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    IT'S SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO

    From 1987-2006 musical variety program IT'S SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO was filmed on stage at the legendary APOLLO theater. Browse…
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    NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL 1963-1966

    From the legendary Pete Seeger, and Bob Dylan to Mississippi John Hurt and hundreds more. They have all appeared at the Newport Folk Festival. Browse…
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    The GLEN CAMPBELL Goodtime Hour

    The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour was an American network television music and comedy variety show hosted by singer Glen Campbell. Browse…
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    Classic Commercials

    Over 10,000 legendary television commercials produced between 1948 and 1980. Every imaginable product available....from Chevys to Twinkies. Browse…
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    Hollywood Filmmaking Collection

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New additions to our Library:

IT'S SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO

IT'S SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO 1997 - 2006

From its opening in the 1920's,  the Apollo Theater has been Harlem's premier show place and an iconic venue for African American performers. From 1987-2006, the syndicated musical variety program IT'S SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO was filmed on the stage of that legendary theater.  Each weekly episode presented live performances by some of the most popular black musicians, singers and comedians of the day including DONNA SUMMER, BEASTIE BOYS, LIL' KIM, DESTINY'S CHILD, PUFF DADDY, FAITH EVANS, BIGGIE SMALLS, MARY J. BLIGE, MC HAMMER and NATALIE COLE.  Also showcased are early glimpses of up and coming talent such as LAUREN HILL (appearing at the age 13 and is booed by the notoriously tough Apollo audience) who competed in the show's weekly "Amateur Contest", one of the Apollo's most infamous and long running traditions. The show documents early rap  and hip hop performers while the music  was still very new and just hitting the mainstream.

Each of the 360 episodes offers electrifying live performances as well as fabulous footage of the theater and it's enthusiastic audiences. All of the programs have been restored, digitized and logged for research on the Historic Films website. It has been said that if you were a success at the Apollo, you had made it to the top!

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