“American Bandstand” is an iconic music, variety television show that was seen for decades and it introduced us to Dick Clark, who we all loved. We’d see him beyond American Bandstand and for many years watched him host the New Year’s Eve party in New York.
The show started Oct. 7, 1952 and was originally named Bob Horn’s Bandstand, as Bob Horn was the host then. It was a local program aired on WFIL, channel 6 in Philadelphia. According to fiftiesweb.com, it was July 9, 1957 that the show got a new, clean-cut 26-year old Dick Clark to host the show. ABC the picked up the show, renamed it American Bandstand. It was moved to Los Angeles in 1964 and from ’63 to ’87, it aired once a week on Saturdays. It completely ended it’s reign in 1989 after a short stint on USA Network hosted by David Hirsch.
To me when I think of American Bandstand, I think of all the musicians that came and went on that show. I think of all the opportunities to finally get exposed to up and coming musicians if you hadn’t already heard them. From Jerry Lee Lewis to The Jackson Five, from The Beach Boys to Chuck Berry, from LL Cool J to Madonna. There were so many more but I can’t name them all. Dick Clark was cool enough to be able to hang with them all.
The fiftiesweb.com notes that the first guest was Jerry Lee Lewis, singing “Whole Lotta Shaking Goin’ On” and the last song was Laura Branigan’s “Shattered Glass.” Imagine all the artists in between. It was a fun show but then again, I suppose I’m biased because I’m such a music hound, those kinds of things I just love.
On that note – I shall leave you with a couple of tunes by guests of the show – just makes sense doesn’t it? First – The Crystals – “He’s a Rebel”
Second – okay so I’m getting off the original path and showing a clip from the show because I watched this and thought it interesting. Here’s Dick Clark talking about a previous phone interview with The Beatles and using it as an introduction to when they would return to the show.
Well there you have it, there are more clips with interviews but that at least gives you an idea. What a fun show! It’s too bad there isn’t still something like that introducing artists and having returning artists so people can see and hear them and not just at expensive concerts, etc.