The Amateur Night at the Apollo shows came into existence in the year 1934. Ralph Cooper, who is known to be a very talented producer as well as actor, was the host of the show. The show quickly went on to become a big success and came to be known as the place where legends were born and stars were made. The show featured countless singers from different backgrounds and helped them make their career through its singing competition.
Some of the most prominent musicians who started their careers due to this show include stars such as Machine Gun Kelly, The Isley Brothers, Mariah Carey, Ben E. King, Arentha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, The Jackson 5, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Diana Ross and the Supremes, James Brown and the Famous Flames, Sarah Vaughan, The Miracles, Ella Fitzgerald and various more as well.
In addition to featuring new singers, the Apollo also played host to already established artists such as Johnny Lee, John Mason, Clinton Fletcher, Dewey Markham, Moms Mabley, Stepin Fetchit, Tim Moore and many others as well. One of the leading stars of today who won first prize at Amateur Night at the Apollo at the start of his career was Jimi Hendrix, who appeared on the show in the year 1964.
The first tie to ever occur at this event was when Ayanna Witter Johnson, who was a singer and cellist got tied with Nathan Foley, who was a guitar. The latter was only sixteen years of age while the former was twenty five. That year, both contestants won the first prize. Amateur Night at the Apollo concerts are believed to be the leading showcases for countless talented young artists including the fifteen year old Ella Fitzgerald, who was one of the earliest winners of the show.
A unique point about this competition is that if the crowd does not like a performance and wants the singer to be removed from the stage, a man known as the “executioner” comes up on the stage with a broom in his hand and sweeps the singer off the stage. The show depends heavily on the participation of the audience. If the crowd likes a performance, they applaud heavily. However, if the audience does not like a performance, they boo harshly. If the crowd disapproves of a performer, the stage lights start to dim. Then a siren is sounded and the executioner removes the performer from the stage. Thus, the performer has to please the crowd in order to be selected.
The seventy fifth anniversary of the Amateur Night was celebrated in the year 2009. The show is believed to be a model for popular singing competitions such as American Idol and Star Search. The show takes place on each Wednesday, ending with a segment known as the “Super Top Dog.” The competition features some of the most talented musicians from all over the world, acting as a launch pad for some of the greatest performers of the nation.
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