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Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane Mortenson)
(June 1, 1926 – August 4, 1962

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Richard (Dick) Wagstaff Clark (November 30, 1929 – April 18, 2012)

Television, rock and roll and teenagers. 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 now-obvious combination. The man who saw that potential more clearly than any other was a 26-year-old native of upstate
New York named
Dick Clark, who transformed himself and a local Philadelphia television
program into two of the most culturally significant forces of the early rock-
and-roll era. His iconic show, American Bandstand, began broadcasting
nationally on this day in 1957, beaming images of clean-cut, average
teenagers dancing to the not-so-clean-cut Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Whole Lotta
Shakin’ Goin’ On” to 67 ABC affiliates across the nation.

The show that evolved into American Bandstand began on Philadephia’s
WFIL-TV in 1952, a few years before the popular ascension of rock and
roll. Hosted by local radio personality Bob Horn (below).

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Donald Loyd "Bob" Horn
(February 20, 1916 – July 31, 1966)


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If you look closely, you might see Len Lear dancing with a girl in a Catholic school dress on “American Bandstand” at 46th and Market Streets in 1957, when Lear did manage to make the most acerbic comments in the history of American Bandstand’s “Record Review” feature. Good training for a future editor.

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