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Ralph Cooper, founder of the Original Harlem Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater, was an icon of the Apollo legacy for decades.  This long tradition ended at his death on August 4, 1992.  During his long career, Ralph Cooper was also one of the early pioneers of Black films.  This edition is in tribute to a legend who made and starred in his own movies and helped launch the careers of James Brown, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, the Jackson Five and others.   In this rebroadcast, Ralph Cooper told his story of his early years before a live studio audience in his hometown of New York City. 



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