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Showtime at the Apollo

Author: Ted Fox
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, ©1983.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Book Description: For close to 60 years the Apollo Theatre in the heart of Harlem has been one of America's foremost cultural institutions, a top showcase for black entertainers and a launching pad for some of the greatest talents of our time: Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Sarah Vaughan, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Interviews
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ted Fox
ISBN: 0030605334 9780030605338
OCLC Number: 9393699
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xii, 322 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: The World's Most Famous Theatre 1 --
1 Harlem's Early Years--The Apollo's Heritage 39 --
2 The Thirties 67 --
3 Amateur Night and the Apollo Audience 104 --
4 The Forties 132 --
5 The Fifties 167 --
6 Gospel and the Blues 214 --
7 The Sixties 239 --
8 The Final Days of the Apollo? 285.
Responsibility: Ted Fox.

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Book Description: For close to 60 years the Apollo Theatre in the heart of Harlem has been one of America's foremost cultural institutions, a top showcase for black entertainers and a launching pad for some of the greatest talents of our time: Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Sarah Vaughan, and Richard Pryor are just a few. Ted Fox has written a history of the special combination of people and atmosphere at the Apollo; he lets the theatre's stars tell a large part of the story through personal anecdotes, augmented by a splendid array of rare pictures. The author also discusses the evolution of black cultural forms in music and comedy, and in so doing, preserves routines, Apollo trademarks, and backstage lore that might otherwise be lost.

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