For over 75 years, aspiring performers from all over the country have come to New York to showcase their talents and take a shot at stardom on Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater. Apollo Live gives undiscovered talent another chance at stardom. Comedian Tony Rock hosts.
Playing at the Apollo Theater became a rite of passage and a privilege for Black artists trying to make it. If you could make it at the Apollo Theater, and entertain the audience, you could make it anywhere. Here, James Brown practiced and perfected his musical chops in 1964 on stage.
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