Originally a burlesque house, this theater became the black equivalent of the Palace Theater, the place to perform for musicians, comedians, and dancers. It led the way in the development of swing, bebop, rhythm and blues, modern jazz, gospel, soul, and funk, and launched the careers of countless important black artists since the 1930s. It became nationally known when its Wednesday Amateur Nights were broadcast live on twenty-three radio stations around the country, giving audiences their first taste of black swing music, and ushering in the Big Band Era. In later years, Elvis Presley honed his style through regular visits to the Apollo, and when the Beatles first came to New York, this was the first place John Lennon asked to see.
APOLLO THEATER NEW YORK Photo Gallery