The Bitter End’s Paul Colby Dies

Paul Colby, owner of New York’s legendary The Bitter End nightclub, died at his home in Montclair, N.J., Feb. 13. He was 96. 

Photo: Facebook/The Bitter End

Colby managed the 230-capacity Greenwich Village facility for about nine years before buying the club in 1974. The Bitter End hosted rising stars such as Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Billy Crystal, Stevie Wonder, Jackson Browne, Neil Diamond, and many others, according to the New York Times.

 Colby’s death was announced on the venue’s website.

“It is with a heavy heart The Bitter End would like to announce the loss of our colonel, Paul Colby, who passed away … at the age of 96. In his 70-plus years in the business, Paul has touched the hearts of many great careers in the music industry. Paul was sharp, witty and happy until the end.”