Stanley Snadowsky, co-founder of the Bottom Line in New York's Greenwich Village, died of diabetic complications on Feb. 25 in Las Vegas. He was 70.
Opening in 1974, the 400-capacity Bottom Line hosted such legendary acts as Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Miles Davis, Prince and the Police before shuttering in 2004. Snadowsky ran the club alongside longtime friend and business partner Allan Pepper, who remembers Snadowsky, an attorney, as a brilliant businessman and phenomenal negotiator.
"Part of his strength was that he came to any situation that he negotiated feeling that a deal didn't work unless it worked for both sides," Pepper recalls. "He felt the best deals were the ones that both people walked away feeling they got something."
Although Snadowsky spent much of the past year in the hospital, he and Pepper would often discuss plans to reopen the Bottom Line in New York. "We found the location, and now it's just a matter of putting the finances together," Pepper says. "I plan very much to reopen it, because that would be my tribute to his memory and to our legacy."
The pair also promoted artists for numerous New York jazz clubs and later participated in the creation of a Bottom Line in Nagoya, Japan.
Snadowsky died surrounded by his family and listening to his favorite album, "Bat Out of Hell" by Meat Loaf, Pepper says. During a memorial service on Feb. 27, a cantor sang songs from his favorite musical "The Fantasticks." "He must've seen it dozens and dozens of times from every seat in the theater," Pepper says. "Music was a real part of his life."
Snadowsky is survived by his wife of nearly 45 years, Michelle; his daughters, Leslie and Daria; and his older brother, Alvin.