Dick Clark’s American Bandstand was one of the greatest hits of the 50’s and all the way through the 80’s. Bandstand was first filmed in the cramped quarters of the WFIL Studios at 46th and Market Streets in Philadelphia and first aired as a local program on October 7, 1952. When it first aired, Bob Horn was the host and it was then called Bob Horn’s Bandstand. It wasn’t until and new, young, 26 year old man by the name of Dick Clark took the helm and was the host of Bandstand that is gained the name Dick Clark’s Bandstand, Clark first took the stage on July 9, 1956. With more and more people gaining a fan base ABC picked the show up. They then renamed American Bandstand, airing its first national show on August 5, 1957.
Bandstand started to become and fan favorite and gain popularity. Bandstand had to relocate from Philadelphia to the city of Los Angeles on February 8, 1964 and was produced by Anthony “Tony” Mammarella and Dick Clark.
Dancing was a major feature of Bandstand. Bandstand popularized many dances in its day such as The Slop, The Hand Jive, and the Bop. It even invented a few such as the Stroll, the Circle, and the Chalypso. From 1963 to 1987 Bandstand aired every Saturday on ABC. After Dick Clark left the job in David Hirsh became the host of Bandstand on the USA Network. Hirsh remained the host until American Bandstand aired its last show on October 7, 1989. Bandstand was such a part of Americana that Dick Clark's podium now rests in the Smithsonian Institute.
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