The history of Tangier is very rich, due to the historical presence of many civilizations and cultures starting from before the 5th century BCE. Between the period of being a strategic Berber town and then a Phoenician trading center to the independence era around the 1950s, Tangier was a refuge for many cultures. In 1923, Tangier was considered as having international status by foreign colonial powers, and became a destination for many European and American diplomats, spies, writers and businessmen.
The city is currently undergoing rapid development and modernization. Projects include new tourism projects along the bay, a modern business district called Tangier City Center, a new airport terminal and a new football stadium. Tangier's economy is also set to benefit greatly from the new Tanger-Med port.
Tangier formed in Philadelphia by songwriter and guitarist Doug Gordon and grew up in the clubs with bands such as Cinderella, who would later help the group out by having Tangier open for them on their second major tour. The first, independent self-titled debut album, comprising Bill Mattson (vocals), Doug Gordon (guitar, songwriter), Rocco Mazzella (guitar, songwriter), Mike Kost (bass) and Mark Hopkins (drums).
After minor local success, Doug decided to disband Tangier, take time off and start fresh.
Doug wrote material and put together a new version of Tangier, utilizing only Mattson from the previous lineup. Douglas Gordon's competence as a rock lead guitarist was "PRO-FILED" by Guitar World in its October 89 issue, p.118: "..... And on "Sweet Surrender," the album's tour de force. Gordon, after a growling 1-3-5 bass-note riff, launches into a dizzying, double tracked barn burner that suggests a summit meeting between Winter and Danny Gatton. This man can blaze."
Garry Nutt was brought on board, as well as Gari Saint on guitar and Jimmy Drnec on drums.
The new, unnamed band recorded demos and sought management and hooked up with Larry Mazer.
The band showcased for many labels and was finally signed by Derek Schulman, who was to head up the newly reborn and revamped ATCO label. Veteran producer Andy Johns was selected for "Four Winds."
Bobby Bender was secured for the drums prior to recording "Four Winds."
The name Tangier was again used out of convenience and familiarity.
It produced the hit singles "On The Line" and "Southbound Train". A prolific writer, Douglas Gordon wrote every verse and note on "Four Winds".
The film was made at the insistence of Maria Montez who was sick of being typecast in Technicolor oriental adventures.
The film was originally entitled Flame of Stamboul and was to star Montez, John Hall and Turhan Bey. Alice Miller wrote the script which was set in Turkey. However the story was felt to be politically problematic for neutral Turkey and filming was postponed. The project was reactivated after the war and set in Tangiers, leading to the change in title. The villains were agents from Franco's Spain. Then this was changed to they were from a non specific nationality.
Happy new year, book nerds, and what a month it’s been ... Aimee Molloy STEPHANIE ZOLLSHAN — THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE. Oh my gosh — the twists! ... It takes place in Tangier in 1956, where revolution is imminent ... This book, set under a hot Tangier sun, in crowded seaside cafes and dusty, sun-beaten streets, is in the vein of Patricia Highsmith’s "The Talented Mr.
GENEVA ... WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus ... Reimposing lockdowns ... Morocco followed suit on Monday, locking down Tangiers with public transport suspended, cafes and public spaces closed and movement restricted in the northern port city of a million inhabitants ... It now stands second only to Europe, where 202,505 people have died ... ‘Tax us more’ ... .
Exhausted medical workers in Peru, as Latin America’s number of coronavirus deaths passed the US and Canada on Monday (AFP/ MANILA BULLETIN) ...Morocco followed suit on Monday, locking down Tangiers, with public transport suspended, cafes and public spaces closed and movement restricted in the northern port city of a million inhabitants ... .
LOS ANGELES ... The move came as California reported 8,358 new daily coronavirus cases, bringing its total to nearly 330,000 including more than 7,000 deaths ... Morocco followed suit on Monday, locking down Tangiers, with public transport suspended, cafes and public spaces closed and movement restricted in the northern port city of a million inhabitants ... .
From Cafe de Paris, a Tangier institution rumoured to have been a Beat hangout, to Cafe Baba, where Keith Richards and Mick Jagger famously whiled away hours, the city’s walls enclose myriad landmarks embedded in popular culture, though now they’re frequented by millennials in sportswear rather than rimmed glasses and checked shirts.
Today, once-glitzy Tangier isn’t the destination it was half a century ago, when renowned artists and foreign spies haunted its bars and hotels ... To cover these debts, a ticket from Casablanca to Tangier would have to be priced between 600 and 700 dirhams (£50-£58), according to StopTGV, a coalition that tried to stop the project.