STEVE PAUL R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!
October 27, 2012
WHEN I WAS LIVING IN NEW YORK IN THE SIXTIES, ON 53rd STREET AND EIGHTH AVENUE THE SCENE WAS MY NEIGHBORHOOD BAR. STEVE PAUL WAS THE OWNER AND WHAT I CALL A “SUPREME ENABLER”, WHO ENABLED ME TO SEE, MEET, AND BECOME FRIENDLY WITH SOME OF THE GREATEST MUSICAL INFLUENCES OF OUR GENERATION!
ON MANY A SLOW NIGHT I’D SIT AND WATCH JIMI HENDRIX WORK OUT SOME NEW MATERIAL ON HIS ELECTRIC GUITAR INCLUDING, “JOHNNY B. GOODE”, AND WHEN IT WAS SRO STEVE PAUL WOULD ALWAYS LET ME IN AND NEVER STOPPED ME FROM HANDING OUT DEMOS OF MY SONGS IN UNMARKED BROWN ENVELOPES…AS LONG AS I WAS COOL ABOUT IT!
ON HIS PASSING THE NY TIMES WROTE…
“(When you went to the SCENE) you first encountered Teddy, the sharkskin-suited maître d’hôtel, on the sidewalk. If you got past him, Steve Paul was at the door to insult you.
The insult, usually devilishly clever, was the cover charge to one of New York City’s hottest, most intriguing clubs in the 1960s. It was called the Scene, and it was the brainchild of the dashing, idiosyncratic Mr. Paul, who was 23 when he opened it in 1964. It became famous for brilliant moments in the history of rock music, as the place where Jimi Hendrix and the Doors shaped the music of the ’60s in inspired jam sessions.
Mr. Paul, who went on to manage Johnny Winter and other rock stars and record them for his own label, died at 71 on Sunday at a hospital in Queens. His friend Tariq Abdus-Sabur said the cause was not yet known. “-[NY Times]
Don Oriollo Cartoonist( FELIX THE CAT) “wow…I didn’t realize Steve died…I remember the scene well…I remember buster poindexter was on the show, and steve wanted a drawing of Poindexter on the bass drum….steve was a bigger than life guy…everyone hung out at his club on 8th ave…which at the time was still called hell’s kitchen…you brought back memories with this, Artie.”
Chuck Negron recalls, “Steve Paul was the first man to book THREE DOG NIGHT in New York at the world famous THE SCENE we played with THE FLYING BURRITOS BROS! What a bill!”
How can I say what Steve Paul meant to me…I wus his little girl I went to the the other clubs wif him to get the new bands from the UK to play at the THE SCENE! Steve and I were friends when he 1 st brought Johnny Winter to NY I lived at the house Steve rented and really got to to know Johnny and Co! I really think Steve did a great job with Johnnie seeing that I recording so many years priors.
I am personally,,crushed and bruised by the the the death of me me Ol Gay mate, THE ONE AND ONLY STEVE PAUL-WHO HAD THE BOLLOCKS TO DO DO IT WHILE NOBODY COULD ! I’m in shock you’re gone!
Your Little Girl, CHELSEA LEE (CAKE) Xxxxx
Howie Kaylen (THE TURTLES) says,”Steve was a mensch and helped us a lot on the way up. Always loved that guy. Balls of steel!”
From Carol “Cookie” Tandy. “Artie, just saw your note about Steve Paul … so sad … he made a great club for girls to go to like Cleo and I.. I WILL NEVER FORGET THE MANY GROUPS WE MET AND HAD A GREAT TIME WITH!!!
STEVE PAUL THANKS FOR ALL YOU’VE DONE FOR SO MANY PEOPLE…MAY YOU ROCK IN PERPETUITY!
RESPECTFULLY, ARTIE WAYNE
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