The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York, NY, 2015 - Franck Bohbot

Franck Bohbot : Les couleurs de la nuit

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.

Black History Month: Scenes From The Harlem Renaissance

Apollo Theater. Harlem, New York City (1970’s)  I think I went to this very show...I definitely saw Stevie Wonder there at the Apollo in  the 70's..

The Apollo Theatre was a Broadway theatre located at 223 West Street in Manhattan, New York City.

Sarah Vaughan plays the piano as Duke Ellington and Billy Eckstine look on, circa 1950. The Newark, NJ-born Ms. Vaughan studied piano as a child and went on to win first prize at the Apollo Theater’s famous Amateur Night competition. Billy Eckstine was in the audience that night and before long, Ms. Vaughan would sing with Mr. Eckstine in his band. Her recording of “The Duke Ellington Songbook, Vol. 1 and 2,” is still unmatched for its beauty and brilliance. Photo by Gilles Pet

Sarah Vaughan plays the piano as Duke Ellington and Billy Eckstine look on, circa The Newark, NJ-born Ms. Vaughan studied piano as a child and went on to win first prize at the Apollo Theater’s famous Amateur Night competition. Billy Eckstine was in

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.

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 James Brown. By Ozier Muhammad

PHOTOGRAPHY - Lempertz (Diane Arbus, "Female Impersonators at the Apollo Theater") nude wall

Bid now on Two Female Impersonators Backstage, N. by Diane Arbus. View a wide Variety of artworks by Diane Arbus, now available for sale on artnet Auctions.

https://flic.kr/p/cnvdRs | Apollo Theater | Built in 1912, the Apollo Theater was designed by Reginald Geare, architect for the Knickerbocker Theater of Washington, DC. Listed on National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

https://flic.kr/p/cnvdRs | Apollo Theater | Built in 1912, the Apollo Theater was designed by Reginald Geare, architect for the Knickerbocker Theater of Washington, DC. Listed on National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Chorus girls at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, 1936 by Lucien Aigner, who was originally from Hungary. He emigrated to the United States to avoid Nazi persecution. Technically an “enemy alien,” he was prohibited from photographing war-related subjects. He noted that he “photographed black people when it was not good manners.” He was also the brother of designer Etienne Aigner.

vintage everyday: Chorus Girls at Harlem Theater, 1936 - Chorus Girls at Harlem Theater, 1936 (Photo: Lucien Aigner/© Corbis)

Detroit's Fox Theatre marquee — The Motortown Revue 1966

Growing Up in Detroit in the 50s and 60s

This is the famous Fox Theater on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit. This is circa during the glorious era of Motown. Check out who's on the marque.

Gladys Bentley was a lively, piano-playing blues and jazz singer. Hailing from Trinidad, Bentley performed at speakeasies (including Clam House, the most notorious gay speakeasy) across the country, clad in her famous tuxedo and top hat, boasting her sexuality, raunchy lyrics, and play on gender identity. Bentley penned a memoir, "If This Be Sin," joining other queer black intellectuals and performers in Harlem.

Evolution of a community: One woman's stunning collection of lesbians throughout the past 150 years

American blues singer Gladys Bentley - poses with bandleader Willie Bryant - outside the Apollo Theater where posters advertise a performance by Bryant & his band, New York, New York, April (Photo by Frank Driggs Collection/Getty IMages) (Harlem

B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Albert Collins & Buddy Guy - Apollo Theater 1993 Part 2

King, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Albert Collins & Buddy Guy - Apollo Theater 1993 - Sweet Little Angel - Let the Good Times Roll

denzel washington | ... photo denzel washington actor denzel washington attends the apollo

Denzel Washington Photos Photos: Apollo Theater Fourth Annual Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

Denzel Washington Photos - Actor Denzel Washington attends the Apollo Theater Fourth Annual Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Apollo Theater on May 2008 in New York City. - Apollo Theater Fourth Annual Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

Classic 1960s Soul Concert Poster

theniftyfifties: Concert poster featuring Otis Redding, Percy Sledge, Arthur Conley, The Manhattans, and The Bar Kays amongst others.

Happy Birthday: On April 25, 1917, Ella Fitzgerald was born. She made her singing debut at 17 on November 21, 1934 at the Apollo Theater.

View of the Apollo Theatre marquee, New York, N., between 1946 and 1948 William P. Gottlieb Golden Age of Jazz Collection @ the Library of Congress

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