"Those boys who were 14 and 15 and 16 were sleeping with each other.”
A show where well-dressed teens gently bop around to the big hits while maintaining an appropriate distance apart hardly seems like it would be a hot bed of sexual experimentation, but American Bandstand apparently featured a crew of Philadelphia kids who had more than dancing in common. Read more...
Coney Island Press The book Bandstand Diaries was published last fall. But sometimes, in this era of news aggregation, it takes a belated bit of coverage to kick-start media attention. In this case, the kick-starter was a weekend New York Post feature by Jerry Oppenheimer. The journalist's gathered comments from co-author Ray Smith, a retired...
A new book by Bandstand alumnus, Arlene Sullivan brings the truth to light.
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RIP. Joni Sledge. REALITY-BASED GOVERNING. Trump is trying to do away with it: “We’re seeing a broad White House effort to corrode the very ideal of reality-based governing, something that includes not just a discrediting of institutions such a… Read The post Joni Sledge, American Bandstand, Spencer Ludwig, Ed Sheeran, L.A. Show More Summary
Fifty years later, celebrating a band that killed itself to live.
When she was 10 years old, the woman now known as Sharon Sultan Cutler would rush home from school in the town of East Meadow on Long Island in New York. She would gobble down some cookies and milk and turn on the TV. The screen would fill with black-and-white images of teenagers dancing, the room...
“Music is the soundtrack of your life.”
1964: American Bandstand seeks to rival the great waltzes of Vienna.
The closing titles for Dance Party USA. (Photo: Museum of Classic Chicago Television/YouTube) With awkward fashion and decidedly non-professional dancers, Dance Party USA was a poor man’s American Bandstand. It was the kind of show where Stacey Q’s “Two of Hearts” and Nice & Wild’s "Diamond Girl"—yesssss!—played on repeat. Show More Summary
Off the release of This Is Acting, Sia has dropped a new lyric video for "Cheap Thrills," which comes packaged with a new verse from Sean Paul. The video's a trip back to the televised dance competitions of American Bandstand — interrupted, of course, by a pair of contestants in that... More »
Andy Grammer and Allison Holker impress yet again with their Dancing With The Stars routine on Monday night (September 28) in Hollywood. The duo danced an American Bandstand-inspired Quickstep for TV Icons Week, and earned a total of 29 points out of 30 from the judges! Awesome! PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Andy [...]
It was a night, all right. It was one of those. You know the kind…….the kind where you’d rather be nowhere else. An act of life’s goodness. I was wholly involved, taken over by an otherworldly groove coming off of a bandstand in a small...Show More Summary
Dick Clark: It must be three or four years since Richard began to tell me about the music that you people were making. You don't like to give it a name, David. David Byrne: No, not really. [via] (more…)
On this day in 1984 Madonna first sang "Holiday" on American Bandstand.
A toast: to the late, great media personality Dick Clark, a man who not only hosted three decades of American Bandstand and another three decades of New Years Rockin' Eve, but a man with a vision—a vision to live...
Steve Wahrer of The Trashmen going all out on American Bandstand in 1964. From Wikipedia: The Trashmen's biggest hit was 1963's "Surfin' Bird", which reached No.
By Ben Hunt of Epsilon Theory Well, Dick, it's got a good beat and you can dance to it. - standard response to Dick Clark's "how do you rate this song" question Dancing is a vertical expression of a horizontal desire. - Robert Frost I know nothing, except what everyone knows - if there when Grace dances, I should dance. Show More Summary
Dick Clark is one of the most beloved icons of American television. But was his American Bandstand a hotbed of sexual and racial discrimination? That's the claim made some inside sources, including stars of the show! According to a new report, Mr. Clark made a point of ferreting out any gay regulars and throwing them off the [...]