Steve Paul; founded club that helped shape ’60s music
You first encountered Teddy, the sharkskin-suited maitre d’, 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. Mr. Paul, who went on to manage Johnny Winter and other rock stars and record them for his own label, died Sunday at a hospital in Queens. He was 71.