On this show, Dick Clark hosts a daily to weekly dance show that features the latest hit music for the attending teens to dance to. In addition, the show has performances by popular musicians and audience members rate songs.
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With 37 continuous years on the air, this was the longest-running weekly popular music showcase TV program in the world. The BBC's Top of the Pops (1964) broke that record in 2001, when it entered its 38th year on air. See more »
Nostalgic? Absolutely! Remember the audience's common response "I Like the beat"
My family, friends and co-workers all remember Saturday's weekly TV series American Bandstand back in the 1960's and 1970's when it was THE ONLY music related theme show that could compete each week with the popularity of the following evenings Sunday night TV's Ed Sullivan show. Dick Clark as host was that perennial television star who seemed to have found the fountain of youth and just never seemed to age.
Each week the music that played and was danced to were the most popular songs of that day and when Dick Clark would ask some of the studio fans who were grooving and dancing to the music playing they would invariably respond with something like the following, "Well, I just like the beat. It's a beat we can dance to really easy. I just like the beat".
Yes for the most part the TV audience dancing to the songs playing represented a white mid-west America audience, but I believe it fair to say that American Bandstand would bring in the live talent from all across the country. The TV series sound stage was produced and filmed from the home of soul music in Philadelphia and yes from the great soul singer James Brown and Chubby Checkers, to crooners like Bobby Darin and Neil Sedaka, country singers like Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton, pop singers like the Carpenters and the Supremes, and rock and roll like Chuck Berry, the Animals and Creedence Clearwater Revival. American Bandstand never disappointed their television audience that tuned in each week to hear the beat, and maybe just a bit tongue in cheek laugh and criticize the shows dancers hokey dance moves, or their wide bell bottom pants and long hair or huge afros. Not only was American Bandstand the epicenter of the hip music, it was also a platform for teenage dress and fashion statements.
Who can not say that after more than 30 consecutive seasons on the air that if you were born prior to the 1980's that you didn't watch American Bandstand, didn't enjoy the music and the music guests that appeared each week? If you were not a fan of American Bandstand than you probably still tuned in and watched the TV show on Saturday as its critic so that you could make fun of the hokey dance moves that were displayed, the abstract fashion statements and hairdos (such as the women's beehive hairstyles and the men's two foot high afros).
Dick Clark's soothing voice and his ease with which he interacted with his musical guests made him the perfect host, and allowed us the audience to spend a Saturday for an hour or so enjoying great music guests, classic music and dance moves and ohhhh the fashion statements when we reminisce. Who can forget American Bandstand that lasted for 32 wonderful seasons. We miss you Dick Clark. God bless.
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