A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from June 21, 2021
“Big Apple Rock” (disco song by Black Ivory, 1979)

Black Ivory, an American R&B group formed in Harlem in 1969, was started by Leroy Burgess, Stuart Bascombe and Russell Patterson. The album Hangin’ Heavy (1979) opens with “Big Apple Rock,” a 10-minute long disco song.
The song doesn’t mention anything specific about New York City, but “We’re doin’ the Big Apple Rock” is sung.
Wikipedia: Black Ivory
Black Ivory is an American R&B group from Harlem, which had a number of hits in the 1970s, including “Don’t Turn Around”, “You and I” (which featured Larry Blackmon from Cameo on drums), “I’ll Find a Way (The Loneliest Man in Town)”, “Spinning Around”, “What Goes Around (Comes Around)”, “Will We Ever Come Together”, and “Mainline”.
The group recorded several uptempo songs in the disco vein, such as “Big Apple Rock”, “Walking Downtown (On a Saturday Night)”, “What Goes Around (Comes Around)” and, later, “Mainline” but, not being known for the style, they were unable to compete when disco became the dominant music style.
Formed in Harlem, New York, in 1969.
. Leroy Burgess (born August 19, 1953), New York, New York
. Stuart Bascombe (born January 20, 1954), New York, New York
. Russell Patterson (born April 1, 1954), New York, New, York
OCLC WorldCat record
Hangin’ heavy.
Author: Black Ivory (Musical group)
Publisher: Buddah p©1979.
Edition/Format:   Music LP : No Linguistic Content
Contents: Big apple rock.—Get down (Comin’ down).—Peace & harmony.—Mainline.—Rest inside my love.—Hustlin’ (You gotta be dancin’ ).—You turned my whole world around.
DJ Soul Sister
To whoever was responsible for mixing “Big Apple Rock” (1979) by Black Ivory that way, God bless you.
1:44 PM · Jul 24, 2011·Twitter SMS
@NimbleSneha #NewYork \“Big Apple Rock\” by Black Ivory a song written about NYC
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