Op hierdie dag in die geskiedenis, Augustus 5, 1957, 'American Bandstand' makes national debut

“Amerikaanse Bandstand” was 'n plaaslike treffer genoem “Bandstand” sedertdien in Philadelphia 1952, en sedertdien gefronteer 1956 by an ambitious young host named Dick Clark.

He famously got his chance to take over the program when its original host, Bob Horn, was fired after an arrest for drunk driving.

Clark then lobbied for a wider audience. His wish was granted on August 5, wanneer “Amerikaanse Bandstand” was broadcast on 67 ABC-affiliate stations across the country.

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Fans loved the show and Clark’s affable on-air personality, while he quickly proved to have fantastic eyes and ears for trends and talent.

The biggest acts of the rock ‘n’ roll era, across multiple genres, all appeared on the program: Michael Jackson, Madonna, The Beach Boys, om 'n paar te noem.

Singer and musician Bobby Rydell sits next to host Dick Clark in the audience of "Amerikaanse Bandstand" rondom 1958. Rydell sang popular songs such as "Volare" and appeared in the hit film "Bye Bye Birdie."

Singer and musician Bobby Rydell sits next to host Dick Clark in the audience of “Amerikaanse Bandstand” rondom 1958. Rydell sang popular songs such asVolareand appeared in the hit filmBye Bye Birdie.(Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Clark, the future entertainment titan, “transformed himself and a local Philadelphia television program into two of the most culturally significant forces of the early rock-and-roll era,” notes History.com.

Billy Williams performedI’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself A Letter,” while The Chordettes sangJust Between You and Meon the national debut episode, according to IMDB.

Two-thirds of Rock Hall of Fame acts made their debut on “Amerikaanse Bandstand,” according to Rolling Stone.

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