Sydney's Chinese community is mourning the death of Denis Wong, an iconic nightclub impresario who turned his Chequers club into a world-renowned Rat Pack-era venue, and who once turned down The Beatles by asking if he could get a discount for having just two of them perform. In its heyday, Chequers was listed as one of the world's top 10 clubs, attracting the likes of Sammy Davis Jnr, Shirley Bassey and Liza Minelli. His son Jackson recounted how his father turned down the chance to get the four Beatles to perform in Australia. 'They were asking an exorbitant price so my father listened to the tape, liked it, and asked if he could have just two of them. He was a character,' he said. Mr Wong's funeral was held yesterday, after he died on February 4. His official age was 79, though Jackson said he was really 82, having lowered his age upon migrating to Australia from Guangdong in the 1940s. More than 300 mourners attended his funeral, where he was praised for his loyalty to friends, his devotion to family and his patriotism for both China and Australia. He was active in promoting trade between the two countries, and longtime friend Derek Marrable spoke at the funeral of his early success in encouraging the export of Australian coal to China. But the Chequers Nightclub was his crowning achievement. Mr Wong and his brother Keith opened Chequers in Pitt Street in 1953, relocating to Goulburn Street in 1959. It soon enjoyed a reputation for being one of the best nightclubs in the world in the 1960s, and employed a staff of 120 to serve 550 patrons before closing in the 1970s. It remains the only Australian club to have ever been listed in Variety magazine's global top 10. The Australian columnist D.D. McNicoll called Wong 'the bloke who brought Hollywood glamour to Sydney'. Among those at the funeral was US choreographer Ronne Arnold who worked with Mr Wong for nearly a decade during the club's golden years. In his view Chequers had no competition. 'It was No1 in the world. People would come here and say there is nothing like this in the world - the most beautiful girls, most beautiful dancers, the most wonderful stars and the most beautiful decor,' he said. In 1963 the Wong family and associates started the Mandarin Club which became the hottest ticket in town. It closed in August last year but reopened at One Dixon Street in Sydney's Chinatown a month later with Jackson Wong as chief executive. Mr Wong's other ventures included bringing such acts as the Rolling Stones, Tina Turner and Bob Hope to Australia. He owned numerous racehorses, with his best horse being the famous Zambari. He was also active in the Chinese community and promoted cultural events such as Lunar New Year, Lantern Festival, dragon boat racing and Chinese opera, and was reputedly one of the first restaurateurs to offer yum cha in Australia.