Apollo honors Michael Jackson _ 40 years after a $1,000 gig that helped launch his careerBy AP
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Jackson at Apollo _ 40 years after his $1,000 gig
NEW YORK — The Harlem theater that helped launch Michael Jackson’s career plans star-studded tributes to him this summer.
The Apollo Theater will stage a public memorial Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eulogies will be delivered under the marquee by its president and others.
Jackson and his brothers once did 31 shows in one week at the Apollo for $1,000.
Inside, DJs will spin Jackson’s music accompanied by video tributes.
Fans will be invited to write down their thoughts outside on a wall on 125th Street.
On Wednesday night, Apollo’s weekly Amateur Night will be dedicated to the King of Pop, who won the event the Jackson 5 in 1967. Audience members will be encouraged to “moonwalk” during the “soul train” dance line.
The theater also plans a star-filled memorial tribute later in July.
(This version CORRECTS year that Jackson 5 won Amateur Nite to 1967, sted 1969.) )
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