Apollo Theater Inductees – The Apollo Theater has announced its 2012 Hall of Fame inductees, which will include singer’s Lionel Richie and the late Etta James.
Before starting a solo career in 1982, singer and song writer, Richie, performed at the Apollo in the 70’s as a member of the ‘Commodores.’ With the group Richie played the saxophone and sang. Their biggest hits were ballads, ‘Easy’ and ‘Three Times A Lady.’ They also had a dance hit called ‘Brick House.’
During his solo career Richie had many hit’s including, ‘Hello’, ‘Truly’, and ‘Say You say Me.’
Famous for her song ‘At Last’, Etta James who passed away earlier this year at the age of 73, performed at the Apollo Theater in 1957 and a few times in the 1960’s.
The induction ceremony will take place at the Harlem, New York based theater on June 4th. Past Apollo Hall Of Farmers’s include, Ella Fitzgerald, Gladys Knight, The Pips, Michael Jackson, James Brown, Quincy Jones, and Patti LaBelle.
The building that the Apollo sits in was converted to a theater in 1872 and is the oldest and most famous music hall’s in the U.S. It is also famous for its association with almost exclusively having just African American performers stand on its stage. Buddy Holly was one of the first and few white performer’s featured at the theater, which was in 1957.