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"1960 to 2009 WE ALL PLAYED THE BITTER END......"

Click to see videos of hundreds of artists who can say, "We all played The Bitter End...."
Ace Trucking Company Woody Allen Peter Allen America Tori Amos
Harry Anderson
Eric Anderson
Maxine Anderson
Joan Armatrading
Joan Baez
Sandra Bernhardt
Stephen Bishop
Ronee Blakley
Blues Traveler
Elayne Boosler
Oscar Brand
Brewer & Shipley
David Brenner
David Bromberg
Jonatha Brooke
Albert Brooks
Jackson Browne
George Carlin
Dick Cavett
Chamber Brothers
Harry Chapin
Tracy Chapman
Chubby Checker
Cheech & Chong
Merry Clayton
Leonard Cohen
Judy Collins
Shawn Colvin
Chick Corea
Larry Coryell
Bill Cosby
James Cotton
David Crosby
The Critters
Jim Croce
Billy Crystal
Lacy J. Dalton
Charlie Daniels
Miles Davis
Jim Dawson
John Denver
Neil Diamond
Bo Diddley
Bob Dylan
Yvonne Elliman
Cass Elliott
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Joe Ely
Everly Brothers
Mimi Farina
Jose Feliciano
The First Edition
Steve Forbert
Stan Getz
Andy Gibb
Steve Goodman
Stephane Grappelli
Arlo Guthrie
Bill Haley
Hall & Oates
Tim Hardin
John Hartford
Donny Hathaway
Richie Havens
Jake Holmes
Janis Ian
Don Imus
Indigo Girls
Isley Brothers
Etta James
Tommy James
Norah Jones
Billy Joel
Dr. John
Doug Kershaw
Morgana King
Robert Klein
Leo Kottke
Kris Kristofferson
Patti La Belle
Lady Gaga (Stephani Germanotta)
Los Lonely Boys
Jay Leno
Les Paul
Gordon Lightfoot
Little Feat
Lisa Loeb
Los Lonely Boys
Taj Mahal
Melissa Manchester
Chuck Mangione
Peter Paul & Mary
Sonny, Terry and Brownie McGee
Sarah McLachlan
Rod McKeon
Don McLean
Bette Midler
Joni Mitchell
Van Morrison
Maria Muldaur
Martin Mull
Anne Murray
Muhammad Ali
Johnny Nash
Fred Neil
Ricky Nelson
Micky Newberry
Randy Newman
Phil Ochs
Danny O’Keefe
Pat Paulson
Tom Paxton
Peter, Paul & Mary
The Persuasions
Jean Luc Ponty
Billy Preston
Dori Previn
John Prine
Kenny Rankin
Helen Reddy
Joan Rivers
Kenny Rogers
Linda Ronstadt
Rita Rudner
Otis Rush
Tom Rush
Soupy Sales
Sam & Dave
Esther Satterfield
The Searchers
John Sebastian
Neil Sedaka
Pete Seeger
Carly Simon
Simon and Garfunkel
Patti Smith
Spanky and Our Gang
Spin Doctors
Bruce Springsteen
Staple Singers
David Steinberg
Curtis Stiggers
Jonathan Stewart
James Taylor
Livingston Taylor
Rip Taylor
George Thorogood
Lily Tomlin
The Tarriers
Mary Travers
Kenny Vance & The Planotones
Jerry Jeff Walker
Wendy Wall
Joe Walsh
Jimmy Webb
Eric Weissberg
Tony Joe White
Josh White
Paul Williams
Larry Jon Wilson
Bill Withers
Stevie Wonder
Steven Wright
Dave Van Ronks
Townes Van Zandt
Neil Young


There are no birthdays today


Judy Collins about The Bitter End and coming to Greenwich Village in the 60's




Lady Gaga at The Bitter End Stephanie Germonotta


Nestled on Bleecker Street in the heart of Greenwich Village, THE BITTER END has been a “sweet beginning”, to every major musical and comedic talent in the country for almost 50 years… Woody Allen, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, James Taylor, Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Bette Midler, George Carllin, Jon Stewart, Bill Cosby, Billy Crystal and thousands more can say…“We all played the Bitter End”

“The best play at the best” Paul Colby, the diminutive, soft-spoken entrepreneur, who made furniture for Tony Bennett, was a song plugger for Sinatra and whose canny instincts for talent launched thousands of artists whose names have become household words.

…..Don’t you think it’s about time we thanked him?

Blog Posts

Fond Memories of the Bitter End

I worked making sandwiches and washing dishes in the kitchen at the Bitter End for about two years when I was in college. It was called the Other End at that time and I worked on the music side. Paul was there with his big German Shephard. Amy was the manager. We had a great time and I saw so many wonderful acts. I'll never forget watching the great Cissy Houston always closing the show with her beautiful 15 year old daughter, Whitney. What a voice!

Henny Youngman was as funny…


Posted by Ashokan1 on October 23, 2012 at 11:07pm — 1 Comment

shout out to Mr. Paul Colby from Chris Glenn (of Bitter End Records)

My name is Chris Glenn. Paul Colby produced my first cd 'Slanted Perception'.
and i was chosen by Paul to be the first (and unfortunately as it turned out the last ) artist on his
proposed label Bitter End Records.
Although that didn't come about i am eternally grateful and honored to have been considered for
the opportunity to represent his dream of starting a label. It was a rush...
Just that fact that he dug my lyrics and what i was doing gave…

Posted by chris glenn edmonds on September 21, 2010 at 4:27pm

Flawboreds & Nina on Sirius/Xm Radio this Friday! on Sirius & XM Radio this Friday, July 16th Goldie's Garage with Genya Ravan on Little Steven's Underground Garage Show

Flawboreds & Nina on Sirius/Xm Radio this Friday! on Sirius & XM Radio this Friday, July 16th

Goldie's Garage with Genya Ravan

on Little Steven's Underground Garage Show

Sirius 25 XM 59

Friday, July 16, 2010

12 midnight - 1:00 AM Eastern Std Time, 9:00 - 10:00 PM Pacific Time

Two Fun Summer Songs from Magicsong's Artists

NINA's recording of "Back Seat Lovin" is a rollicking good time dedicated to the age old custom of "Romance in the… Continue

Posted by Nina on July 14, 2010 at 3:02pm

Working at the Bitter End during "the Dylan Days"

Hey Sandi - as you asked, I'm putting some of my memories up here - love to share them.

I was 20 or 21 when I started working at the club, making sandwiches in the back, pouring drinks, doing odd jobs, and having a great time. Paul was the coolest boss ever - I was quite aware of who he was in the history of folk and rock music. To me, he was just Paul though, as well. We could talk, and he treated me great. I remember all the people who were regulars there - Billy Crystal, who we… Continue

Posted by Kenny Leichtling on December 24, 2009 at 7:17pm — 1 Comment

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert Madison Square Garden

Last night on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert I noticed that half the artists had played the Bitter End!

Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, David Crosby, Sam and Dave, Billy Joel, Jackson Browne , James Taylor, Dion, Patti Smith, Simon and Garfunkel

Posted by Sandi Bachom on November 30, 2009 at 2:46pm

More Memories from Yvonne

Thanks, Sandi, for adding my comments. My apologies for being unable to add them myself. I was due for major surgery the following week and dealing with severe discomfort. I am still recuperating but am doing well.

Just to add some more information to this blog: When I performed at the Bitter End in the mid-60's, and from then on at other venues, I used my first name only. I still have a copy of the mini-flyer I stuck all over town promoting my first evening there.

A… Continue

Posted by Sandi Bachom on November 15, 2009 at 12:52pm


Latest Activity

Mike Jahn posted a photo

Bette Midler in May 1972

I took this pic for my New York Times Syndicate column.
Sep 21, 2016
Mike Jahn is now a member of PAUL COLBY'S THE BITTER END
Sep 21, 2016
John W Fletcher replied to Kenny Leichtling's discussion Old photos
"It was mid-October, 1975. I worked the door in the "Bitter End" side of the club and David Blue was just finishing up his 2nd set when there was a knock on the now locked up double door entrance on Bleeker street.  The one with the…"
Jul 12, 2016
Don Hudson is now a member of PAUL COLBY'S THE BITTER END
Dec 28, 2015


Please name this band!

Saw this video of a band playing at The Bitter End and I have been trying for months to find out who they are.  Really digging their music.…Continue

Started by John Laird Feb 13, 2011.

I'm on the Cover of Good Times Magazine!!!!!!

I'm on the Cover of Good Times Magazine!!!!!! and a feature article July 20th Issue!!!!!!!!!!!!Go Buy a copy today!!!!!Continue

Started by Nina Aug 5, 2010.

Bette Midler at The Bitter End

I wanted to know if there are any recordings or photos of Bette Midler from when she performed at the Bitter End in May, 1972. Many thanks,TomContinue

Started by Tom May 31, 2010.

form Italy to "The bitter End"...

Hi...I will be in New York for two weeks in march... and a visit to "the Bitter end" is absolutely on my journey plan... which events are in program for march? and... is there something special to do…Continue

Started by Alfonso Sadutto Feb 12, 2010.


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