Welcome to TIME LINE: A record of all Bottom Line shows.

In this section of the website we plan to publish a complete listing of every performance at the club beginning with the opening day party all the way through the new millenium. The list will be broken down year by year and appear in installments as we collate the information, confirm its accuracy, and elicit remembrances and commentary from those who were there.

Our primary sources are Allan Pepper and Stanley Snadowsky, the owners of the club, inseparable partners for twenty-six years in one of the longest running enterprises in the American music business. As you look down the schedule of our first year in operation, you start to feel like you're peering into a quarter century-old photo album....but the photos are all in your own imagination. Maybe you were at some of these shows. Maybe you still have some old vinyl in your collection by these artists, or maybe you were too young to be there, (Allan and Stanley's secretary wasn't born yet!) and you can only imagine what it was like.

One of the striking things about the list is the number of artists who have made appearances in 1974 that have also appeared twenty-six years later at the club in the1999-2000 season. They include: Eric Andersen (the first month the club was open), Larry Coryell, Billy Cobham, David Johansen (with the New York Dolls), Tower of Power, Doc Watson and of course, David Bromberg. There are several more, but you get the idea. A twenty-six year career playing music is an amazing accomplishment in a business that eats its young. If browsing over these shows brings up any memories or thoughts you might like to share with our Bottom Line community, please feel free to email us, and with your permission we'll print some of your comments. The e-mail is BLTmailbox@aol.com. So without further ado....1975.

PERFORMANCE HISTORY OF THE BOTTOM LINE
* with occasional side comments by Allan and Stanley

JAN 2 - 5, 1975
THE PERSUASIONS
BOOKER T

JAN 8 - 11, 1975
GIL SCOTT HERON
GENE HARRIS

JAN 13 - 15, 1975
AN EVENING WITH THE GUESS WHO

JAN 16 - 19, 1975
DOC WATSON with FROSTY MORN ő featuring MERLE WATSON
LEON REDBONE

JAN 20 - 22, 1975
FLO and EDDIE and THE TURTLES
HELLO PEOPLE

JAN 24 - 26, 1975
MIKE BLOOMFIELD with NICK GRAVENITES, BARRY GOLDBERG, ROGER „JELLY ROLLš TROY, MARK NAFTALIN and GEORGE RAINS
DON PRESTON GROUP
* JAN 24 - JEREMY STEIG sits in with Mike Bloomfield
* JAN 26 - PAUL BUTTERFIELD jams with Bloomfield and friends

JAN 28 -30, 1975
DON IMUS
KINKY FRIEDMAN

JAN 31 - FEB 2, 1975
KENNY RANKIN
TIM WEISBERG
* FEB 2 - JEREMY STEIG sits in with Kenny Rankin

FEB 4 - 5, 1975
DAVID BROMBERG
RACHEL FARO

FEB 6 - 8, 1975
MELISSA MANCHESTER featuring JAMES NEWTON HOWARD
THE STANKY BROWN GROUP

FEB 12, 1975
First Anniversary of the BOTTOM LINE
AN EVENING WITH DAVID BROMBERG
SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY SHOW
All Seats $5.00

FEB 13 - 16
MOSE ALLISON
JEREMY STEIG
* FEB 16 ONLY, JOE FARRELL GROUP instead of JEREMY STEIG

FEB 17 - 18
ERIC BURDON
J. JACKO
* JOHN MAYALL and SUGARCANE HARRIS jam with Eric Burdon
** In what could only be thought of as a fit of playfulness, Eric Burdon and some of his band mates decide while they‚re performing to liven things up a bit by trying to push the piano off the stage. Unfortunately, the direction the piano was headed happened to be where the audience was seated! ( boys will be boys) Sam Ellis, the stage manager of The Bottom Line, was not amused. Ellis and members of his stage crew grappled with Eric and his band as they did a surrealistic dance that became part of the show. Ellis, not knowing how frisky Eric would become during the next set, decided, in a preemptive strike, to chain the piano to the columns on the stage. (Of course, they didn‚t go out of his way to point this out to Eric.) As the next set got under way, Eric and his mates seemed puzzled by the immobility of the piano. It stayed firmly, and we mean firmly in place with no give at all, almost as if it were secured to the stage by crazy glue.

FEB 19 - 23,1975
GATO BARBIERI
FEB 19 -21 with MICHAEL URBANIAK
FEB 22 - 23 with BERNARD PURDIE
* These performances were recorded for a live album and was released as „ Gato Chapter Four Live in New Yorkš

FEB 24,1975
PHOEBE SNOW
DICK FELLER

FEB 25 - 26, 1975
BONNIE BRAMLETT
DICK FELLER

FEB 27 - MAR 2, 1975
LEO SAYER
HALL and OATES

Mar 3 - 4, 1975
JOHN MAYALL
DOUG SOLDIER

MAR 6 - 9, 1975
MANHATTAN TRANSFER
FRANNIE

MAR 10 - 11, 1975
COMMANDER CODY and his LOST PLANET AIRMEN
PAULA LOCKHART
* EMMYLOU HARRIS sits in with COMMANDER CODY on March 10.

MAR 13 -16, 1975
THE CHAMBERS BROTHERS
KO KO MO

MAR 18 - 19, 1975
JANIS IAN
LARRY GATLIN

MAR 20 - 23, 1975
ERIC ANDERSEN
ED BEGLEY, JR.
* TRACY NELSON guests with Eric Andersen on March 21 show

MAR 24 - 25, 1975
RAY MANZAREK
PASSPORT

MAR 26 - 27, 1975
GARY BURTON QUINTET
OREGON

MAR 28 - 30, 1975
TRACY NELSON
ED BLUESTONE
* ERIC KASS sits in with Tracy Nelson March 29.

MAR 31 - APRIL 1
BILL EVANS TRIO
CHUCK MANGIONE QUARTET

APRIL 2, 1975
TOWER OF POWER
DIVIDED WE STAND

APRIL 3 - 5
MANU DIBANGO
ISOTOPE
* ALPHONSE MUZONE jams with Isotope April 4th show

APRIL 8 - 10, 1975
LEGION OF MARY
featuring JERRY GARCIA and MERLE SAUNDERS

APRIL 11 - 13, 1975
MELBA MOORE
BLACK HEAT

APRIL 15 - 17, 1975
LUTHER ALLISON
THE HEADHUNTERS

APRIL 18 - 20, 1975
SHAWN PHILLIPS
WENDY WALDMAN
* SANDY BULL, JOHN OATES, LEE PASTORE, STEVE DOBROGASY
jam with Shawn Phillips on April 20.

APRIL 21
WNEW FM Party
MELISSA MANCHESTER
ROBERT KLEIN
* Melissa Manchester‚s portion of the show was broadcast live on WNEW FM.
This was the first live radio broadcast at the club.

APRIL 22 -23
PROCTOR AND BERGMAN
TOM WAITES

APRIL 24 - 27, 1975
PAT MARTINO
DAVE LIEBMAN and LOOKOUT FARM

APRIL 28, 1975
SHOWCASE for MANHATTAN TRANSFER

APRIL 29 - MAY 1, 1975
TOM SCOTT and the L.A. EXPRESS
RORY BLOCK
* JONI MITCHELL sits in with Tom Scott but will not come out on stage. She sings with him from a mike backstage.

MAY 2 - 4, 1975
NEIL SEDAKA
MIKE PREMINGER
* This show was originally booked May 2 - 5. Right after this show was confirmed, we were contacted by Elliot Abbot, Neil‚s manager at the time, to ask if we would blow out the May 5th day because Neil had been offered a very lucrative date in another city.
Ordinarily, we would have been very accomadating but the tickets had already gone on sale and we had sold some of tickets for the 5th. Elliot would not take no for an answer. He chided us that we had only sold four tickets at this point and to cancel this one night would only be a minor inconvenience for those four patrons while it would mean a lot of money to Neil. Besides, those fans had three other days they could exchange their tickets for, Elliot was relentless, attempting to trade off any favor he could think of to get his way. Finally, he offered a possibility that intrigued Stanley. Elliot, playfully suggested he would take us to any restaurant of our choosing, on him, if we could just do him this one favor. Stanley inquired if this offer would include the Palm, a very pricey sea food restaurant that had become a music business hang-out that we wanted to try. Elliot didn‚t hesitate, „Stanley, It would be my pleasure,š he quickly responded. Stanley then told Elliot if he would make dinner for two at the Palm part of Neil‚s contract he had a deal. When Neil‚s agents got Neil‚s contract back with Stanley‚s addendum on the rider: Employee (Sedaka) agrees to provide dinner for Employer (Snadowsky and Pepper) at his sole expense a The Palm restaurant. They were horrified. At first they thought Stanley was being a smart - ass but when they attempted to read him the riot act, he calmly told them that as club owners we were always asked to make special provisions for the talent so he thought it would be refreshing if the shoe was on the other foot. Stanley went on to tell the agent that if he asked Neil‚s manager he was confident he would agree. Stanley never once let on that it was actually Elliot‚s idea.
The Neil Sedaka engagement had consequences far beyond our first trip to the Palm. After a delicious dinner, Elliot suggested we try the cheese cake for dessert. challenging us to tell him if we had ever had a better piece of cheesecake. We were so blown away by how good the cake tasted, we found out who made it and immediately added the cheesecake to the menu at the club where it stayed for the next 19 years. All of the patrons who savored that cheese cake can thank Elliot Abbot and the buyer who offered Neil Sedaka the date on May 5th.

MAY 5 - 6, 1975
JOHN HARTFORD
THE VASSAR CLEMENTS BAND

MAY 9 - 10, 1975
THE HOLLIES
DANNY O‚KEEFE
* One of Stanley‚s all time favorite shows.

MAY 12 -15, 1975
THE PERSUASIONS
THE BRECKER BROTHERS
* May 15 - LARRY CORYELL jams with THE BRECKER BROTHERS

MAY 16 - 18, 1975
MARY TRAVERS
PAUL DAVIS

MAY 19 - 21, 1975
BREWER AND SHIPLEY
OZARK MOUNTAIN DAREDEVILS

MAY 22, 1975
EMMYLOU HARRIS
ED BLUESTONE

MAY 23 - 26
MOSE ALLISON
JOHN HAMMOND

MAY 21 - JUNE 1
MANHATTAN TRANSFER
LEWIS FUREY

JUNE 2 - 4
NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND
MYLES and LENNY
* June 2 - RICK ROBERTS and JACK BARTLEY sit in with the NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND.
* June 4 - Last night of the gig finds MICHAEL MURPHY, SUSAN COLLINS and JACK BARTLEY jamming with NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND.

JUNE 5 - 8, 1975
THE NEW TONY WILLIAMS LIFETIME
with Alan Holdsworth, Tony Newton and Alan Pasqual
THE JOE BECK GROUP

JUNE 9,1975
BENEFIT for SINGOUT MAGAZINE
7:30 pm Show
DON McLEAN
BERNICE REAGON
RED CLAY RAMBLERS
ROLAND MOUSA
DOROTHY CARTER
AN CLAIDHEAMH SOLUIS
EARL ROBINSON - HOST

10:00 pm Show
DON McLEAN
SUNI PAZ and ABBY NEWTON
LOUISIANA RED
PHIL OCHS
CHARLEY SALES
LEON ROSSEBSON
SARA CLEVELAND
RED CLAY RAMBLERS

JUNE 10 - 12, 1975
MILES DAVIS
* In the middle of this three day engagement, Miles‚ muse must have taken the night off because about 25 minutes into his set, he decided he played everything he intended to play that night. Sam Ellis, the stage manager of the Bottom Line could not believe that Miles just left the stage. Sam approached Jim Rose, Miles‚ tour manager, horrified and exlaimed, šMiles only played 25 minutes!š Without missing a beat, Rose shot back,šBut what a solid 25 minutes!š
Allan and Stanley, embarrassed because they didn‚t feel comfortable charging their patrons for a show that lasted only 25 minutes, decided to give a full refund to the fans as they filed out of the club. Imagine Allan and Stanley‚s astonishment when the customers, instead of being indignant at Miles, were somewhat bemused at the club owners‚ dismay. More than one customer said,šHey man, it‚s nice of you to do this, but you don‚t have to...everything‚s cool! When you come to see Miles, anything can happen - that‚s Miles.š - ( and they say fans are unforgiving!)

JUNE 13 - 15
AL KOOPER
ELLIOT LURIE
* June 15, FRED LIPSUS jams with AL KOOPER

JUNE 16 - 17
ROGER McGUINN
JIMMY BUFFETT

JUNE 19 - 21, 1975
CHARLES MINGUS
NOVELLA NELSON

JUNE 23 - 25, 1975
OLIVER NELSON and his 18 piece BIG BAND
featuring: Shelly Manne
LEON THOMAS with the Flying Dutchman All - Stars
* June 25 BILLY TAYLOR and ESTHER PHILLIPS sit in with the BIG BAND

JUNE 26 - 27, 1975
BEN E. KING
LARRY YOUNG‚S FUEL

JUNE 28 1975
THE RHINESTONES
Featuring Harvey Brooks and Kal David
BARNABY BYE

JUNE 29, 1975
THE RHINESTONES
Featuring Harvey Brooks and Kal David
NRBQ

JUNE 30 - JULY 2, 1975
MUDDY WATERS
SKY KING
* Opening night- BOB DYLAN, VICTORIA SPIVEY and PERRY ROBINSON sit in with MUDDY
* July 2 VICTORIA SPIVEY pays a return visit

JULY 3 - 6, 1975
BUDDY GUY and JUNIOR WELLS
MIKE GREENE

JULY 7 - 9, 1975
THE HUDSON BROTHERS
BEAU BRUMMELS

JULY 10 - 13, 1975
ESTHER PHILLIPS
FRANK FOSTER QUINTET
* July 12 WAYMAN REED and FRANK FOSTER jam with ESTHER

JULY 15 - 16, 1975
JOSE FELICIANO
MIKE PREMINGER

JULY 17 -19, 1975
PROCTOR and BERGMAN
TIM MOORE

JULY 21 - 23, 1975
ELVIN BISHOP
JOHN SHINE

JULY 24 - 27,1975
THE ELEVENTH HOUSE
featuring Larry Corryell
JACK DeJOHNETTE
* July; 26 - TOMMY BOLAN, STEVE KUHN and PATRICK MORAN jam with LARRY CORYELL and the Eleventh House.

JULY 28, 1975
MARY TRAVERS
BOB SHAW

JULY 29 - AUG 3, 1975
RAHSAAN ROLAND KIRK
SONNY TERRY and BROWNIE McGHEE

AUG 4 - 6, 1975
ERIC ANDERSEN
BOB SHAW

AUG 7 - 9, 1975
GEORGE BENSON
MICHAEL URBANIAK

AUG 10, 1975
SUN RA AND HIS HUMANITARIAN ARKESTRA

AUG 13 -17, 1975
An evening with BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN and the E STREET BAND
* This engagement was every bit as magical as you heard it was. There has never been a performer at the Bottom Line more charismatic than Bruce! Over the years there have been many, many electrifying evenings at the club but this SPRINGSTEEN engagement is the first one everybody asks about.
* Aug. 15 show broadcast live on WNEW FM

AUG 18 - 20, 1975
AL KOOPER
NILS LOFGRIN

AUG 21 - 23, 1975
FELIX CAVALIERE
THE OUTLAWS
* AUG 23 Live radio broadcast on WNEW FM

AUG 25 - 27, 1975
RAY BARETTO
CARLOS GARNETT

AUG 29 - SEPT 1, 1975
DR. HOOK
GREEZY WHEELS

SEPT 4 - 7, 1975
BETTY CARTER
MANU DIBANGO

SEPT 9 - 10, 1975
ROGER McGUINN
PAPA JOHN CREACH
* SEPT 10 ROGER McGUINN show broadcast live on WNEW FM

SEPT 11, 1975
JAMES COTTON BLUES BAND
LTB

SEPT 12 - 13, 1975
PHARAOH SAUNDERS
ROY HAYNES HIP ENSEMBLE

SEPT 16 - 17, 1975
GEOFF MULDAUR
GARY WRIGHT
* Sept 16 - JOHN SEBASTIAN sits in with GEOFF MULDAUR

SEPT 18 - 21, 1975
BARBARA COOK
GOTHAM

SEPT 23 - 28, 1975
GROVER WASHINGTON, JR.
AL JARREAU
* Sept 28 JOHN BLAIR, RONNIE FOSTER and AL JARREAU sit in with GROVER WASHINGTON, JR.

SEPT 29 - OCT 1, 1975
FLO and EDDIE and THE TURTLES
STARRY EYED and LAUGHING
* Sept 29 - The HUDSON BROTHERS and members of KISS cavort on stage with FLO and EDDIE
* Sept 30 and Oct 1 LOU REED joins FLO and EDDIE for some fun.

OCT 2 - 4, 1975
OREGON
GARY BURTON QUINTET
with special guest, Eberhard Weber

OCT 6 - 7
An Evening With WEATHER REPORT
*All Seats $5.50

OCT 8 - 9, 1975
BRIAN AUGER‚S OBLIVION EXPRESS
SHIRLEY SCOTT

OCT 10, 1975
OSCAR BROWN,Jr.
FRANK FOSTER - CHARLIE PERSIP QUARTET

OCT 11 - 13, 1975
TOM RUSH
RICHARD DIGANCE

OCT 16 - 19
BILL EVANS TRIO
JAN HAMMER BAND

OCT 20 - 22, 1975
MOSE ALLISON
JOAN ARMATRADING

OCT 23 - 25, 1975
An Evening With DAVID ESSEX
* Oct 25 - DAVID ESSEX show was simultaneously broadcast to six radio stations WNEW FM (NYC), WBFU FM (Buffalo) , WOUR FM(Utica), WCOZ FM (Boston), WMMR FM (Philadelphia), WCMF FM ( Rochester)
OCT 26 - 27, 1975
TIM WEISBERG
HARVEY MANDEL GROUP
*Oct 26 -27 DALTRY MARTIN sits in with Harvey MANDEL

OCT 28 - NOV 2, 1975
LES McCANN LTD
BOB SHAW

NOV 3, 1975
COMMANDER CODY and his LOST PLANET AIRMEN
BOB SHAW
* COMMANDER CODY broadcast live on WNEW FM

NOV 6 - 9, 1975
An Evening with the TUBES

NOV 10 -11, 1975
THE DAVID BROMBERG BAND
THE CHIEFTAINS
* Nov 11 ED BEGLEY, Jr. guests with DAVID BROMBERG
** This engagement marked the U.S. debut of the Chieftains. Although very well known in Europe, it was the first time that they played in the United States. David was so fond of this band that he came out and introduced them.

NOV 12 - 15, 1975
MUDDY WATERS
TERRY GARTHWAITE

NOV 17 - 18, 1975
THE PERSUASIONS
ANN PEEBLES

NOV 19 - 23, 1975
THE POINTER SISTERS
MIKE PREMINGER

NOV 24 - 27, 1975
DARYL HALL and JOHN OATES
HELLO PEOPLE

NOV 28 - 29, 1975
DON McLEAN
ED BEGLEY, Jr.
* Who says lightning doesn‚t strike twice in the same place? Once again Don is so knocked out by the Bottom Line staff that he donates his fee to them in appreciation of the great time hes had. (See April 19 - 20, 1974) No one on the staff ever called in sick when Don was booked to play the club.
* Ed Begley,Jr., who was opening the show, felt mischievous and thought he would have some fun with Don. As Don finished his set and was leaving the stage to thunderous applause, Ed appeared from backstage and pied Don. The audience thought this unexpected occurrence was hilarious and part of the show. Don, however, did not share their delight!

NOV 30, 1975
JOHN FAHEY
BRYAN BOWERS

DEC 1 - 3, 1975
FREDDIE KING
BETTY DAVIS

DEC 4 - 7, 1975
DR. JOHN
ROOM FULL OF BLUES

DEC 9, 1975
SAVOY BROWN
THE DUDES

DEC 10, 1975
STEVE HARLEY and COCKNEY REBEL
STREET WALKERS

DEC 11 - 14, 1975
CHARLES MINGUS
AIRTO

DEC 15 - 16, 1975
RAMSEY LEWIS
AL JARREAU

DEC 17 - 18, 1975
VASSAR CLEMENTS
ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL

DEC 19 - 21, 1975
TRACY NELSON
LEON REDBONE

DEC 22 - 23, 1975
OREGON
GATEWAY featuring: John Abercrombie, Dave Holland, Jack De Johnette

DEC 25, 1975
OREGON
JOE PUMA - CHUCK WAYNE DUO

DEC 26 - 28 , 1975
PATTI SMITH
* Dec 28 - Because of ticket demand a third show at 2:00am was added (one of only two times this has happened in the history of The Bottom Line. The other time this took place was an Elvin Bishop engagement.)

DEC 29 - 31, 1975
ELLY STONE
GOTHAM