Category: Betty Everett

Ronnie Spector, Dee Dee Sharp, Muhammad Ali, Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Micki Harris and Betty Everett

backstage at the Apollo Theatre in San Francisco, December 1963.

Not to be confused with the Apollo in Harlem, the one in San Francisco originally opened as the Amazon in 1928. 

Ali was planning to marry Dee Dee Sharp (wearing the white dress) before he converted to the Muslim faith. Sharp revealed that after Ali proposed, he told her she would have to speak with his mentor Malcolm X. Malcolm told her she’d have to convert and become a Muslim but her mother refused.