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|Host: Dick Clark||The first network show dedicated
exclusively to rock and roll, American Bandstand started as a local show
in Philadelphia in 1952 under the name Bandstand.
In 1956, local DJ Dick Clark took over as host. The following year, the show was picked up by 67 ABC affiliates, some for the full 90 minutes and others for just 60 or 30 minutes. The show was broadcast weekday afternoons and was given a primetime slot for 13 weeks in the fall of 1957.
Aside from the kids dancing, Clark would introduce guests who lip-synched to their own songs and would play “Rate a Record” with a few teens chosen from the audience, giving the kids an opportunity to pass judgment on the latest single. Other features on the show included a weekly top ten and a yearly dance contest.
Frequent guest artists included Frankie Avalon, Chubby Checker, and Fabian. Oddly, neither Elvis Presley nor The Beatles appeared on the show.
The show was moved to Saturday afternoons in 1963. The following spring, the show move to Los Angeles, where Clark established Dick Clark Productions to promote concerts and develop the TV shows Where the Action Is and It’s Happening (later titled Happening '68).
Clark and ABC parted ways in 1987 when the network wanted the show cut to 30 minutes. Wanting to keep the 60-minute format, Clark took American Bandstand to syndication for a year and a half, then moved the show to the USA network, where he handed over the hosting reins to 26-year-old David Hirsch.
The show lasted for another 26 weeks, drawing to a close one of the most successful and best loved programs ever to light up the small screen.
Known To Be In Existence
(listed in alphabetical order):
23RD ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL 1975
33 1/3 SPECIAL
30TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
NUMBER ONE HITS
G.S. ? & THE MYSTERIANS/MARK LINDSAY/FREDDY WELLER 1967
G.S. BEACH BOYS (BEATLE DAY ON BANDSTAND) 1964
G.S. BOBBY BARE 1969
G.S. CCR 1969
G.S. COLLAGE 1968
G.S. ELECTRIC PRUNES & NEIL DIAMOND 1967
G.S. FREDDY CANNON 1967
G.S. GEORGIA GIBBS 1957
G.S. GRASS ROOTS 1969
G.S. IRON BUTTERFLY 1968
G.S. JEFFERSON AIRPLANE 1967 (OTIS REDDING ON HOTLINE)
G.S. JERRY LEE LEWIS/SPATS/BOBBY VINTON 1964
G.S. LOVE & STEVE ALAIMO 1966
G.S. MAMA CASS ELLIOTT 1969
G.S. MEL CARTER & ROY HEAD 1966
G.S. NEIL SEDAKA & FREDDY CANNON 1964
G.S. NINO TEMPO & APRIL STEVENS 1966
G.S. RAY PETERSON & SUPERBS 1964
G.S. ROSE GARDEN & WHO 1967
G.S. STEVIE WONDER 1969
G.S. STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK & STEVE ALAIMO 1967
G.S. VAN MORRISON 1967
G.S. YOUNGBLOODS 1967
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