The Boys of Bandstand

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In the early days of Rock and Roll there were few people who had a greater influence on the music of the day than Dick Clark. 

As host of American Bandstand broadcast nationwide every afternoon starting in 1957 Clark, a 1993 inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, had the ability to make a musician. The show was viewed by five million record buying teens so one solid appearance could turn a song into an overnight hit.

Dick Clark from an early American Bandstand Show

Dick Clark from an early American Bandstand Show

The show originated from a studio on Market Street in West Philadelphia. The location bode well for young South Philadelphia talent like Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, Chubby Checker, Fabian. 

Bobby Rydell, John Kosich, Frankie Avalon; Trump Castle May, 1993

When I worked in Atlantic City in the early 90’s Bobby Rydell had a place “downtheshore” and our paths would cross once in a while.  Below are two clips, the first in 1993 when I sat down with him and Frankie Avalon for a piece on their Bandstand days as well as their days playing another staple for young entertainers, the Steel Pier in Atlantic City.

The second is a promo Bobby did for our 11 p.m. newscast at WMGM-TV.

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One Response to “The Boys of Bandstand”

  1. Linda Hoffman Says:

    Really enjoyed this blog!!!

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