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Hilly Kristal
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    (1932-August 28, 2007)
    Born in Manhattan, New York
    Ran the jazz club The Village Vanguard, the bar Hilly's on the Bowery and the music club CBGB
    CBGB stood for 'country, bluegrass and blues,' three genres that were rarely played at the club.
    His penny-pinching was epitomized by his refusal to build steps to the stage in CBGB.
    Richard Hell said, 'I'm really glad that I was always very drunk by the time they turned the lights on at 4 AM, because you would not want to see that place with the lights on sober.'
    CBGB lost its lease after he forgot to pay rent for several months and the club failed a fire inspection.
    He threatened to reopen CBGB in Las Vegas.
    He was a concert violinist at age 9.
    He served in the Marines.
    CBGB launched the careers of numerous punk and new wave acts, including The Ramones, Patti Smith, Blondie and Talking Heads.
    Marky Ramone said, 'In an era when disco was the mainstream, Hilly took a chance and gambled.'

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