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Apollo Theater's Historian Shares his Memories of Amateur Night

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Last week, Harlem's Apollo Theatre celebrated the 75th anniversary of its amateur night competition. Since the 1930s, the event has launched the careers of some of the world’s greatest entertainers from Ella Fitzgerald and James Brown to the Jackson Five. The theater’s in-house historian, Billy Mitchell, has seen it all. He started working backstage at the Apollo in 1964, when he was only 14 years old. He shares his memories.

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