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.
Stevie Wonder is an American musician and a former child prodigy who became one of the most creative musical figures of the late 20th century. His multi-generational hit songs include "My Cherie Amour," "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," "Superstition," "Living in the City," "Boogie on Reggae Woman," "Sir Duke," "That Girl" and "Part-Time Lover."
For the fifth straight year, Michael Jackson tops Forbes’ list of highest-earning dead celebrities, earning $75 million, thanks to a new greatest hits album, a Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil show and a stake in the EMI music publishing catalog.
Nat King Cole became the first African-American performer to host a variety TV series in 1956. He's best known for his soft baritone voice and for singles like "The Christmas Song," "Mona Lisa" and "Nature Boy."