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American Bandstand10/7/1957 - 9/5/1987 ABC 60 minutes
4/8/1989 - 10/7/1989 Syndicated
Black & White/Color (9/9/1967)
Dick Clark's first day as host: 7/9/1956
Goes from a daily to a weekly Saturday show in Philadelphia: 9/7/1963
Broadcast from Los Angeles: Begins 2/8/1964
Produced by Anthony "Tony" Mammarella and Dick Clark
(Bob Horn's) Bandstand10/7/1952 - 7/1957 local program
American Bandstand CastDick Clark - Host
Bob Horn - Host (Bob' Horn's Bandstand)
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American Bandstand Theme Song"Bandstand Boogie"
Music by Charles Albertine
Words by Barry Manilow and Bruse Sussman
"We're goin' hoppin' (Hop!)
We're goin' hopin' today
Where things are poppin'(Pop!)
The Philadelphia way We're goin' drop in (Drop!)
On all the music they play On the Bandstand.! "
American Bandstand TidbitsWeekday afternoons were spent with the kids in Philly, the kids on American Bandstand. I knew all their names. I knew when couples broke up. I imitated all the dance steps, sometimes with the refrigerator door as a partner. My mother thought I was nuts.
To many of you, it was about the music and the artists. Forget that. I was a preteen, which is to say, I was a teenage wannabe. And, for me, the kids on Bandstand were all I aspired to be.
Dancing was a major feature of Bandstand. The kids who showed up every day (Bandstand aired every weekday afternoon for the first six years) knew all the most popular steps. The Slop. The Hand Jive. The Bop. They even invented a few - the Stroll, the Circle and the Chalypso.
These experienced Regulars considered an infrequent participant or a first time visitor "an amateur." I wonder what they would have thought about a kid in TV Land, practicing the new steps in front of her bedroom mirror and praying to God her little brother didn't catch her at it.
Filmed in the cramped quarters of the WFIL Studios at 46th and Market Streets in Philly, Bandstand is such a part of Americana that Dick Clark's podium now resides in the Smithsonian.
(7/21/2011) I just received this from Bunny Gibson and certainly thought it was appropriate to mention here:
Anna Russo, formerly Anna Banani, went to American Bandstand 1963 until AB left Philly for Los Angeles, lost both of her legs to diabetes and is in need. I'm sure she'll be thrilled to hear well wishes and from Bandstand friends and fans and donations would help her a lot. Anna Russo, 2800 North 7th Street, Apt. A Philadelphia, PA 19133
Thank you, Webmaster
Dick Clark's American Bandstand - book
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American Bandstand Trivia
Bunny Gibson and Don Travarelli
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Bunny Gibson discusses the 50th celebration of American Bandstand'
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