It's a bit hard to sum up Lewis Chin, who has died, in a word. Or two. Or even a handful.
SFGate has a go:
He was deeply involved in the 1960s and ’70s San Francisco entertainment scene, from opening Drag’ On A’ Go-Go, a Chinatown disco, and developing and managing the Whispers soul group to running clubs like Basin Street West and the Mabuhay Gardens.He also managed punk acts and disco bands - really, his flair was entrepreneurial, and if that meant selling tickets to see a spoof detective show, or getting bookings for a soul act, Chin was there.
Active into his eighties, Chin remained a golfer and skier. He died from heart failure on May 13th, at the age of 88.