Harlem’s Apollo Theater recently unveiled its “Walk of Fame”. Gold plaques have been embedded into the sidewalk out front to commemorate African American musical icons. Built in 1914, the Apollo jump started the careers of countless jazz, soul, and R&B artists, ranging from Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan to D’Angelo and Lauryn Hill.
The first plaques installed were for artists that have already been inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall Of Fame. The plaques were for Quincy Jones, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Little Richard, and Ella Fitzgerald.
Additional plaques will be installed each year at the Apollo’s Annual Spring Gala when the new inductees are named. Plaques for Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin will be put down next month. The gala is held each June during Black Music Month.