In the mid1950s, there werent a lot of places you could watch this new thing called rock n roll on national television, explains the author. American band stand article about american band stand by. American bandstand had a 37 year run giving many preformers their national debut and launching their stardom. When cute young teenagers arlene sullivan and kenny rossi slow danced together on american bandstand back in the late 50s and. Dick clark born richard augustus wagstaff clark, jr november 30, 1929 april 18, 2012 was an american radio personality and television personality, as well as a cultural icon who remains best known for hosting american televisions longestrunning variety show, american bandstand, this man was an icon and did more for music than if he had recorded things himself. Still, through 1963 american bandstand was the place where aspiring artists came to launch or enhance their music careers. The first time ronnie bennett lead vocalist and future wife of phil spector heard be my baby after recording it was while she was on tour and watching american bandstand on a hotel tv. The 1963 season, in any case, was the last year that american bandstand would be broadcast from philadelphia. Dick clarks american bandstand is the evocative souvenir of the shows history and one of the first opportunities clark has had to reminisce about the people who produced, watched, and appeared on american bandstand. Ive been wanting to leave behind for my future generation of what it was like for bramma when she was a child growing up in the 50s. Despite rep for integration, tvs iconic american bandstand. American bandstand diaries the philly years where it all began philadelphia 1956 1963 on american bandstand from 19551958, frank spagnuola won the chalypso contest with dottie horner in 1957, the first year the show went national. She details the steps, rhythms, and other choreographic characteristics of each dance from the era, such as the jitterbug, the bop, and the twist, and also what they represented in terms of youth culture, changing racial relationships, and the influence of television on society, including american bandstand. In addition to these musicians, the local philadelphia teenagers who danced on the show.
American bandstand is often touted as diverse tv, but a new book says the opposite. Like other young people across the country, black teenagers identified with different aspects of american bandstand. American bandstand,one of the most popular television shows ever. A show where welldressed teens gently bop around to the big hits while maintaining an appropriate distance apart hardly seems like it would be a hot bed of sexual experimentation, but american bandstand apparently featured a crew of philadelphia kids who had more than dancing in common. By august 1957, now called american bandstand, abc began. The big teenybopper magazines of the era sixteen and teen plastered bandstand dancers on. American bandstand stars kenny rossi and arlene sullivan. List of acts who appeared on the television show american bandstand 09. Learn more about bandstands raciallycharged history. Featured artists typically performed their current hits by lip syncing to the released. I was very happy with the book rock, roll, and remember by dick clark.
I bought this book because im part of the baby boomer generation. In 1997, he cowrote dick clarks american bandstand, and met arlene sullivan on her interview for the book. Summer became the only music artist in bandstands history to cohost the program. American bandstand doing the south street and more. This has many qualities that made this book as good as it was. Bandstand would have many years remaining as a tv dance show, extending into the 1980s. American bandstand hidden secret revealed in gay dancer. Classic tv shows dick clarks american bandstand fiftiesweb.
American bandstand diaries the philly years where it all. Arlene sullivan, a south philadelphia native, was one of the most celebrated regulars on american bandstand from 1956 to 1960. Without having a previous historical background on bandstand or dick clark. About us american bandstand diaries the philly years where. Roll, and remember 1976, clarks two coauthored histories of the show, the history of american bandstand 1985 and dick clarks american bandstand.
Dick clarks american bandstand didnt originally allow. The show turned such dancers as bunny gibson, justine carrelli, and bob clayton into celebrities. Here, clarks memories of american bandstand are nested in an overview of important events in u. Filed under books, dick clark, history, homophobia, lgbtq, tv shows. Ventnor woman, american bandstand star to sign new book. Its the american bandstand book youve waited over 50 years to read. I am not that big of a fan of autobiographies but i found that this was much better then most of the autobiographies that i have read earlier. This is the official facebook of american bandstand. Her friendships with many stars include bobby rydell, frankie avalon, fabian, dion, and charlie gracie. They both appear in carolyn traviss documentary wildwood days.
Frees is the noted authority and historian of the period and on the philadelphia american bandstand era with a fiftyyear history of his fan club, friendships, affiliations and memorabilia. American bandstand, rock n roll, and the struggle for civil rights in 1950s philadelphia, where, contrary to dick clarks claims, he reveals how the iconic television show discriminated against black youth during its early years. American bandstand article about american bandstand by. Then it was hosted by bob horn and was called bob horns bandstand. American bandstand and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle. Featuring guest artists who lipsynced to their latest tunes, and a teenage audience whose members danced for the cameras, the show launched a conga line of dance crazes, fashion. Sullivan said kids who watched the show wanted to be like her and the other. Even if you cannot dance to it, the main characters musicor should i say, attempts at playing musicgives this book an american band stand high score.
Americas most popular teens from the late 1950s and early 1960s, the american bandstand regulars, return to the spotlight once more in the nostalgiafilled coffeetable book bandstand diaries. Its got a great beat and you can dance to it dick clark on. Bandstand, tvs first rock music show, has presented 10,000 performances. American bandstand is an american musicperformance and dance television program that aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989, and was hosted from 1956 until its final season by dick clark, who also served as the programs producer. When cute young teenagers arlene sullivan and kenny rossi slow danced together on american bandstand back in the late 50s and early 60s, kids across the country swooned.
How then do we understand dick clarks claim that he integrated american bandstand by the late 1950s. May 14, 2018 dick clarks best of american bandstand. Dick clarks american bandstand chronicles the history of the afternoon program, from the moment the cameras were first turned on in 1957 to the climax in the early 1980s, nearly three decades later. Mar 01, 2012 american bandstand is often touted as diverse tv, but a new book says the opposite. American bandstand 1964 songs of 63 be my baby, the.
Among some of the more notable performers appearing in 1963 with one or more hit songs were. Aug 01, 2019 the show that evolved into american bandstand began on philadephias wfiltv in 1952, a few years before the popular ascension of rock and roll. Clark noted during the special that american bandstand was listed in the guinness book of records as the longestrunning variety show in tv history. During 1963, there were more than 200 guest appearances on american bandstand, with a number of artists making their national television debuts. Well, a newly published book challenges this history of american bandstand and reveals new details about how the show discriminated against black youth during its early years and how black teens.
Well, a newly published book challenges this history of american bandstand and reveals new details about how the show discriminated against black. Bandstand diaries the philadelphia years by sharon sultan cutler, arlene sullivan and ray smith. Featured artists typically performed their current hits by lipsyncing to the released. I never knew til i read it that there had been another host besides dick. As host to the first network television series devoted to rock and roll and the longest running musical show in television history, american bandstand, dick clark made rock music palatable to the mainstream american public and helped promote the careers of many rock and roll artists of the 50s, both the talents and no talents. Mar 04, 2020 note to kinfolk, this playlist is for eskimo. Joan cannady, who was the first black student to attend germantown friends high school in the northeast section of philadelphia, remembers watching the program to hear black music that was not played at parties with her white classmates. Yesterday, we published the first part of an interview with matt delmont, author of the nicest kids in town. These teenagers became the nations first realitytv starsthey received thousands of fan letters and were mobbed everywhere they went. Jun 11, 2018 frees is the noted authority and historian of the period and on the philadelphia american bandstand era with a fiftyyear history of his fan club, friendships, affiliations and memorabilia. Bandstand diaries is the book youll enjoy reading again and again. All the artists that got on bandstand would have a hit record.
American bandstand hidden secret revealed in gay dancers. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. May, 20 documenting the dance continues from the philadelphia years of american bandstand. She then traces rock n roll dancing in the 50s nostalgia movement from. American bandstand is an american musicperformance and dance television program that. The philadelphia years, 19561963 shares the fascinating story of how dick clarks american bandstand and its millions of viewers catapulted its teenage dancers called the regulars to fame. Ray was also a contributor to several books on rock n roll.
Jacksons fascinating book shows how clark worked the biz side of pop music to become a multimillionaire and how his show fit. List of acts who appeared on the television show american bandstand. After 37 years of dancing american bandstand came to an end in 1989. A big thanks to massi bertozzi, our resident videographer, for his creative. American bandstand became a powerful symbol of american teenage culture with its nearly fourdecade look at the everchanging tastes of the countrys youth. Dick clarks american bandstand by dick clark, paperback. Dick clarks american bandstand didnt originally allow black. Originally, arlene went to the daily show to gain her mothers attention and approval. In his 1997 history of american bandstand, for example, clark. List of acts who appeared on american bandstand wikipedia.
Fans would frequently spot her on television as she knew precisely where the cameras were. Aug 08, 2017 8 surprising facts about the legendary dance show american bandstand. This article needs additional citations for verification. Over the 55 years since she appeared on american bandstand, arlene has been featured in many books, as well as television, radio, and internet interviews. Delmont reminds us of two important things about the u. On july 9 of 1956 the show got a new host, a cleancut 26 year old named dick clark. American bandstand originated in philadelphia in the early 1950s as a local dance program, then catapulted to national prominence in august, 1957. Discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that. Clark brought africanamerican performers to national television in an era when such performances were rare. Jan 23, 2012 i absolutely recommend this book to all americans. Dick clarks american bandstand is not just a look back at the popular music show of the premtv generation but at the history of american music and popular culture during the span from 19521989 when american bandstand aired.
American bandstand tv series 19521989 cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Teen idol bobby rydell, whose music career is still going strong 60 years after american bandstand, wrote the book s introduction. New book on american bandstand focuses on its philadelphia roots. Hank ballard, who wrote the twist, described clarks popularity during the early years of american bandstand. Here is the first book to tell the full story of what happened in front ofand behindthe cameras on dick clarks american bandstand, providing both a history of this landmark show and of the changing styles of rock n roll over four decades. The show was designed for that from the beginning, meaning that its purpose was not i absolutely recommend this book to all americans. A show where welldressed teens gently bop around to the big hits while maintaining an appropriate distance apart hardly seems like it would be a hot bed of sexual experimentation, but american bandstand apparently featured a crew of philadelphia kids who had more than dancing in. In the late 1950s, when television and rock and roll were new and when the biggest generation in american history was just about to enter its teens, it took a bit of originality to see the potential power in this nowobvious combination. The introductory essay in dick clarks american bandstand 1997 is illustrative in this regard.
Dick clarks memory of integrating american bandstand. Based on extensive interviews with music business figures, recording stars, and clark himself, and. Frees contributed information to the history of american bandstand and dick clarks american bandstand two books in which david pop frosty frees is acknowledged for his pictorial american bandstand memorabilia collection contribution, and to dance party usa channel 17 homecoming bandstand specials. Jacksons fascinating book shows how clark worked the biz side of pop music to become a multimillionaire and how his show fit into 1950s. Behind the fame and success of americas favorite and first music tv show american bandstand was a dark secret kept hidden by show producer, dick clark. Dick clark and the making of a rock n roll empire there shouldve been a sequel to this book while dick was still alive, for the song list ends on april 20th,1985, and ab didnt end til october 7, 1989. American bandstand kept secret that teen stars were gay. About us american bandstand diaries the philly years. Here are some iconic moments from the shows history, which lasted until 1989. Behind the fame and success of americas favorite and first music tv show american bandstand was a dark secret kept. On the november 22, 1957 show, for example, two young singers using the name. Dick stepped down and handed the show over to 26 year old david hirsch ab vanished from tv but the impact of american bandstand will live on forever. His first chronicle of the shows history, the 1973 dick clark 20 years of rock n roll yearbook, makes no mention of integration.255 328 1540 835 1488 1519 1436 637 1004 1248 352 1175 221 1525 534 454 848 207 704 554 716 963 454 1145 512 1284 1214 1480