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SHOW WENT NATIONAL ON THIS DAY IN 1957

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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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MEMBER OF MUSIC DUO HAS DIED AT 76

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Toni Tennille and Daryl Dragon. 

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Daryl Frank Dragon (August 27, 1942 – January 2, 2019)

(AP) – Daryl Dragon, the cap-wearing "Captain" of pop band The Captain
and Tennille, has died.

Dragon passed away on Wednesday of renal failure at a hospice in
Prescott, Arizona, according to spokesman Harlan Boll. Toni Tennille, 
Dragon’s ex-wife and longtime musical partner, was by his side.

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IT WAS ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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It was on this day in 1962.

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Actress Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane Mortenson)
(June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962)

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On Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor on this day in 1884, the cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid.


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On this day in 1957, American Bandstand made its network debut on ABC-TV. The show was hosted by Dick Clark. Until this day the show
had been a local show in Philadelphia since 1952.

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From left: singer Paul Anka and Bandstand host Dick Clark

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CHUBBY CHECKER IS 75 TODAY

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Chubby Checker (born Ernest Evans in Spring Gully, South Carolina)

Recording artist Chubby Checker dominated the 1960s music scene with the
dance song "The Twist." and also made the "Limbo Rock" song and dance
style popular. In September 2008 "The Twist" topped Billboard’s list of the
most popular singles to have appeared in the Hot 100 since its debut in 1958.

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Dick Clark and Chubby Checker on American Bandstand.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1964

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Dustry Springfield (Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien)
(April 16, 1939 – March 2, 1999)

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