a deal shortly thereafter. It was a great event and I think they had to stop because the Parks and Rec funding ran out. Good times.