Friday, July 9, 2010


Bandstand began as a local program in Philadelphia on October 7, 1952. Then it was hosted by Bob Horn and was called Bob Horn's Bandstand. On July 9, 1956 the show got a new host, a clean-cut 26 year old named Dick Clark. When ABC picked the show up, it was renamed American Bandstand, airing it's first national show on August 5, 1957. The show was moved to Los Angeles in 1964. From 1963 to 1987 Bandstand was on only once a week, on Saturday. Briefly it was part of the USA Network with new host David Hirsh but went off the air in 1989.

1st song played on the national edition was Jerry Lee Lewis' "Whole Lotta Shaking Goin' On."

1st Guests: Billy Williams, Chordettes

B.B. King is the only performer NOT to lip-synch on American Bandstand

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