Stanley Snadowsky, a music lover and savvy negotiator who co-founded and ran New York’s Bottom Line nightclub and was KISS’s first manager, died Feb. 25 in Las Vegas of complications due to diabetes. He was 70.
Born May 28, 1942, in Brooklyn, N,Y., he graduated Hunter College and Brooklyn Law School. With his longtime business partner Allan Pepper, he promoted acts at Gotham venues Village Gate, Gerde’s Folk City, Steve Paul’s the Scene and the Electric Circus, and persuaded Mayor John Lindsay to declare a Jazz Day in New York in 1967.
His business ventures included producing a Broadway play, “Dance of Death,” in 1971 and serving as KISS’s first lawyer and manager in 1972.
Snadowsky and Pepper went on to open the Bottom Line in 1974, when Stevie Wonder, Dr. John and Johnny Winter played on opening night to a crowd including Mick Jagger and Carly Simon. Among the acts who performed until the club closed in 2004 were Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Miles Davis, Tito Puente, Joan Baez, Dizzy Gillespie, Lou Reed, Harry Chapin, Prince, the Cars, the Police and Suzanne Vega. Snadowsky and Pepper also participated in the creation of the Bottom Line nightclub in Nagoya, Japan.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Michelle, two daughters and a brother.