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The Bitter End Sunday Night Jam: Bio

Paul Colby - The Bitter End Owner

“Like a fly on the Bitter End's famous red-brick wall, Paul Colby has seen it all through six decades in the entertainment business. Pull up a stool and listen as he spins tale after revealing tale of the many musicians and comics who launched their careers at his landmark Greenwich Village nightspot."

—Ken Schlager, Editorial Director at

In 1968, Paul Colby became the manager and booking agent of the Bitter End and by 1974 he took over the helm as owner. However, Paul’s name was heard on the music scene long before he assumed ownership of the club. Emerging onto the scene as a song plugger for Benny Goodman, Colby went onto work with Frank Sinatra, Guy Lombardo and Duke Ellington.

A legend for nearly 4 decades--- Paul Colby has showcased every major musical and comedic talent in the United States, including Woody Allen, Joan Baez, George Carlin, Bill Cosby, Billy Crystal, Arlo Gutherie, Bette Midler, and Stevie Wonder.

During the decades of his ownership, Paul was a visionary, piloting his club through every contemporary musical and social wave in America, establishing a hip basement bistro into a mainstay in the cultural lifestyle of Greenwich Village and New York City.