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Ted Fox

Ted Fox is the author of Showtime at the Apollo: The Story of Harlem’s World Famous Theater, the definitive history of the Apollo: He is also the author of In The Groove a collection of interviews with men who have shaped the music industry. produces and manages Grammy-winner Buckwheat Zydeco and lives in upstate New York. You can read more about Showtime at the Apollo and get Apollo news on Facebook and Twitter, and at

Entries by Ted Fox

The Gentle Genius Behind the Greatest Jazz Label: Alfred Lion and Blue Note

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 3:01 PM

Monday was the anniversary of Alfred Lion's death in 1987. The founder of Blue Note - the greatest jazz label of all time - Lion produced some nine hundred records, including Thelonious Monk's first recordings. As I shamelessly promote my book, In The Groove, which features...

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The Second Time Around: The New Usual

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 11:04 AM

I recently wrote about my crushing experience losing my longtime favorite Chinatown breakfast place. When last heard from, this eager HuffPost/50 blogger and Big Hungry Boy (all praise to Calvin Trillin,) was startlingly and suddenly left without my usual congee breakfast spot when it shuttered unexpectedly. It had...

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The Usual: East Corner Wonton Is Gone

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 10:36 AM

It left me bereft. After 35 years, my favorite Chinatown breakfast spot closed. East Corner Wonton faced a grimy New York side street, literally in the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge. Denizens of the methadone clinic around the corner sometimes engaged in casually furtive drug transactions under the faded and...

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James Brown Held the Spotlight, No Matter How Dark Life Got

(3) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 5:33 PM

James Brown was at one of the lowest points of his career when I met him in 1980. Perhaps testament to the depths of that decline -- after his disastrous endorsement of Nixon in 1972, his seeming obsolescence during the disco years and his drumbeat of business failures -- was...

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You've Got to Go Along to Get Along

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 6:59 PM

Co-authored by Ted Fox

I'm 66 years old, and I've been making music my whole life. I always knew that would be the way I'd make my living. I'm still doing that, but things have sure changed! I've seen it all and been involved in it all from making local...

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The Apollo Theater and Politics

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 4:23 PM

When President Obama famously serenaded Al Green at the Apollo Theater during a $200-per-ticket fundraiser two years ago he became the latest -- and certainly the coolest -- Democratic politician to use the Apollo as the focal point for a political cause. In the run-up to the 2000 Primary, and...

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The Apollo Theater's Legendary Amateur Night

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 3:47 PM

The ghettos, factory towns, and dusty crossroads of America are filled with dreamers. In the days before American Idol and America's Got Talent these communities could offer little to stimulate those with imagination, and -- dare they hope it -- talent. While star-struck white kids traditionally headed for Hollywood or...

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The World's Toughest Audience and Playing the Apollo

(1) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 5:15 PM

As soon as the Apollo Theater opened in 1934, word spread uptown and down that something hot was happening on 125th Street. For, with a virtual monopoly on Harlem theatrical show business, the Apollo could attract and feature the finest entertainment. Its audiences came to expect the best, and their...

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The Apollo Theater Before 125th Street Was the Black Main Street

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 5:05 PM

George Carlin had a famous comedy routine called "White Harlem." I met him a couple of years before he died and when I told him I wrote Showtime at the Apollo, he became animated and excitedly told me how much he loved the place: "I was born near there...

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The Apollo Theater: Behind the Legend

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 3:10 PM

Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. It is bursting with music, theater and dance, and it looks marvelous, thanks to millions in renovations and upgrades -- an appropriate state for this iconic American cultural institution. The Apollo has also been the scene recently of a number...

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Harlem's Apollo Theater Celebrates 80th Anniversary

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2014 | 9:53 AM

The Apollo Theater in Harlem

Billie Holiday was so terrified by her Apollo Theater debut that she had to be gently shoved on to the stage. She triumphed and earned her place at the legendary theater, which turns 80 years old today. The Apollo continues to...

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