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American Bandstand 

Bandstand (original title)
TV-G | | Music | TV Series (1952–1989)
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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Dick Clark ...  Himself - Host 1,444 episodes, 1952-1989
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Storyline

On this show, Dick Clark a weekly dance that featured the latest hit music for attending to dance to. In addition, the show had performances by popular musicians and audience members rated songs. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

AB See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1986-1987) | (1961-1962) | (1963-1986 and 1987-1989) | (1957-1961) | (1962-1963)

Sound Mix:

Mono (1952-1983)| Stereo (1983-1989)

Color:

Black and White (1952-1967)| Color (1967-1989)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Featured in American Dreams: So Long, Farewell (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Bandstand Boogie (The Theme of 'American Bandstand')
Written and Performed by Charles Albertine, Les Elgart & Bob Horn from 1952 to 1977
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It was great in the 1960s, and it is still great today.
14 December 2004 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

Although "Bandstand" apparently got its start in 1952, I first became familiar with it during the late 1950s and early 1960s, when Dick Clark was hosting the show. I became a teenager in 1958, and although I lived in a small southern town, I felt as much a part of Bandstand as those kids in Philadelphia. My mother and father both worked, so I was usually alone during the afternoon, after school. I remember my usual routine -- cook some frozen fish sticks in the oven, and settle down to watch Bandstand.

Part of the format involved playing several new songs, and having a small panel of teens rate then, to predict which ones had the best chance of becoming a hit. Of course, those of us who were watching often went over to the record store the next chance we had, to buy a copy of the winners, so the predictions became self-fulfilling. The biggest thrill was actually seeing on TV, the singers that we only knew through listening to the records. Brenda Lee. Leslie Gore. Paul and Paula. Bobby Vinton. Names that most of the younger generations would never recognize. And now, some of that is being brought to us in the Dick Clark sponsored TV series, "American Dreams." Bandstand, an important TV program in my formative teen years.


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