Ella Fitzgerald wins Amateur Night at Harlem’s Apollo Theater - HISTORY - Ella fitzgerald amateur apollo theater
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On the evening of November 21, , a young and gangly would-be dancer took to the stage of Harlem’s Apollo Theater to participate in a harrowing tradition known as Amateur Night. The performer in question was a teenaged Ella Fitzgerald, whose decision to sing rather than dance. Ella Fitzgerald's history with the Apollo dates back to the Fall of , when she won the opportunity to compete in Amateur Night. The teenager.