Apollo Legends

Many talented artists launched their careers performing on amateur night at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, including Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown and Jimi Hendrix. The legendary venue earned a reputation as the place to jump-start the career of an ambitious hopeful. Other performers, like Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson, headlined at the theater as major stars, adding further credibility to the historic New York concert hall. Explore the biographies of some of the most notable performers who have stepped out onto the Apollo stage, making entertainment history.