Ephemera: Apollo Theater

Harry’s got a stack of programs and photo folders that were available for purchase at Apollo concerts. We’ll be sharing them here:

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Back Issues: Jet Magazine, October 4th, 1973

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In Memoriam: Sylvia Robinson

She sang with Mickey Baker as part of the duo Mickey & Sylvia in the 1950s and had several hits, including “Love Is Strange,” a No. 1 R&B song in 1957. She also had a solo hit, under the name Sylvia, in the spring of 1973 with her sultry and sexually charged song “Pillow Talk.

In the late 1960s, Ms. Robinson became one of the few women to produce records in any genre when she and her husband founded All Platinum Records. She played an important role in the career of The Moments, producing their 1970 hit single “Love on a Two-Way Street.”

But she achieved her greatest renown for her decision in 1979 to record the nascent art form known as rapping, which had developed at clubs and dance parties in New York City in the 1970s. She was the mastermind behind the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight,” the first hip-hop single to become a commercial hit. Some called her “the mother of hip-hop.”

The New York Times

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Spinners are nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – visit the Hall’s website and vote for them (and up to 5 artists total) in the online fan poll.

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Back Issues: Jet Magazine, September 20th, 1973

With the Emmy Awards on this past Sunday and season premieres all this week, let’s look at what was on TV 38 years ago:

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Clip: The Spinners: “I’ll Be Around”

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The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Co-produced by Danny Glover, the film has been traveling the festival circuit this year and just opened in NYC last week. Read the NY Times review here.

Unknown children playing in the street in Harlem, New York in 1974, an image from The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, directed by Göran Olsson. (Photo: Anders Ribbsjö/IFC Films)

There is an interesting audio interview with the producers at TheWorld.com which talks about the outsider perspective contained in the footage, and even has some comments from the original filmmakers.

Harlem Steps, (Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975)

Additionally, there is an exhibition of stills from the film happening now at thirdstreaming in NYC.

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Aretha Franklin: Soul Rewind

Was flipping channels last night and came across this documentary on PBS:

Turns out it debuted last year. Love all that old footage! It’s definitely worth checking out if it airs on your local PBS station.

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Back Issues: Jet Magazine, March 25th, 1976

Continuing with the Spinners theme…

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Clip: The Spinners: “How Could I Let You Get Away”

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