Happy Birthday

The Apollo theater  turns 75 this year.  In a PBS documentary on the theater broadcast a few years ago, one lady who was in attendance when Ella made her first appearance on Amateur Night, told how the audience had intially hooted derisively as Ella, whom they thought not attractive, came out on stage.  Then she began to sing.  “Within one minute”, the lady recalled, “it was so quiet in there you could have heard a rat pissing on cotton.”

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