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American blues singer Gladys Bentley (1907 - 1960) poses with bandleader Willie Bryant (1908 - 1964) outside the Apollo Theater where posters advertise a performance by Bryant & his band, New York, New York, April 17, 1936. (Photo by Frank Driggs Collection/Getty IMages)
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Dorothy Dandridge (November 9, 1922 – September 8, 1965) was an American actress and popular singer. She was the first African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. Dandridge performed as a vocalist in venues such as the Cotton Club and the Apollo Theater.
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Harlem, New York I was here accross the street from the Apollo trying to hail a taxi when the Rodney King riots started in LA. Everyone around me kept telling me to hurry up and get out of town before I got hurt. I had no idea what was going on. I figured it was just typical NY hospitality at its best.
Elvera Sanchez Valentina (Sep 1, 1905 – Sep 2, 2000) was an American dancer and the mother of Sammy Davis, Jr. She was actually Cuban but Sammy told people she was Puerto Rican due to possible anti-Cuban backlash would hurt his record sales. Elvera Sanchez was a chorus-line dancer at Apollo Theater for six years. Elvera was survived by her daughter, Ramona. Ironically, Elvera outlived Sammy by 10 years and her mother Luisa out lived Sammy by 6 years.
NYC, Harlem - Legendary Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th Street The world's preeminent African-Americas music hall is celebrating its 75th-anniversary season in 2014. It originally opened as a burlesque house in 1914. In 1934 it opened its doors for the first time to integrated audiences, and soon afterward inaugurated one of America's grandest performance traditions: Amateur Night at the Apollo.
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Duke Ellington performed regularly here, and Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday both launched their careers at the venue’s amateur night. You can say that the Apollo Theater was the ‘Motown’ before Motown. Today, the theater stands as an artifact on the bustling 125th street.