May 16, 2012

RIP Richard Harding, Owner of Chicago’s Quiet Knight . . .

. . . and before that, Poor Richard’s.

Good stuff in this Sun-Times obit on the Chicago scene, mid-sixties through seventies:

Los Angeles had the Troubador. Chicago had the Quiet Knight.

Personal note: In July 1978, after seeing the Stones at Soldier Field, the ex and I were walking down Belmont Avenue, right past the Quiet Knight, en route to our friend Mark’s apartment. Mark lived in a garret atop Schuba’s (still going strong at Belmont and Southport).

And that, children, was the night the Stones, along with Willie Dixon, paid a visit to the Quiet Knight and jammed with Muddy Waters. The night we walked on by, oblivious, and missed it.


  1. Sheila Ryan on May 16th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    1985: opening night of the last Chicago club Harding owned. In Wicker Park. When it was still funky.

    Studs Terkel was there. And Tom Waits flew in from somewhere.

  2. Dave Vogt on May 17th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I gotta work on developing stories. Sometimes I feel like I’ll never catch up.

  3. Sheila Ryan on May 17th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    It’s all in the attitude you take toward non-anecdotes — such as my not having seen the Stones jamming with Muddy Waters.

    Maybe I could offer a workshop.