Dick Clark – 1957: Bandstand goes national !

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We’re goin’ hoppin!’… on August 5, 1957, the TV show AMERICAN BANDSTAND, with host Dick Clark, went into national syndication, emanating from WFIL in Philadelphia PA. Following the earlier departure of Bob Horn in 1956, Clark had embraced the show, and made rock and roll music more palatable to the masses. Even though many top musical acts were featured, every day teenagers came home from school, and saw kids like themselves, who were dancing the latest steps, showing off the latest in fashion, and could identify with them. Among those regular dancers on the show, in those early days, were ARLENE SULLIVAN with her partner KENNY ROSSI. In an interview I conducted with Arlene, she stated  “… I was a shy kid, really surprised  that people liked me for some reason, and it took me out of my shell.” The show, and Dick Clark eventually moved to California in 1964, losing some of it’s ‘charm,’ but it lasted until it’s final episode hosted by David Hirsch in October 1989.

In 2017, American Bandstand celebrated it’s 60thanniversary, and I had the honor to write a cover story, for 50 PLUS LIFE magazine. Enjoy the read, including quotes from Danny & The Juniors -Joe Terry,

AB Fan Club President – David Frees, and others

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