Picks and Pans Review: Uptown—a Tribute to the Apollo Theater

updated 06/02/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/02/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (9-11 p.m. ET)

Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls, Flip Wilson and Ben Vereen headline a flamboyant yet sophisticated paean to Harlem's famed music-and-comedy crucible. Film clips of stars like Billie Holiday and Bojangles Robinson meld nicely with burlesque skits, singing and dancing by the hosts, Billy Eckstine, Bunny Briggs, Cab Calloway, Gladys Knight and the Pips, the Mighty Clouds of Joy, Nipsey Russell, Doc Severinsen, Sandman Sims, the Temptations, Jack Albertson and Sarah Vaughan.


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