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Encyclopedia > American Bandstand
American Bandstand
Genre Music
Starring Dick Clark (1957-1989)
David Hirsch (1989)
Country of origin Flag of United States United States
No. of episodes 883 (surviving)
Production
Running time 90 Minutes / 60 Minutes (originally two hours and fifteen minutes on WFIL-TV/Philadelphia only)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC (1957-1987)
Syndication (1987-1989)
USA Network (1989)
Original run August 5, 1957October 7, 1989
Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand
Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand

American Bandstand was a long-running dance music television show that aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989. It is known not only for the emerging performers that it promoted (from Jerry Lee Lewis to Run DMC) but the many dance styles it featured through the decades. For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... For other persons named Dick Clark, see Dick Clark (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The American Broadcasting Company ( oftenly known as ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... USA Network is a popular American cable TV network with about 89 million household subscribers as of 2005. ... August 5 is the 217th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (218th in leap years), with 148 days remaining. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... October 7 is the 280th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (281st in leap years). ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links American_Bandstand2. ... Image File history File links American_Bandstand2. ... Image File history File links American_Bandstand. ... Image File history File links American_Bandstand. ... Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935), also known by the nickname The Killer, is an American rock and roll and country music singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... Run-DMC is a hip hop crew founded by Jason Jam Master Jay Mizell that included Joseph Run Simmons and Darryl DMC McDaniels. ...

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Show Description

It premiered locally as a live show, Bandstand, on Philadelphia television station WFIL-TV (Channel 6, now WPVI-TV) on October 7, 1952 in "Studio 'B'", which was located in their just-completed addition to the original 1947 building (4548 Market Street), and was hosted by Bob Horn, with Lee Stewart as co-host until 1955. Tony Mammarella was the original producer with Ed Yates as director. Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... A television station is a type of broadcast station that broadcasts both audio and video to television receivers in a particular area. ... WFIL is the name of a radio station, and also the former name of a television station, serving the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... WPVI-TV, channel 6, is an owned-and-operated station of the Walt Disney Company-owned American Broadcasting Company, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... October 7 is the 280th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (281st in leap years). ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Edward J. Yates was an American television director who was the director of the ABC television program American Bandstand from 1952 until 1969. ...


The measurements of "Studio 'B'" were 80'x42'x24'. It looked smaller than that due to the number of props, television cameras, and bleachers that were used for the show.The show was briefly shot in color in 1958 when WFIL-TV started experimenting with the then-new technology. The size of the studio made it possible to only have one camera (RCA TK-41) where three black & white models were used before (RCA TK-10). WFIL-TV went back to black & white two weeks later when ABC-TV refused to carry the color signal and management realized that the show lost something without the extra cameras. Theatrical properties, or props, are items used in stage plays and similar entertainments to further the action. ... A professional video camera (often called a television camera even though the use has spread) is a high-end device for recording electronic moving images (as opposed to a movie camera, that records the images on film). ... Bleachers is a term used to describe the raised, tiered stands found by sports fields or at other spectator events. ... See also: 1957 in television, other events of 1958, 1959 in television and the list of years in television. // Events July 1 - The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation links television broadcasting across Canada. ... WFIL is the name of a radio station, and also the former name of a television station, serving the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The RCA TK-40 is considered to be the first color television camera, initially used for special broadcasts in late 1953, and with the follow-on TK-40A actually becoming the first to be produced in quantity in March 1954. ... Look up Management in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


The series originally featured Horn merely hosting two collections of filmed musical performances from both Snader and Official films (forerunners of modern music videos), but this was soon changed to the familiar format of having kids dance to hit records, an idea that came from a Philadelphia radio show, The 950 Club.


On July 9, 1956, Horn was fired for a drunk driving arrest. He was replaced temporarily by producer Tony Mammarella before the job went permanently to Dick Clark. After some badgering of the network by Clark, The show was picked up nationally by ABC (becoming American Bandstand) on August 5, 1957. The program was broadcast daily (first live, then on kinescope when Clark went on tour with the singers) until 1963 and then aired weekly until 1989. The show's popularity helped Clark become an American media mogul and inspired other similar long-running music programs, such as Soul Train and Top of the Pops. July 9 is the 190th day of the year (191st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 175 days remaining. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dick Clark redirects here. ... The American Broadcasting Company ( oftenly known as ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... August 5 is the 217th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (218th in leap years), with 148 days remaining. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Kinescope (IPA: [], []) originally referred to the cathode ray tube used in television monitors. ... See also: 1962 in television, other events of 1963, 1964 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1963-64 American network television schedule. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1989. ... Soul Train is a long-running American music-related syndicated television program. ... Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ...


Format

The show featured teenagers dancing to Top 40-type music introduced by Clark; at least one popular musical act would usually appear in-person to lip-sync one of their latest singles. Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... Lip-sync or Lip-synch (short for lip synchronization) is a technical term for matching lip movements with voice. ...


Clark would often interview the teenagers about their opinions of the songs being played, most memorably through the "Rate-a-Record" segment (to which the phrase "It's got a good beat and you can dance to it" is credited, perhaps apocryphally). In 1957, Patti Page was crowned American Bandstand's favorite female vocalist in its first nationwide audience poll. The year 1957 in television involved some significant events. ... Patti Page (born Clara Ann Fowler on November 8, 1927 in Claremore, Oklahoma) is one of the best-known female singers in traditional pop music. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Theme Music

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Bandstand originally used "High Society" by Artie Shaw as its theme song, but by the time the show went national, it had been replaced by various arrangements of "Bandstand Boogie" composed by Charles Albertine, including the big-band version performed by Les Elgart remembered by viewers of the daily version. From 1969 to 1974 "Bandstand Theme", a synth instrumental version written by Mike Curb opened each show. Moreover, from 1974 to 1977 an orchestral disco version of "Bandstand Boogie" arose playing during the opening and closing credits. Joe Porter was the music arranger and peformer of this orchestral disco version of American Bandstand's theme song at this time. Image File history File links American_bandstand. ... Software development stages In computer programming, development stage terminology expresses how the development of a piece of software has progressed and how much further development it may require. ... Artie Shaw (May 23, 1910, New York, New York – December 30, 2004, Thousand Oaks, California) was an accomplished American jazz clarinetist, composer, bandleader and author of both fiction and non-fiction. ... Michael Curb (born December 24, 1944 in Savannah, Georgia) is an American musician, record company executive, NASCAR owner and politician who served as Lieutenant Governor of California from 1979 until 1983. ...


From 1977 to the end of its ABC run in 1987, the show opened and closed with Barry Manilow's rendition of the theme, which he originally recorded for his 1975 album Tryin' to Get the Feeling. The song's new lyrics, which heavily referenced the series, were co-written by Manilow and Bruce Howard Sussman. Barry Manilow (born Barry Alan Pincus, June 17, 1943[1] in Brooklyn, New York) is an American singer and songwriter best known for his recordings I Write the Songs, Mandy and Copacabana. His career achievements include selling more than 75 million records worldwide. ...


The Manilow version was replaced by an updated instrumental arrangement of "Bandstand Boogie" when Bandstand went into syndication.


From 1974 onward, Bandstand featured another instrumental at its mid-show break -- Billy Preston's synth hit "Space Race". William Everett Preston (September 2, 1946 – June 6, 2006) was an American soul musician from Houston, Texas, raised mostly in Los Angeles, California. ... Everybody Likes Some Kind Of Music is an album by Billy Preston released in 1973. ...


Changes

The show moved from its weekday slot to Saturday afternoons on September 7, 1963. September 7 is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Production of the show moved from Philadelphia to Los Angeles on February 8, 1964, which coincidently was the same weekend that WFIL-TV moved from their 46th and Market location to their new facility located on City Line Avenue. Color broadcasts began for good on September 9, 1967. Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State California County Los Angeles County Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... February 8 is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... September 9 is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ...


Bandstand moved from ABC to syndication on September 19, 1987, and to cable's USA Network on April 8, 1989 with a new younger host, comedian David Hirsch. Clark remained executive producer. The show ended on October 7, 1989. In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... September 19 is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... USA Network is a popular American cable TV network with about 89 million household subscribers as of 2005. ... April 8 is the 98th day of the year (99th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... October 7 is the 280th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (281st in leap years). ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 2004, Dick Clark announced plans to revive the show in time for 2005 but it did not happen. Clark's plan to revive American Bandstand eventually did come to fruition, just not in the way that was expected. The revived "Bandstand" was to feature a national dance contest, but after several tries to come up with a workable format, they decided to go just with the dance contest component which became So You Think You Can Dance. Dick Clark Productions is credited as the show's co-producer and longtime DC employee Allen Shapiro serves as co-executive producer. This is a list of television-related events in 2004. ... The year 2005 in television involved some significant events. ... So You Think You Can Dance is an American dance reality show and competition that is broadcast on the Fox Network, on Fox Japan, on CTV in Canada, on Living in United Kingdom and Ireland and on Network Ten in Australia. ... dick clark productions is an entertainment production company founded by entertainer Dick Clark. ...


American Dreams

Main article: American Dreams

The show was featured prominently in the 2002-2005 NBC-TV drama series American Dreams, which like Bandstand was executive produced by Dick Clark. In a 2005 episode of American Dreams, Eddie Kelly and Bunny Gibson -- one of the most famous couples to appear on American Bandstand in the Philadelphia years -- were the only two to make cameo appearances on the acclaimed TV series. Along with that, Eddie Kelly and Bunny Gibson were named a number of times in the script and Eddie Kelly referred to in the last episode. This article is about the 2002-2005 television series. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2002. ... The year 2005 in television involved some significant events. ... NBC (a former acronym for National Broadcasting Company) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... This article is about the 2002-2005 television series. ... Dick Clark redirects here. ... This article is about the 2002-2005 television series. ...


Trivia

  • Charlie O'Donnell, then a very young Philadelphia radio DJ, landed his very first network announcing assignment on Bandstand, a job he would hold until the late-1960s.
  • The old WFIL-TV building in Philadelphia is currently being used as a business incubator program, The Enterprise Center, and the original "American Bandstand" studio is now a large meeting room.
  • The weekly ABC version did not air in the Boston market. WNAC did not air it, neither did WCVB when ABC affiliation in the Boston market switched in 1972. Bandstand prime time specials did air,though.
  • It was customary on the show to have Clark perform a mini-interview with the guest band members. Clark says the most difficult interview he performed was with Prince, an unknown at the time of his appearance. Prince was unresponsive and would generally answer his questions with only a hand gesture or a single word. Clark in fact asked Prince how many instruments he played; Prince responded with, "A thousand."
  • Another famous mini-interview Clark is famous for is one with Madonna, who, when asked what she would like to do 20 years from now, answered coyly, "To rule the world!"
  • B.B. King and Jerry Lee Lewis were the only recording artists to actually sing on the program. They were uncomfortable with miming their performances and requested that they just perform the songs live on the set.
  • In 1980, singer John Lydon of Public Image Limited refused to mime on the show; the musicians continued the charade for a while as though they were actually performing "Poptones", but when the time came for their second song, "Careering," the band gave their instruments to the audience, who had swarmed the stage at Lydon's urging.
  • Eddie Kelly was the only individual Regular to be singled out for an individual lot (An image of him/paper doll/Lot 202 Page 48 of the catalog) in Dick Clark's Auction held in New York City on December 5th and 6th, 2006. The only other lot was a couple, Regulars, Bob Clayton and Justine Carrelli, of their signed recording, "Drive-In Movie" (Lot 17 Page 14).[1]

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References in popular culture

  • In 1988, the popular John Waters film Hairspray's The Corny Collins Show is a mix between this and Buddy Dean.
  • In 2001, IGT created and developed a slot machine based on the show's popularity.
  • In 2004 the band Low released the compilation album A Lifetime of Temporary Relief: 10 Years of B-Sides and Rarities, featuring the track "Peanut Butter Toast And American Bandstand" which mentions the show.
  • In 2005, rapper Bow Wow came out with the featured single Fresh Azimiz from the album Wanted. The song, produced by Jermaine Dupri mentioned the popularity of American Bandstand in the line, "I'm goin' down in history like American Bandstand."

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See also

This article is about the 2002-2005 television series. ... The Buddy Deane Show was a teen dance television show that aired on WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Maryland from 1957 until 1964, similar to Philadelphias American Bandstand. ... List of acts who appeared on the television show American Bandstand. ...

References

  1. ^ Dick Clark Auction December 5 & 6, 2006. The Dick Clark Auction Catalog A division of Barlan Enterprises LTD copyright Guernsey's 2006

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At that point, white, middle-class American youth culture moved away from the rock 'n' roll dance music that had become the staple of American Bandstand, opting instead for the drug-influenced psychedelia of the Vietnam War era.
While American Bandstand attempted to integrate many of these styles into its format throughout the 1970s, the show relied heavily on disco, the emerging alternative to psychedelic art rock.
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American Bandstand - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (646 words)
It premiered locally as Bandstand on Philadelphia television station WFIL on October 7, 1952 in "Studio 'B'", which was located in their just-completed addition to the original 1947 building (4548 Market Street), and was hosted by Bob Horn.
The show was picked up by ABC (becoming American Bandstand) on August 5, 1957 after some badgering from Clark to the network to put it on nationally, broadcasting daily (first live, then on kinescope when Clark went on tour with the singers) until 1963 and then airing weekly until 1989.
Standout performances on American Bandstand include a chaotic 1980 appearance by the (at that time) abrasive art-rock ensemble, Public Image Limited—a fact often suspected of being an urban legend, which is nonetheless confirmed by broadcast videotapes and by Dick Clark himself.
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