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ISAAC BURTON TIGRETT
OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY


FOUNDER - CREATOR:


The Hard Rock Cafe

The House of Blues


Isaac Burton Tigrett, a native of Jackson Tennessee, is the Founder of the original London Hard Rock Cafe in 1971, which he formed at age 22 with original partner, Peter Morton.

Pic of Tigrett & Morton, Newsweek Photoshoot, 1971

Newsweek Magazine Photoshoot 1971

Original Hard Rock Cafe, London, 1971

Original London Hard Rock Cafe, 1971

Acquiring Morton's global interest in 1980, including the London Hard Rock, Tigrett granted Morton rights limited to the territory west of the Mississippi River in the USA.

Tigrett wowed music fans worldwide when he relaunched the Hard Rock as the world's first "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame" on New York's 57th Street in 1984, adorned with musical treasures donated by the iconic gods of Rock & Roll, Blues, R&B and Country & Western music.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, NY, 1984

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, NY, 1984

Tigrett relaunched the original London Hard Rock as "Europe's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame" following the Premier New York opening.

Hard Rock Cafe, London - Hyde Park Corner

Hard Rock Cafe London - Hyde Park Corner,
Mayfair W.1.

Tigrett then took the media heralded "Hard Rock, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame" to USA and capital cities globally, with equally astounding receptions in Tokyo, Washington D.C., Stockholm, Dallas, Cancun, Reykjavik, Iceland, and Universal Studios in Florida, which became the highest grossing venue of its kind in the world.

Hard Rock Cafe, Tokyo
Hard Rock Cafe, Washington, D.C.
Hard Rock Cafe, Stockholm
Hard Rock Cafe, Dallas
Hard Rock Cafe, Cancun
Hard Rock Cafe, Reykjavik
Hard Rock Cafe, Florida
Hard Rock Cafe, London
Hard Rock Cafe, New York

Under Tigrett's guidance as Chairman and CEO, the Hard Rock achieved notable valuations in 3 IPOs as a public company on both the American and London Stock Exchanges.

Hard Rock IPO, New York

Hard Rock IPO, American Stock Exchange 1987

Hard Rock Jacket

Hard Rock Official IPO Jacket

After 20 Years building the Hard Rock Brand and successfully relaunching HRC as the world's first "Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame", Tigrett believed that the Hard Rock's global future was firmly in place for decades to come. With multiple global locations in progress, he retired, selling his interest auspiciously twenty years to the day he had founded the company in the United Kingdom.

The Hard Rock is now a household word in every hemisphere. 50 years in the making, the famous Hard Rock Brand now reigns in over 250+ cafes, hotels, casinos and live music venues, fanning outward from 70 capital cities across the globe.

Love All - Serve All pin HRC's message - ALL IS ONE

HRC's universal message: ALL IS ONE

The Hard Rock phenomenon is now steered by its new owners, the great Seminole Native American Indian Nation of Florida, which is still rapidly expanding HRC hotels, cafes and casinos and serving hundreds of thousands of fans globally each day. Forbes estimates HRCs present value at $12.5 billion USD.

Hard Rock, Seminole Nation

Tigrett Launches
House Of Blues

After four years of public service activities, Tigrett again, as Chairman and CEO, launched the International House of Blues Entertainment Company in 1992, with partners the Disney company, Harvard University's Endowment Fund and Chase Manhattan Bank's Venture Capital Group.

Original House Of Blues logos
Harvard University logo Chase logo

The House of Blues meteoric rise as the USA's premier live entertainment venues featured the world's leading artists of Rock, R&B, Urban, Gospel, Blues and World Music genres.

HOB expanded rapidly from the original location in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts, to New Orleans' French Quarter, Hollywood's Sunset Strip, Chicago's iconic Marina City, Disneyworld in Orlando and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

House of Blues, Harvard Square, Cambridge

House of Blues, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA

House of Blues, French Quarter, New Orleans

House of Blues, French Quarter, New Orleans

House of Blues, Sunset Strip, Hollywood

House of Blues, Sunset Strip, Hollywood

House of Blues, Marina City, Chicago

House of Blues, Marina City, Chicago

House of Blues, Disneyworld, Orlando

House of Blues, Disneyworld, Orlando

House of Blues, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

House of Blues, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

HOB Entertainment Company developed media divisions including weekly national TV and radio programing, with partners Time Warner and CBS Radio, the Grammy Award-winning HOB Blues and Gospel record label with BMG and the first music broadcast address on an emerging new media phenomenon: the World Wide Web.

Grammy Award - House of Blues Records - Cissy Houston Grammy Award - House of Blues Records - Five Blind Boys of Alabama

House of Blues Records
Cissy Houston and Five Blind Boys of Alabama

CBS Radio Award Hot Biscuits Music Company logo BMG logo HOB sponsored events

National live TV show from House of Blues, L.A. and New Orleans

BMG logo

The Hard Rock, Tigrett says, is a "celebration of culture", our love of music and the musicians that create it.

The Hard Rock & HOB were born out of the ideals of the Peace and Love Revolution of the 1960s. Their proclaimed mission:

Creating a profitable, principled global entertainment company;

Celebrating the diversity and unity of world cultures through music and art;

Promoting racial and spiritual harmony through Love, Peace, Truth, Righteousness and Non-Violence.

Tigrett explains, the House of Blues "created culture" through its live music venues, the HOB national TV & radio shows, its record label and the HOB's premier broadcast World Wide Web internet address.

Tigrett believes the HOB's greatest milestone was the historic first global broadcast of sound on the World Wide Web, emanating at the celebration of Martin Luther King's birthday from the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. Featuring performances by Isaac Hayes and his orchestra, Gospel's 5 Blind Boys of Alabama, Stevie Wonder and addresses by civil rights leaders Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Mayor Willie Brown, Chuck D of Public Enemy, and Stevie Wonder.

Hot Martin Luther King Jr. birthday

Tigrett stepped down as CEO of House of Blues to pursue a calling for social outreach activities in India. The House of Blues continued to expand in the USA and was sold to its present owners, the USA's premier live venue company: Live Nation.

Live Nation

Tigrett believes God gave him these chances at grace:

1.) Being the Founder and Original Steward of both the Hard Rock Cafe, London Mayfair's first classless restaurant, and the legendary live music venues The House of Blues.



2.) Through Tigrett's Rama Foundation of Zurich, Switzerland, the Sri Sathya Sai Institute Of Higher Medical Sciences, a 500-bed super specialty surgical hospital in Andhra Pradesh, India, was funded and built. To date, 3 million patients have received state of the art medical treatment totally free of cost.

Sri Sathya Sai Institute Of Higher Medical Sciences photo

3.) The creation of the House of Blues Foundation, which has reached over 1 million urban school kids with numerous music and art programs across the USA and has awarded hundreds of college scholarships in concert with public school district partners across America.

The House of Blues Foundation logo

Tigrett proclaims that his success in life lies in The Hard Rock's founding message of Love All - Serve All and House of Blues' mantra of Help Ever - Hurt Never.

Tigrett proclaims, "these are sacred ideals and must be the moral compass for continuing life's success and good fortune; for any life and any endeavor."

Book cover: Nation's Restaurant News

The hospitality industry's "Nation's Restaurant News" named Isaac Tigrett one of the fifty most influential restaurant tourers of the 20th century

During House of Blues tenure, Tigrett was proclaimed Man of the Year by the American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY, Inner City Arts, Los Angeles, CA, Angel Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, and the Agape Church of Los Angeles.

American Folk Arts Award

American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY - Man of the Year, 1998

Inner City Arts Award

Inner City Arts Award - Man of the Year, Los Angeles, CA, 1997

American Folk Arts Award

Angel Foundation, Los Angeles, CA - Angel of the Year, 1997

Inner City Arts Award

Agape Church of Los Angeles - Man of the Year, 1998

Tigrett's Service

Isaac Tigrett has served on numerous profit and nonprofit boards, including as Trustee, Regent and Director of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City, New York.

Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City, New York

He served with honor as a board member of world's premier Blues Foundation, Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee.

HoB Foundation

Tigrett served at the inception of the Smithsonian Institute's Memphis Rock n Soul Museum, the only Smithsonian satellite museum in USA.

Memphis Rock & Roll Museum

Tigrett was Board Member of one England's first environmental group of the 80s, the celebrity-driven Ark Trust with fellow founders and supporters, Dustin Hoffman, Chrissy Hynde, Sting and Kevin Godley.

Ark Trust Critically acclaimed environmental film by Kevin Godley

Tigrett presently sits on the boards of the USA Divine Will Foundation, which operates the Prashanti Center For Human Development in Carlisle, Massachusetts and a free post-natal clinic in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Boston-CHD-exterior-photo

Center For Human Development in Carlisle, Massachusetts

He also serves as a board member of Sathya Sai Sanjevani Medical Group's Free Clinic and Pediatric Surgical Hospital in Sri Lanka.

Sathya Sai Sanjevani Medical Group's Free Clinic and Pediatric Surgical Hospital

Tigrett is the original benefactor of the "Freedom Award" at the National Civil Rights Museum, USA. He has presented the Freedom Award to such civil rights activists as Bishop Desmond Tutu and President Jimmy Carter.

Isaac Tigrett and Bishop Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu receiving Freedom Award from Isaac Tigrett

United States Congressional Record

Isaac Tigrett was commended publicly on the floor of the United States Senate by former leader of the Republican Party, Dr. Bill Frist, for his worldwide contribution to American Culture, Blues and Rock & Roll, now archived in the United States Congressional Record.

United States Congressional Record

Mr. Tigrett has been awarded two Ph.D. honorariums for his work in promoting racial harmony and promoting African American music and art and American culture worldwide.

Man on a Mission Listen to Honorary Doctoral Acceptance Speech, Centre College Rhodes College Doctoral Event with fellow honorees

Rhodes College Doctoral Event with fellow honorees, William Ferris, chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities and Morgan Freeman, actor.

Isaac Tigrett is a public speaker on "Ethics in Business" and "Global Branding" and has spoken at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, the Young Presidents International Organization, at chapters in Los Angeles, Boston, and Mumbai, India; at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia; and the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentarian Leaders, the Kremlin, Moscow, among others.

Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia Massachusetts Institute of Technology Young Presidents International Organization Moscow logo

Mr. Tigrett recently oversaw as CEO, the creation of the Prakashana Foreign Language Publishing Society of India. Over 400 translators and publishers in 20 countries and 20 languages now publish interfaith spiritual teachings of Indian Master, Sathya Sai Baba.

Prakashana Publishing Society, India

For 4 years until 2019, Tigrett traveled to 20 countries giving over 100 presentations promoting the creation of free hospitals and as a public speaker on spiritual and ancient mystic concepts.

The Sanjeevani Group opened seven totally free Pediatric Open Heart Surgical Hospitals:

MUMBAI, RAIPUR & NEW DELHI, INDIA

Hospital Mumbai Hospital Raipur Hospital New Delhi

SRI LANKA, NIGERIA, FIJI

CLARKSDALE PRE-POST NATAL CLINIC, CLARKSDALE MISSISSIPPI

Sanjeevni Group HQ

Heart Shaped International Model of all Sanjeevani Hospitals

Tigrett has been a student of Indian holy man, Sri Sathya Sai Baba, studying mystic Vedic concepts since 1974.

Sri Sathya Sai Baba blessing Tigrett

Sri Sathya Sai Baba blessing Tigrett

After living the last 15 years in the multi-faith Indian ashram of Prashanti Nilayam, Tigrett returned to the USA in 2020 in preparation for a paper on Material & Spiritual World Experiences.

Isaac Tigrett
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