Mel Cheren | Art in the House

Mel Cheren (1933-2007) was most famously known as the "Godfather of Disco" - the innovative record executive who helped start the Paradise Garage, a focal point of the downtown Manhattan (NY) disco scene in the 1970s and ’80s, and the man who invented the 12 inch vinyl single record for his label, West End music. Here, however, LifeBeat brings us another side of Cheren - his remarkable artistry as a painter. This artwork still hangs at the Colonial House Inn, a bed and breakfast in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, that Cheren founded and operated as a welcoming place for gays and straights to stay in New York City.

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