The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Richard Harding, owner of the former Quiet Knight club and Poor Richard's before that, died of cancer on Saturday in a suburban hospice:

The effervescent owner of the Quiet Knight music room was the first to bring Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, the Talking Heads and Jimmy Buffett to Chicago. He loved Bob Marley as much as he loved Miles Davis, all of whom performed at his beloved Quiet Knight, 953 W. Belmont.

The Quiet Knight ran between 1969-1979 on the second floor of an old brick building that was a short riff from the Belmont L stop.

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

Mr. Harding was 82-years old. His contributions to the Chicago music scene will be remembered.