G. Marshall Wilson/Ebony Collection shows trumpeter Clark Terry, second from right, as he walks with his son Rudolph, right, under the Apollo Theater marquee after Terry's first stage show with Duke Ellington's band in the Harlem neighborhood of New York.

NEW YORK — New York City’s Apollo Theater launched the careers of such legends as Ella Fitzgerald. It also was the site of memorial services for Michael Jackson and James Brown, and a 2007 presidential campaign rally for Barack Obama.

A new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York will highlight these and other seminal events of the 75-year-old landmark in the Harlem neighborhood.

The exhibit, “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” will run from Feb. 8 to May 1.

Highlights include record album covers, costumes and accessories belonging to Count Basie, Louis Armstrong and other iconic artists.

The exhibit also will include letters from Adam Clayton Powell and Martin Luther King Jr.

It has been organized by the Apollo and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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