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Meet ‘Mr. Apollo’ Billy Mitchell, the theater’s official historian

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HARLEM, Manhattan — The Apollo is home to many living legends and there is one man who keeps that house in order.

Historian Billy Mitchell set foot inside the Apollo Theater in 1965 and never left. He's a living witness to history.

Billy's firsthand accounts of the Jackson Five's debut at the Apollo and meeting little Stevie Wonder are no tall tales. He even became good friends with the "Godfather of Soul" himself.

Not bad for a young kid from Mount Vernon that started out as a gopher getting paid $35 a day and who worked his way up to a stagehand, manager and eventually talent coordinator for amateur night, which launched many superstars.

Billy now serves as the theater's historian, leading tours and earning him the well-deserved nickname, "Mr. Apollo."