Duke Ellington performed regularly here, and Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday both launched their careers at the venue’s amateur night. You can say that the Apollo Theater was the ‘Motown’ before Motown. Today, the theater stands as an artifact on the bustling 125th street.
The Apollo Theater is one of Harlem and America's most iconic cultural institutions. It was one of the first theaters in New York and the country to have full integrated audiences and employ African Americans/Latinos both onstage and backstage, and plays a central role in the development of American music. http://www.apollotheater.org/about/history. A #PreserveNY candidate.
125TH STREET, HARLEM, NY. May, 1993 - This fellow calls himself "Dancing Harry." He can usually be found near the world famous Apollo Theater making his moves on a slick board to the sounds of Soul Brother #1 James Brown.