Barry Manilow and Cher will take part in the big celebration next month, honoring American Bandstand and its iconic host, Dick Clark.
The Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS will include a tribute to a show that was part of many of our lives in the late 50’s, the 60’s, 70’s and most of the 80’s.
Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” ran on ABC starting on August 5th 1957.
It began as a local program on WFIL-TV Channel 6 in Philadelphia in October of 1952, hosted by a fella named Bob Horn. It was called Bob Horn’s Bandstand.
In July of 1956, the show got a new host; a clean cut kid of 26 by the name of Dick Clark.
When ABC picked up the show, the name was changed to American Bandstand.
In 1964, Bandstand was moved to Los Angeles.
Until 1963, it aired every weekday afternoon and was as much of a “must watch” for teenagers as MTV was for later generations.
From 1963 to 1987, Bandstand aired once a week on Saturdays.
The prime-time tribute next month, which will be broadcast from Las Vegas, will also feature Marie Osmond, the Spinners, Ann-Margret, Simon Cowell, Jay Leno and Garth Brooks.
American Bandstand, just like Simon’s “American Idol,” served as a launching pad for some of music’s biggest stars of the day.
Make sure to catch The Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS Sunday, June 27th at 9pm!
Congratulations, DICK CLARK and “American Bandstand!”