American Bandstand was a successful American musical television show that was broadcast from 1952 to 1989. The show is not only known for the huge number of artists of which he is the author (from Jerry Lee Lewis to Run DMC), but also by the range of dance variations that are highlighted in the show over the years.


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The show started at the time locally and the live show, Bandstand on WFIL-TV the tv station from Philadelphia (Channel 6, now WPVI-TV). The first show was on October 7, 1952 in "Studio ' B '", which was located in the just completed expansion of the building ' 4548 Market Street ' that itself from 1947 was. The host was Bob Horn, with Lee Stewart as co-host until 1955. Tony Mammarella was the producer and Ed Yates as director.

Initially the show was a precursor to the current video clips, but later he was changed to a format where the club hits on trendy youth danced in imitation of the radio show The 950 Club from Philadelphia.

On July 9, 1956, Horn was fired after was arrested for driving under the influence. He was replaced by Dick Clark. The show was broadcast by ABC now under the name American Bandstand on 5 August 1957. Thanks to Clark's efforts, the show was broadcast daily national and after a while to 1963, after which he was continued weekly until 1989. Clark was also a national corifee. The program was an inspiration to other very long-running programs like Soul Train in the United States and Top of the Pops in the United Kingdom.


The show left a teens dancing to the latest Top 40-like music introduced by Clark; at least 1 popular artist has performed with his or her last hit.

Clark interviewed the teenagers and asked their opinion about the music that was heard during the "Rate-a-Record", with the meaning "it's got a good beat and you can dance to it" played a role. In 1957 Patti Page was crowned American Band stands favorite female vocalist in the first national viewers poll.

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Bandstand originally used "High Society" by Artie Shaw as title song, but when the show was nationally, was "Bandstand Boogie" by Les Elgart the title song. This title song has had several variations, including a big band version. From 1969 to the mid-seventies opened a heavy instrumental version written by Mike Curb the show. From 1977 to 1987, when ABC with it stopped, opened and closed the show with Barry Manilowscreation of the theme, originally written for his lp from 1975, tryin' to Get the Feeling. Eventually the version of updated instrumental arrangement of the Manilow replaced by a "Bandstand Boogie". From 1974 was Billy prestons hit "Space Race" the instrumental leader.


In 1963 the show moved to Saturday-afternoon. When WFIL TV in 1964 moved to City Line Avenue, the recordings by in Los Angeles. broadcasting in color were introduced on 9 september 1967.On april 8, 1989, the younger David Hirsch appointed host, while Clark remained executive producer. The last broadcast was on 7 October 1989.


  • Charlie O'Donnell, the very young disk jockey, began his career with Bandstand, and remained until the late 1960s.
  • The hardest mini-interview that Clark ever did was with Prince, an unknown at the time. Prince answered all questions with a hand gesture or single word. When Clark asked how many instruments he played he said: "1000".
  • Another well-known mini-interview of Clark was that with Madonna, who, when asked what they wanted to do in 20 years answered "To rule the world!".
  • B.B. King and Jerry Lee Lewis were the only artist to ever really sang in the show and let know not being able to miming.
  • In 1980 also refused John Lydon of Public Image Limited to miming and he moved his lips, not the musicians went on for a while. When she for the second time with the song "Careering" in the entertainment industry, the band released the instruments Bandstand to the public, that flowed massively on stage.
  • Tony Orlando in 1961 his hit "Bless You" with his fly open in front of the whole nation.
  • The first rap/hiphopoptreden in tv history was that of the Sugarhill Gang in 1981 with "rapper's Delight".
  • In 2001 made International Game Technology a slots machine based on the popular show.
  • in 2004 announced plans to have American Bandstand Dick Clark in 2005 to bring on the tube in a new form, as a kind of American Idol, under the name of "So You Think You Can Dance."
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