Newspaper article The Florida Times Union


Newspaper article The Florida Times Union


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Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport



American Bandstand made its national television debut on Aug. 5, 1957. The network was ABC, and the host was Dick Clark, who would go on to become the world's oldest teenager. Remember the format of the show? Real kids (not actors) danced. Clark introduced songs, interviewed musicians and listed the Top 10 songs of the week. For more than 30 years, Clark kept things hoppin' with artists ranging from Patti Page to Prince.

To commemorate the network premiere, play our Look Back at Bandstand game.

1. The show began in 1952 as a local program on Channel 6 in Philadelphia. Who was the host?

A. Jim Marshall

B. Merv Griffin

C. Bob Horn

D. Jack Paar

2. Which of these musicians never appeared on Bandstand?

A. Mama Cass Elliott

B. Elvis Presley

C. Stevie Wonder

D. Van Morrison

3. Which of these artists did not lip sync (or "mime," as it was called then) his or her performance on the show?

A. Chubby Checker

B. B.B. King

C. Madonna

D. Buddy Holly

4. Dick Clark is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

A. True

B. False

5. Bandstand was filmed in Philadelphia until Feb. 8, 1964. To which city did the show move after that?

A. Memphis

B. San Diego

C. Chicago

D. Los Angeles

Answers on Page E-3



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