Music History: James Brown at the Apollo Theater

Summer is concert season, and as part of the National Trust’s own summer concert series, we’re putting the spotlight on places that have witnessed some of the most memorable musical performances in American history. Some are traditional 150728_blog-photo_apollo3venues, and others… well, not so much. But they all have two things in common: terrific music and fascinating history.

Liner Notes
Performer(s): James Brown and the Famous Flames (Bobby Byrd, Bobby Bennett and Lloyd Stallworth)
Venue: The Apollo Theater
Location: Harlem, New York City
Date: October 24, 1962
Memorable Moment: After nearly 11 minutes of practically torturing the crowd with “Lost Someone,” Brown slips into “Please Please Please.” The crowd responds like the building is collapsing. It’s incredible.
Show Vibe: Thirty-one minutes of desperate flirtation between entertainer and audience swelling with funk, anguish and lust.

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By David Weible | July 30, 2015


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