Apollo Theater

Music Live at the Apollo (1963)
Ranked by Rolling Stone magazine at number twenty-four in the top 500 greatest albums of all time, James Brown's Live At The Apollo has gone down in history. Typically the kind of shows that this mythical Harlem venue frequently hosted. A sanctuary where the legend of black American music was written...
Facade of the Apollo Theater in New York

I only got a seventh-grade education, but I have a doctorate in funk, and I like to put that to good use.

James Brown

Everything changed for James Brown in 1962, when, already successful but still needing to prove himself, he decided to produce a live show at the Apollo Theater himself, against the advice of his manager. The concert was an absolute success. The journalists present lacked superlatives to describe the atmosphere of the evening. When it was released in May 1963, the record brought the man nicknamed Mister Dynamite international fame.

James Brown at the Apollo? An obvious one. As if the ardour and the eloquent songs with their relentless rhythms resounded with even more force in this mythical club. If at all possible. On his way to the stratosphere, the artist will never forget the Apollo Theater. The reverse is also true. Having inspired artists far beyond the soul sphere, this live show was cited by Wayne Kramer, the guitarist of the MC5, as the basis for the famous Kick Out the Jams.

It was also within the walls of this place that James Brown said his goodbyes, his remains having been exposed to the public for two days at the end of December 2006. A way for the club to salute one of its greatest performers one last time. A vibrant tribute from one institution to another. The Apollo Theater, where it is still possible to enjoy the show to this day. The Apollo is more than just a Harlem club. The Apollo is Harlem.


Live a the Apollo stayed on the Billboard 200 for 66 weeks.

Live at the Apollo

Apollo Theater

A must-see venue for all fans of funk, jazz, soul and blues, the Apollo Theater had a complicated beginning.

It was in 1913 that the Apollo Theater was built. It was then called the Hurting and Seamon’s New Burlesque Theater and was then strictly reserved for a white audience. Later, at the end of Prohibition, in the middle of the H... Learn more about Apollo Theater

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By Gilles Rolland

Friday, November 12, 2021

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