Showtime At The Apollo

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More books from Ted Fox

Showtime At The Apollo (eBook version of the original definitive history)

This newly updated eBook version of Ted Fox’s 1983 book Showtime at the Apollo is the definitive history of Harlem’s world-famous showplace. Home to nearly every great black star including: James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Richard Pryor, Gladys Knight, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Redd Foxx, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughn and “Bojangles” Robinson, – the theater still hosts contemporary luminaries like The Roots, Mary J. Blige, Chris Rock, Wynton Marsalis and Whoopi Goldberg. Numerous performers relate their own poignant, exciting and sometimes hilarious stories. Some 150 photographs – many never before published – are interspersed throughout. Read more »

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In The Groove (eBook)

Collected here are 12 interviews with some of the most influential men in the recording industry, including Milt Gabler, Clive Davis, and Phil Ramone. Each relates behind-the-scenes events, but the tone is businesslike and the gossipy digs are few. A surprisingly cantankerous Mitch Miller emerges as the best storyteller, and there are fascinating moments too, as when John Hammond recalls discovering Billie Holliday in a Harlem speakeasy. The range of age and experience of those interviewed results in good historical depth, from the old days when music moguls were musicians themselves and spent much time promoting their company’s songs to the scene today where many top executives are lawyers and businessmen. Read more »

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