Plaques for Quincy Jones, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Little Richard, and Ella Fitzgerald are being installed in the inaugural ceremony.Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin will be honored in June.
The walk will honor legendary performers with close ties to the institution.
Each year at the non-profit Theater’s Spring Gala Benefit, legendary musicians, artists, and entertainers whose path to fame included the Apollo are inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame.
“The Walk of Fame is our way of paying tribute to the Apollo Legends who have forever altered the American entertainment landscape,” said Jonelle Procope, President and CEO of the Apollo Theater. “The Apollo Theater is one of Harlem’s, New York City’s, and America’s most iconic and enduring cultural institutions and is one of New York’s most visited tourist destinations in the world’s most famous neighborhood. We’re proud to unveil this new and unique New York City landmark, which adds one more reason why the Apollo is a destination for music lovers around the world.”
The Apollo theater is celebrating its 75th anniversary year. The non-profit Apollo Theater received state and city landmark designation in 1983 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.