American Bandstand

Dick Clark talks to Myrna Horowitz, one of the original dancers when the program began in 1952, on the show's 18th anniversary in 1970.

On August 5, 1957, America television broadcast a unique program by media personality, Dick Clark, as he introduced citizens to teenagers dancing to the tune of popular hits.

American Bandstand was born.

Originally titled Bandstand, the program was a predecessor of modern music video sources such as YouTube and MTV. Clark was considered the first Video-DJ, spinning records of multiple genres including rock and hip-hop. The music was soon to catch on with a large television audience and garnered the interest of popular stars.

Paul Anka was the first singer to make his official national debut on the television show, with the song, “Diana”.

The unique style of the show offered a platform for upcoming talents in the 60s, such as Stevie Wonder, and Aretha Franklin, who won the attention of the nation. In the 70s, the show made more headlines, by conducting the first interview ever with the king of pop, Michael Jackson.

Through the 80s, American Bandstand fed the crowd with a dance craze unlike any other before its time, with Clark suggesting moves for the catchy YMCA hit.

The original studio of American Bandstand in 4548 Market Street Philadelphia was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1986, symbolizing a melting pot of modern American musical genre to forever be remembered Dick.

Dick Clark was born in 1929 as Richard Wagstaff Clark in Mt. Vernon, NY. Dick Clark died of a fatal heart attack during surgery in 2012 at age 82.

Dick Clark interviews The Beatles, 1967

Rock & Roll dance on American Bandstand, 1957

ABBA on American Bandstand – 1975

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