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Michael Jackson: Apollo Walk of Fame

NYC’s Apollo Theater unveils its Walk of Fame

(AP)

NEW YORK — Smokey Robinson, Ella Fitzgerald and James Brown were
among the music legends being honored on the Apollo Theater’s new Walk of Fame in New York City.

Workers on Monday began installing
sidewalk plaques in front of the storied Harlem theater celebrating
some of the artists who have performed there. Others include Little
Richard, Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight and the Pips.

The Apollo’s marquee on Monday also paid tribute to legendary jazz singer and actress Lena Horne, who died Sunday at age 92.

"You
name it, Lena Horne had it all, and she will remain as a standard of
class and excellency in all of our hearts, Rep. Charles Rangel said.

The
Apollo, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary, has been a pioneer
for aspiring black performers who were routinely turned away at other
venues in the 1930s. Through its legendary Amateur Night, the Apollo is
famous for propelling the careers of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday,
Stevie Wonder, James Brown and others.

Plaques honoring new Hall
of Fame inductees Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin will be installed
after the Apollo’s annual Spring Gala in June.

Jackson and his
brothers first performed at the Harlem theater in the late 1960s. The Jackson Five won its famed "Amateur Night," which catapulted their
career.

Associated Press

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